Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Frosting To Go With That Cake!

If you're going to make cake, you most certainly need some frosting to go with it! And that's what I've got for you today -- frosting recipes!
These are all recipes I've used countless times. They've stood up to the test of everybody who's tried them, including my hubby, who isn't a big fan of either cake or frosting. That's a good sign, right!?!

The first recipe is for good ol' vanilla frosting. It is a bit soft so if you live in the tropics, you'll need to keep this refrigerated.
Vanilla Frosting

2 1/4 c. confectioners'/icing/powdered sugar
6 Tbsp. butter or margarine, softened
3 Tbsp. whole milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

In large bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla until blended. Increase speed to med-high; beat until light and fluffy, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula.

Variation: Chocolate Frosting
Prepare as above, but beat in 3 oz. semisweet chocolate, melted.

This second recipe is a relatively new one for me, but we love it!
Cream Cheese Frosting

16 oz. cream cheese
10 Tbsp. butter, softened
4 tsp. vanilla
4 c. confectioners'/icing/powdered sugar

Beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until combined. Beat in sugar until desired consistency.

Variation: Add fresh lemon juice to taste! (This is my favorite!)

This last frosting recipe is used with my chocolate cake recipe from last week. This is by far my family's favorite way to eat cake!
Mint Frosting

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. solid shortening (could recplace with butter, too)
2 tsp. peppermint extract
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 lbs. confectioners'/icing/powdered sugar
6-7 Tbsp. milk

On low speed, beat butter, shortening, and extracts until combined. Gradually beat in sugar and 6 Tbsp. of milk, until smooth. Add extra Tbsp. of milk if needed.

*On a side note, each of these recipes make various quantities. I just make the full recipe and then freeze the extras. They all freeze quite well, and then they are ready to go at a moment's notice!

Now how about you? Do you have any go-to frosting recipes? We'd love to see them!


Nancy said...

Hi, Just thought I would post the chocolate frosting recipe that I used recently. My family all loved it on the cola chocolate cake! Homemade Chocolate Frosting

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine
2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.

Jen said...

I plan to print out these recipes! Thanks! Boxed cake mixes in the Northern Territory of Australia cost nealy $6.00.