Posts Tagged ‘frosting’

Passionfruit Buttercream Frosting

July 1, 2010

Frosting Recipe

The  Coral Reef Cooler inspiration effect strikes again.  I’m really not sure what it is about this drink that makes me want cupcakes…. but for whatever reason, I wound up – once again – whipping up some basic white cupcakes at 11 pm and dreaming up a new frosting.

This time, the frosting flavor was born completely out of necessity.  I had butter, powdered sugar, but no milk.  As I pondered this problem and mulled over the idea of putting on some clothes suitable for the streets of New York (i.e. NOT my stretched out sweatpants), I happened to look at my cocktail and inspiration struckWhy not use my leftover passionfruit juice instead of milk?

After tinkering around I ended up with a rather delightful – if not a TINY bit too sweet – frosting.  I ended up adding a little lemon juice and extract for a kick and red and yellow food coloring to get the tropical color I felt passionfruit frosting should have.


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) softened to room temp (6-10 seconds in microwave works nicely
  • 1 1/4 lb of powdered sugar (1 1/4 boxes – the conversions of this are tricky, it’s going to be around 3 1/2 cups if you pour the sugar into the measuring cup and don’t pack)
  • 1 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons passionfruit juice (no pulp)
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoons lemon extract

What you’ll need to clean up afterward

  • 1 Mixing bowl
  • 1 wooden spoon (if you’re going hard core… if not, a hand mixer)
  • Measuring cup, tablespoon and teaspoon

Step One: Cream the butter with a whisk

Step Two: Combine the butter and powdered sugar and one tablespoon of lemon juice in the mixing bowl.  You can continuously stir with a spoon, use a mixer, or use your hands to mash sugar and butter together into one large lump (the quickest method).

Step Three: Start stirring (or mixing on medium speed) and adding the passionfruit juice  one tablespoon at a time.  If, after adding the remaining 5 tablespoons of liquids, the frosting is too thick, add additional juice one teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. WARNING: the juice gives the frosting a lower “melting temp” so you may want to leave it a little thicker than you normally would.

Step Four: Apply frosting to your cake, cupcake… or eat with a spoon 🙂

-Eat Hearty!

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Lemon Buttercream Frosting

June 9, 2010

Frosting Recipe

When life gives you leftover lemon twists… make lemon cupcakes?

Keith and I decided to make Coral Reef Coolers this weekend and the recipe calls for lemon twists as a garnish.  Now those of you who have tended bar (in what would have to be a ridiculously pretentious “mixology” throwback lounge), or just love classic drinks, know what a pain in the butt it is to cut a lemon twist — which is essentially a curlicue of lemon peel.

At any rate, I ended up with close to 30 lemon twists, and CLEARLY Keith and I weren’t going to have 30 Tropic Coolers and live to tell about it.  So I did the sensible thing with my leftover garnish… made lemon cupcakes to go with them.

After 3-4 drinks (which are deceptively delicious btw), I wish I could say I was in the mood to make cupcakes from scratch… but I’m just not that good.  I used a Williams & Sonoma lemon cake mix someone gave me as a gift *GASP*… which was actually pretty good.  I like to think I wasn’t totally bad — I did mess a bit with the instructions, adding zest, lemon extract, almond extract, some extra butter and a little sour cream — but I won’t claim the cake recipe.

I did, however, draw the line at canned frosting and made my own lemon buttercream that turned out deliciously, if I do say so myself.


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) softened to room temp (6-10 seconds in microwave works nicely
  • 1 1/4 lb of powdered sugar (1 1/4 boxes – the conversions of this are tricky, it’s going to be around 3 1/2 cups if you pour the sugar into the measuring cup and don’t pack)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract (I like mine very lemony… so I use 2)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest

What you’ll need to clean up afterward

  • 1 Mixing bowl
  • 1 wooden spoon (if you’re going hard core… if not, a hand mixer)
  • Measuring cup, tablespoon and teaspoon

Step One: Cream the butter with a whisk

Step Two: Combine the butter and powdered sugar and one tablespoon of milk in the mixing bowl.  You can continuously stir with a spoon, use a mixer, or use your hands to mash sugar and butter together into one large lump (the quickest method).

