Excuse me please. I don’t mean to brag, BUT I need to brag for a minute. My polka dot cake was the star of the Christmas party. Isn’t she cute?
I grew that icing in the back of my fridge for the last three months in order to get that pretty shade of green. I simply scraped off the white fuzzies and stirred. It’s natural penicillin…no strep throat in my house.
I made chocolate cake with buttercream icing. The polka dots are my favorite candy – M&M’s.
If you’d like the chocolate cake recipe, it’s on the back of the box of Hershey’s Cocoa Powder. You’ll need the Hershey’s Cocoa to make the cake anyway, so add it to your grocery list. The directions are easy to follow and I’m sure you have all the ingredients already stocked in your pantry.
I’ve been making buttercream icing for several years and it’s always a big hit. Today I’ll share my secret recipe with the world. READY?
3 sticks butter softened, but not drippy.
1 bag powdered sugar
3-5 TBS heavy cream or 1/2 & 1/2 (you can use milk, but with 3 sticks of butter, why bother)
2 TSP vanilla extract
Begin by beating the butter till it’s somewhat fluffy. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time. It helps if you have a Kitchen Aid mixer. I DO NOT! I’m reminded of this deficit every time I bake. After about 3 cups of sugar, you’ll notice the icing is too thick, add some cream (about a tablespoon…don’t rush it, you can always add more). Also, add about 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Mix, mix, mix. Add the remainder of the sugar and more cream and mix, mix mix.
There’s no exact science in my kitchen. Here’s how I know if it needs more vanilla or more powdered sugar, stick your finger in the icing and then lick. Please wash your hands after each finger scoop, unless of course you want to get even with someone. If that’s the case, pick your nose first.
Trust me, this icing is fabulous. Everybody LOVES it. It will make lots of icing…enough to layer between the cake and then cover the outside with a nice thick crust.
Caution: If you live in Florida, Texas, or Hawaii turn down the AC. Butter melts. Refrigerate. If you live in Maine, Alaska, or Canada, you can leave it on the counter for 9 months and it will be just fine.
Enjoy the Christmas goodies!
Well, don’t enjoy them too much.