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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!
For the holiday season we will be featuring favorite recipes to share around the office from the Discount Ramps.com staff.
Here is a post from our Customer Service Department!
Hi my name is Peggy Leasum and I am the Customer Service Manager with Discount Ramps. I have been with the company for over 7 years and really enjoy what I do.
I would like to share a recipe with you , that is a family favorite. We first experienced Banana Split Torte about 6 years ago at a family reunion in Sturgeon Bay. This recipe has also been a favorite with the Discount Ramps team. I’ve made it for our company picnics for the past few summers.
Banana Split Torte
1 ½ cups Graham Cracker crumbs (approx. 1 pack of graham crackers)
1 cup Sugar , divided
1/3 cup Butter , melted
2 pkg. 8oz. Each Cream Cheese , softened
1 can 20oz. Crushed Pineapple , drained
6 medium Bananas , divided
3 cups cold Milk
3 pkg (4 serving size each) Vanilla Instant Pudding
2 cups Cool Whip , divided
1 cup chopped Pecans
Chocolate Syrup and Maraschino Cherries
Mix Graham Cracker crumbs, ¼ cup Sugar and 1/3 cup Butter. Press into 13×9 pan and freeze for 20 minutes. Beat Cream Cheese and ¾ cup of Sugar. Spread over frozen crust (works best if you do this step as soon as you take the crust out of the freezer), top with drained Pineapple and 4 sliced Bananas. Beat Milk and pudding mixes, stir in 1 cup Cool Whip and spread over Banana layer. Top with remaining Cool Whip (you may need to add a little depending on your preference). Sprinkle with nuts (if you choose), drizzle with Chocolate Syrup and add Maraschino Cherries as a finishing touch. Although the original recipe is very good, we have tweaked it over the years. If you like a little more pudding like we do, use 1 large box of Vanilla Instant Pudding and 2 small boxes of French Vanilla Instant Pudding with the 3 cups of Milk. We also added the Chocolate Syrup and Maraschino Cherries because we felt that reflected a true Banana Split. I also changed the recipe a little bit to save a few calories by using low fat Cream Cheese, 1% lowfat Milk and light Cool Whip. This recipe makes approx. 16 generous pieces – Enjoy!
Thanks for the yummy recipe Peggy!
Watch for more recipes this holiday season from other Discount Ramps departments!
This was submitted by Debra M from our Auction Sites Department.
I would like to introduce myself and 2 co-workers I work closely with. In the picture from left to right are Jeremy, myself, and Bob. Jeremy has been with our company since spring 2009. He is a very talented individual who works with content development, product photography and graphic design, and helps to improve Discount Ramp’s web presence. Along with this, he also helps maintain a strong product line on Amazon, constantly adding new products and growing our presence there. I have have been with Discount Ramps since April 2005 and I absolutely LOVE MY JOB!!! I am currently the eBay and Amazon account managers. As such, I am responsible for answering emails, processing refunds, problem solving, etc for ebay and Amazon and our vast network of web sites. I am also the go-to person for returned products. Products returned are sold at a discount and I know what is available or can help you find what you are looking for, new or used. I also make sure those items, floor samples, discontinued products, and refused delivery items are listed on ebay and/or are sold. Bob started with the company in 2003. He set up and started our very successful ebay program from the ground before moving onto other functions within the company. He still helps maintain the site by adding new products whenever he can. This can be a never-ending job since Discount Ramps is constantly growing and offering a new array of products every week. He is not only our company sales manager but was recently promoted to company President. If anyone has a question about anything he’s the one who knows!!!
Thanks for sharing Debra!
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|Thanks for reading! Jay Tamez – Discount Ramps LLC
Here is a post from Cherie our Accounting Department Manager.
I am pleased to announce the Accounting Department added two new team members to our department this past summer. Everyone at DiscountRamps.Com would like to welcome Andrea and Linda to the Accounting Staff. Andrea and Linda both joined us during our busy season on July 13th. Andrea will be completing her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting spring 2012 and Linda just finished her Bachelor’s degree in Business this past summer. Both were a huge part in keeping up with the daily tasks and taking on new things. Thank you Andrea and Linda for joining the Discount Ramps.com team!
Thanks for reading! Jay Tamez – Discount Ramps LLC