To continue with the recipes for the holidays from the DiscountRamps.com staff, Dawnee (the Executive Assistant) and I (Jacci the IT Manager) wanted to share our favorite recipe for frosting.
A few months back, Dawnee and I took a cake decorating class at our local craft store. One of the first things we learned was how to make our own frosting. We could not believe how easy it was to make. Below is the recipe for the basic buttercream frosting we learned, along with a couple of cakes we shared with the DiscountRamps.Com staff.
1 cup vegetable shortening (I preferred butter flavored shortening )
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioner’s sugar (aka powdered sugar–about 1lb)
2 tablespoons milk or water
In a large bowl cream the vegetable shortening, add in vanilla. Slowly add in the sugar (I like using a flexible cutting board or paper plate for this) with your mixer at medium speed. Scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure all sugar is mixed in. Add in the water/milk and continue to mix at a medium speed until it’s light and fluffy. This is for a stiffer consistency which works well for flowers and other decorations on the cake. If you are using it to frost a cake, add in 2 more tablespoons of water/milk to give it a thinner consistency.
Now to show off our cakes!
First up is Dawnee’s cake–she made a chocolate cake with raspberry filling and mint frosting. She did a cherry blossom design for her cake.
To make a mint frosting replace the vanilla extract with a mint extract.
Next is my cake–I made a red velvet cake with orange frosting filling and the same frosting was used on the outside. I made a basic flower design with peanut butter chips in the middle.
To make the orange frosting, replace the vanilla extract with the orange extract. I actually used 2 teaspoons for my frosting because I didn’t think it was orangey enough with 1.
Thanks for taking the time to look, if you have any questions, tips or comments please leave them in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!