a cooking blog from one foodie to another... I rarely if ever use real measurements... my recipes are more like guidelines... but along the way we usually land on something kinda delectable...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Okay, this is HANDS DOWN my favorite frosting recipe so far. It is yummy and fairly easy to do.

1 cup softened butter [cream it in mixer]
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar [add it slowly to the creamed butter]
1/2 cup cocoa powder [again add it slowly... if you don't you will have clouds of chocolate ALL over your kitchen!]
2 tsp vanilla
4 Tbsp heavy cream

[one caveat:  because of the butter and cream in this, you MUST refrigerate frosted cupcakes and any leftover frosting]

Vanilla Bean Buttercream

I'm a little bit obsessed with vanilla beans. I, however, have to confess, I have yet to actually use a vanilla bean, but I'm in love with vanilla bean ice cream AND I found the coolest stuff at Williams and Sonoma: vanilla bean paste. FANTABULOUS! Soooooo! I changed up my vanilla buttercream recipe by replacing the vanilla with vanilla bean paste. I add A LOT (sorry again... I don't really measure)... SEVERAL tablespoons until I could really taste the vanilla bean.

This is the pink vanilla bean buttercream we did for Hannah's b-day.
It really made the difference, AND it leaves those cool vanilla bean flecks which make your frosting look oh so gourmet.

BLT Pasta Salad

Ohmigosh! I sooooooooooo just made up the BEST pasta salad EVER! Try it and AGREE! Amazing pasta salad!
(Sorry I don't measure much...)
A blob of Mayo (maybe 1 cup)
Same size blob of sour cream
1 pound of cooked bacon crumbles
1 pint of halved grape tomatoes
A couple of handfuls of shredded cheddar
Fistful of chopped green onions
A wedge of diced lettuce
Sprinkle of salt
Box of cooked pasta
Mix it all up and ENJOY!

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