Frost it up

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Every time I make something that's frosted, I get asked how I made the frosting. It's so simple you wouldn't believe it (maybe you would but it sounded good when I said it lol). I use the same base recipe for all my frostings and then add different items to change the taste.

Base recipe

What you'll need:
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1 - 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 - 6 c powdered sugar
Cream the butter and vanilla on high speed of an electric mixer until very smooth and creamy. Gradually beat in sugar on low speed, increasing speed to high as the sugar mixes into the butter/vanilla mixture. If you start it out on high you'll have powdered sugar EVERYWHERE! Keep adding sugar until the frosting gets to the thickness you desire. Frost away! *Make sure your cake/cupcakes are cool before frosting*

For almond frosting: Omit vanilla and add 1 - 2 tsp almond extract

For cream cheese frosting: Reduce butter to 1/4 cup. Allow 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese to come to room temperature. Cream with butter and continue as above.

Colored frosting: Add 1 - 4 drops food coloring to bowl after the first sugar addition. Continue adding sugar until desired consistency. The more drops you use, the darker the color will be. Remember, you are starting with a yellow-white base color. If you add more than 6 drops, reduce the vanilla to 1 tsp.

Cherry frosting: Omit vanilla. Reduce butter to 1/4 cup. Add 1/4 cup of cherry pie filling and cream with butter. Continue as above. Alternately you could use cherry juice (like from a jar of maraschino cherries). Use about 1/8 cup of juice and increase sugar. Chop up some of the cherries and mix them in by hand at the end.

Other flavors: You could use any flavored extract in place of the vanilla. I've even tried root beer extract before. It was delicious by the way :) You could even use other flavors of pie filling. I've made cherry, pineapple, peach and blueberry and they were all great! Experiment until you find the flavor you love!

Cost (for base recipe):
butter - $2.38
vanilla (2 oz) - $1.96
powdered sugar - $1.67
Total - $2.09

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