Frosting Dust
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Magical Frosting Dust

Imagine a frosting that comes in powdered format.  When you eat it, it dissolves in your mouth and tastes just like buttercream.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: powdered frosting, vanilla buttercream
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 138kcal


  • Your favorite frosting
  • 2.6 ounces of maltodextrin for every 1/2 cup of butter in your frosting. If you have other fat in your frosting recipe such as cream or milk, you'll need to add additional maltodextrin to keep a ratio of 40% maltodextrin to 60% fat in the end product. Don't want to do the math? You can always just add a little bit at a time until it works.


  • Use a double boiler or a metal mixing bowl over a pot of boiling water to heat the frosting until it becomes a thick liquid. Stir regularly during this process.
  • Remove frosting from heat.
  • Using a spatula, mix in maltodextrin (I found that when I used an electric mixer, it made the powder too clumpy).
  • The frosting will magically turn into frosting dust.
  • Use on everything!


Frosting dust lasts about a week. However, you could freeze it to extend the life. If you are using a frosting that you would normally keep refrigerated, I would suggest refrigerating the frosting dust as well.


Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 11mg | Sugar: 20g | Calcium: 0.1% | Iron: 0.3%