Tuesday, July 6, 2010
How to Make Your Own Cake Frosting!
My picture today is deceptive. It was my youngest daughter's first birthday this weekend and this was her cake. My husband prefers store bought frosting when he star tips cakes for its constancy. I dislike it for its trans fats and the fact that I always run out at 10pm. The last time this happened I decided to try something daring: I made it myself! I always thought this was a super complex task only to be attempted by the most qualified professional bakers. Uh, no. Its super easy. Its simply a combination of butter, confectionery sugar, a little vanilla, and a little milk (plus color if necessary). Here's the recipe I started with, but now I just wing it and you will be able to also.
1 lb confectioners sugar
1/2 c butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp milk
Thats it...just mix it all together until it forms frosting! If its too thick, add just a little drizzle of milk and mix.
For chocolate frosting add some cocoa powder as well.
For a second point today a blog I frequent Heavenly Homemakers celebrates GratiTuesday each week and asks its readers to talk about what they are thankful for. As I reflected on this today, I first of all was very thankful for the string of green lights I got on the way to pick up my daughter from playground camp, and of course my family, but on a relevant topic to this site--I'm thankful for all these tips I've learned. Many of these were the result of friends or family members sharing their knowledge with me, and encouraging me to try things. I think presently of my dear friend Alissa who encouraged me to try making my own Alfredo sauce, or my friend Laura who told me about the cookie time saver. Of course there are other friends who've shared tips that I'm not going to mention here right now, but know I'm thankful for you too.