Tuesday, October 04, 2011

my new favorite chocolate frosting

Because I am *positive* you need more chocolate in your life, I am joining Amanda's Weekend Bloggy Reading link party at Serenity Now. 

Weekend Bloggy Reading

On Sun. I whipped up a batch of chocolate cupcakes. And I was planning on making cream cheese frosting, but I keep whole sticks of butter in the freezer.
Do you do that?
It seems like a great idea, but then whenever I need butter for baking I have to either think about the butter ahead of time (what?!) or wait forever for it to thaw on the counter.
Don't try to microwave your frozen butter.
It never ends well.

nom nom nom

So I pulled out the butter and let it thaw while the cupcakes baked.
But that's not enough time...not even close.
So I was becoming more and more impatient, and I totally did eat a naked cupcake and it was just NO GOOD.
And then I looked at the box of cocoa powder.

The clouds parted and angels sang...the simple recipe on the box calls for melted butter.

cuppie cakes

"Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Frosting
*taken directly from the cheap-o box of Hershey's Cocoa*

1/2 c. butter (ok, it says "or margarine" but promise me you will never make this with anything but real butter)
2/3 c. unsweetened cocoa
3 c. powdered sugar
1/3 c. milk
1 t. vanilla extract

*Melt butter. Stir in cocoa.
*Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating on med. speed to spreading consistency. Add more milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla.

Makes about 2 c.

blurry baby - he doesn't like to hold still, and I think someone touched the lens

My notes:
I made this in a large sauce pot, and I skipped using the mixer (didn't want to destroy the inside of my pot, and didn't want to dirty another bowl). It came together really easily and has an almost fudge-like consistency (which is pretty awesome). I added the vanilla when I added the last bit of milk (I thought it would be sort of hard to evenly mix in the vanilla otherwise). If you did use an electric mixer the frosting would probably be a bit fluffier, but the fudgieness is so yummm...I'm not sure I'll ever make this with a mixer. I also had more than I needed to frost 24 cupcakes - but I didn't pile on the frosting...it's really rich, you probably wouldn't want to anyway.

he prefers to clean his own face. thankyouverymuch.

Where do you keep your butter?
What's you favorite frosting?


rebecca @ older and wisor said...

"Where do you keep your butter?" has now officially been added to my (growing) collection of creepy pick up lines.

Oh, and that baby face is scrumptious.

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons said...

I'm certain the bane of my existence is wating for butter to soften when melted butter isn't on the recipe.

that and folding fitted sheets... and doing dishes.

oh domestic life beats me ever time =) haha!

have a fab weekend girly!

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

Sounds delicious! Everything tastes better with frosting - well, almost everything.

Danielle Michelle said...

You kill me. I love that recipe. My butter is always melted because I have no patience.

Michelle said...

yummo!!! My butter is in the fridge -- but I am never patient enough to wait for it to soften... I HATE that!!

Chelsea @ {twotwentyone} said...

Looks delicious! I keep my buttah in the fridge, next to my cream cheese. :)

Chelsea @ {twotwentyone} said...

Oh, and I'm a total photo creeper-- I see your sofa in the background of one of the pics. I like it. Where'd ya get it?