Monday, July 12, 2010

Have your cake...

...and your frosting too!
Let's face it cakes & cupcakes are really just a means to the frosting anyways, right?
I don't care about making cakes from scratch, a box mix is fine by me.
But frosting is a whole 'nother story.
Have you had really good, homemade frosting?
It can't be beat!
Here are my three favorite basic frosting recipes:

Chocolate Buttercream

5 1/3 C powdered sugar

1/2 C Hershey's cocoa

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

1/2 C milk

2 tsp vanilla extract

Stir together cocoa & powdered sugar in a large bowl.

In another bowl, beat butter & 1C sugar-cocoa mixture;

add remaining sugar-cocoa mixture, milk & vanilla; beat to spreading consistency.

(from the Hershey's Best Loved Recipes cookbook)

Vanilla Bean Buttercream

1 stick unsalted butter (room temp, but not too soft)

1 lb powdered sugar

1 1/2 tsp real vanilla extract

3 Tbsp whole milk

pinch of salt

1 scraped vanilla bean

Cream together butter & sugar; add milk, vanilla, salt & vanilla bean scrapings; mix until thick and creamy.

(Thanks to Heather for sharing this delicious recipe!)

Cream Cheese Frosting

8oz cold cream cheese

5 Tbsp butter, softened

2 tsp vanilla

3C powdered sugar

Beat cream cheese, butter & vanilla until combined;

gradually add powdered sugar until you reach a spreading consistency.

(found here at slashfood)

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