A Word About Frostings

Despite my lack of posts, I’ve actually been quite busy with baking. I’ve been baking so much, actually, that my TV and my DVR have stopped speaking to me because they feel neglected, with me only paying the barest of attention to them while I bake, often playing a re-run of Good Eats or Chopped while I do my thing. Anyway, I don’t know why, but I feel the need to explain my absence somehow…  I feel like my poor blog feels neglected too.

I dislike buttercream frosting and never will be reconciled to its virtues as a frosting.  I despise uberly-sweet frostings and buttercream frosting tends to be one of those.  Which is why I tend to favor the cream cheese variety.  By the way, I found the best chocolate cream cheese frosting recipe on The Cupcake Project.  The site is a great resource for very reliable recipes.  I would also eventually try a whipped cream frosting, but I need a whipped cream frosting that doesn’t need to be refrigerated.  I did find a fascinating recipe tonight that involves both whipped cream and cream cheese so that the whole shebang would hold up at room temperature…So I’ve saved it for future use.  I also have a lavender cream cheese frosting I’m dying to try making and a mocha cream cheese frosting…from that recipe it sounds like it’s going to taste like a tiramisu that I made previously.  Oh, and a friend mentioned an Earl Grey frosting that she once had and testified to its great taste.  So one day I will get my hands on that too.  So many frostings, not enough cakes…

Anyway…

I tried making a green tea buttercream frosting tonight by adding some matcha powder to a vanilla bean frosting recipe from the Food Network site.  I pretty much added the matcha to taste.  Try as I might, I couldn’t get the matcha flavor to come through — the butter and the vanilla were overwhelming the subtle taste.  No pictures tonight though, sorry, but how exciting can a picture of greenish buttercream frosting really be?  Exactly.

This post is leading to something more interesting, I promise.  Just the mere mention of matcha is a hint that I’ve been up to something “matcha-cal”…get it?  Matchacal as opposed to magical?  Ok, I think the late hour is getting to me.  I’m not as funny as I normally am.  I hear crickets in the audience…

Till the next post!

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5 thoughts on “A Word About Frostings

  1. This is my first visit to your blog. I found you by chance and had planned only to say hello before moving on. I, instead, began to read your prior posts and stayed far longer than I planned. I really enjoyed my visit and will be back as often as I can. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  2. Aryanna – No, I've never tried making real buttercream…I'm hesitant because of the raw egg whites that are often required. But someday I will probably suck it up and try it anyway! Thanks for the recipes!

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