A quick and easy recipe for Cool Whip frosting takes about 15 minutes to prepare and calls for only 4 ingredients: a 3.9 ounce package of instant pudding mix, 1 cup cold milk, 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 1 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip. The flavor of pudding used in the recipe depends on the flavor of frosting desired. Chocolate, vanilla, chocolate fudge and lemon are all delicious options.
Using a whisk, beat the pudding mix, milk and powdered sugar together in a large bowl for two minutes. Stir in the Cool Whip. If vanilla pudding is used, add food coloring to the frosting to tint it the desired color. Use the frosting immediately, or store it for up to 24 hours covered in the refrigerator. This recipe frosts up to 36 cupcakes, using about 2 tablespoons on each cake.
For a fluffy cream cheese frosting using Cool Whip, use a mixer to beat 4 ounces softened cream cheese with a 7-ounce jar of marshmallow creme until blended. Use the low setting to fold in an 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip, and mix just until blended. This recipe is delicious on red velvet cupcakes and frosts up to 24 small cakes. The total preparation time is five minutes.