Homemade buttercream frosting is delicious, but sometimes you don’t have the time — or the amounts of butter and powdered sugar — that you need in order to make homemade frosting. That’s when it’s time to cheat and use a container of store-bought frosting. Store-bought frosting on top of a boxed cake mix was a part of nearly every family birthday celebration when I was growing up, so although I do a lot of baking from scratch these days, I’m still fond of a good boxed cake mix and can of frosting. Aldi sells several types of canned frostings as everyday Regular Buys that are available all year.
Baker’s Corner Frosting cost $1.15 for a 16-ounce container at the time of publication. Betty Crocker frostings sold for $1.50 each at Walmart at the time of writing, so the Aldi frosting is a slightly better deal.
The Aldi frostings are available in three flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, and Cream Cheese. They’re sold at room temperature and can be found in the aisle with all the other baking supplies such as boxed cake mixes, flour, sugar, vegetable oil, and mug cake mixes.
These frostings are all advertised as being “rich and creamy” and their primary ingredients are sugar, vegetable shortening, water, and corn syrup. Obviously, they’re not the same as homemade, but they work in a pinch when you need something to put on top of your cake or cupcakes.
If you’re looking out for allergens, all of these frosting flavors contain soy, and the vanilla and cream cheese flavors also contain milk.
Before using, the frosting should be stored in a cool place. To use the frosting, simply stir it, then spread it on top of a cooled 13×9-inch cake, 8- or 9-inch two-layer cake, or 24-32 cupcakes. Store your cake or cupcakes loosely covered. Cover and refrigerate any leftover frosting for up to one month.
Taste Testing the Frosting
I spread the Baker’s Corner Vanilla Frosting atop a Baker’s Corner Classic White Cake. The frosting was soft and easy to spread on the cake, and I had no problems with the frosting tearing up the cake.
The cake itself was moist and tasted great. My family had mixed opinions about the frosting. Some of us just aren’t big fans of canned frosting, while others thought this tasted fine and was comparable to name-brand vanilla frostings. I opened a can of Betty Crocker Vanilla Frosting alongside the Aldi vanilla frosting, and the Betty Crocker vanilla frosting had a stronger vanilla scent and flavor and was creamier, while the Aldi vanilla frosting had less vanilla flavor and smelled more processed or plasticky, so I personally won’t choose the Baker’s Corner Vanilla Frosting again.
This Aldi vanilla frosting was part of a Taste of Home taste test, in which they did blind tastings of six different canned frostings with brands ranging from Betty Crocker to Duncan Hines to Great Value. Three got accolades or at least honorable mention, but the Aldi frosting was not among them. On the other hand, several Aldi fans on Reddit say the Aldi frosting tastes the same as name brand canned frostings, so opinions may vary based on personal preference.
After trying the vanilla frosting, I moved on to try the Baker’s Corner Cream Cheese Frosting atop some Baker’s Corner Devil’s Food Cake that I baked into cupcakes. Once again, the cake was moist and flavorful. The cream cheese frosting, while slightly better than the vanilla frosting, still left us underwhelmed. It has a faint cream cheese taste, but otherwise it tasted a lot like the vanilla frosting, including the odd smell and fake-ish flavor. I probably won’t buy this frosting flavor again either.
Finally, I tried the Baker’s Corner Chocolate Frosting on some Baker’s Corner Classic Yellow Cake. This chocolate frosting was the best of all the Aldi frostings we tried. It has good chocolate flavor without the odd smell the white frosting and cream cheese frosting have. This frosting seemed a little thicker, and I had to be more careful spreading it on my sheet cake so it didn’t tear it up. Nevertheless, it tastes good and I’d buy this one again.
Baker’s Corner Frosting comes in vanilla, cream cheese, and chocolate flavors. The chocolate is easily the best of the bunch. My family thought the vanilla and cream cheese frostings had an odd taste and smell, so we’ll be sticking with name brands for those flavors. However, we’d eat the chocolate frosting again.