May 13, 2012

chocolate buttercream frosting

Happy Mother's Day!  And Happy (early) Birthday, Mom!  My mom's birthday is on Tuesday, so this weekend is kind of a dual celebration.

We're pretty sure we have the best mom in the world, so we always try to do something special for her.  Last year we celebrated her birthday and Mother's Day the first day we arrived at Disney World for a vacation.  Needless to say, this year needed to be good.

So, my sister surprised my mom by coming to town.  She stopped by my apartment first and on the way to my parent's house, she called my mom to tell her about all the studying she had to do this weekend.  As she was talking about her busy weekend, she walked into my parent's living room where mom was on the phone with her.  It wasn't Disney World, but it was still quite the surprise!  We went to nice dinner and had cake and frozen yogurt.

Her favorite cake (and mine, too!) is white cake with chocolate frosting.  So, that's what was on the menu.  I made some chocolate buttercream frosting.  It's a creamy, fudgey, not-too-sweet chocolate frosting.  It's good stuff.

Make some for your mom and tell her how much you appreciate all she does for you.  You never can to tell her enough.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Recipe adapted from cdkitchen
Enough for a 9" 2-layer cake

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 3/4 c cocoa powder
  • 3 c powdered sugar
  • 1/3 c milk (more if necessary)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Cream the butter in a large mixing bowl (using a stand mixer or handheld).  Add 1/4 c cocoa and 1c powdered sugar.  Mix well.  Add about half of the milk and mix.  Continue to add the cocoa/powdered sugar and the milk alternately.  Add more milk, 1 tbsp at a time, if necessary so that the frosting is a good texture (I ended up using 1/3 c milk plus 2 tbsp).  Once all those ingredients are combined, add the vanilla and cream the frosting until it's nice and light.  Frost a cooled cake with the frosting.  I added a little more powdered sugar to the leftover frosting (so it is stiffer) and decorated the cake with a swirl on top, using a large star tip and a piping bag.

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