Step Three: Start stirring (or mixing on medium speed) and adding the remaining milk and lemon juice  one tablespoon at a time.  If, after adding the remaining 3 tablespoons of liquids, the frosting is too thick, add additional milk or lemon juice (depending on how tart you like your frosting) one teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.

Step Four: Stir in lemon zest for that final lemon “kick.”

Step Five: Apply frosting to your cake, cupcake… or eat with a spoon 🙂

-Eat Hearty!

Peanut-Buttercream Frosting

May 10, 2010

Frosting Recipe

For the BBQ on Saturday, I decided to make another batch of the Peanut-Butter Filled Chocolate Cupcakes I made last weekend (I realize it’s only been a week… clearly, I have a problem).

The only difference is that this time I didn’t drop my frosting bowl and get powdered sugar all over the floor.  The result? I was finally able to make the Peanut-Buttercream Frosting that I had wanted to try on the cupcakes.

One word: Delicious.

Now, if you’re not a peanut-butter fan – clearly – you won’t like this frosting.  Everyone else is sure to enjoy on pretty much any type of cupcake (barring Red Velvet, Carrot Cake, or Lemon cake).   You might have to finesse the amount of peanut butter you use depending on how you want to apply the frosting and what consistency you’re looking for (more PB makes a denser frosting).

Interesting Frosting Anecdote: As usual, I was running WAY behind getting ready for the BBQ and -more importantly – the requisite commute to Jersey City (thank GOD my friend Lianne drove). By “running late” I mean I was supposed to arrive at 1:30 and STARTED making the cupcake batter at 12:30, which clearly meant we arrived at 3* (traffic in the tunnel… I swear).  Obviously, this meant I did not have time to cool and frost the cupcakes at home, so I brought my handy frosting knife and my freshly made frosting and did a little “on site frosting demonstration” – margarita in one hand cupcake in the other.

In my somewhat tipsy state, I came up with the phrase “press and swirl” to describe how to adequately frost a cupcake a la Magnolia or Billy’s.  I had a small crowd watching and even had a couple “first timers” try their hand at frosting their own cupcake.  So Fun!  Press and Swirl – remember that. 🙂

*Fortunately they “fake timed us” (the party didn’t start until 3 anyway) so we were fine.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup smooth (not chunky) peanut butter – I used Skippy
  • 1 1/4 lb of powdered sugar (1 1/4 boxes – the conversions of this are tricky, it’s going to be around 3 1/2 cups if you pour the sugar into the measuring cup and don’t pack)
  • 4-6 tablespoons of milk (depending on desired consistency)
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

What you’ll need to clean up afterward

  • 1 Mixing bowl
  • 1 wooden spoon (if you’re going hard core… if not, a hand mixer)
  • Measuring cup, tablespoon and teaspoon
  • *hopefully not* the floor 🙂

Step One: Combine the peanut-butter and powdered sugar and one tablespoon of milk in the mixing bowl.  Using your hands (or mixer, but honestly hands are easier at this point) mash the sugar and peanut-butter together into one large lump (if you feel like there’s too much sugar to combine everything, add a little more peanut butter – 1/8 cup at a time).

Step Two: Start stirring (or mixing on medium speed) and adding milk it one tablespoon at a time.  If, after adding the remaining 3 tablespoons of milk, the frosting is too thick, add additional milk one teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.

Step Three: Apply frosting to your cake, cupcake… or eat with a spoon 🙂

-Eat Hearty!

The Press and Swirl

May 10, 2010

I had no idea someone was taking video of me frosting cupcakes at the BBQ this weekend (click on the link below 🙂 Thanks Nando!

It’s all about the press and swirl–here’s how on 12seconds.tv

This video is me applying Peanut-Buttercream Frosting to Peanut-Butter Filled Chocolate Cupcakes… yummy!

Disclaimer: at the end I drop the KNIFE not the cupcake (which I put back on the tray).  The knife was then cleaned before continuing, just want to be clear.

-Eat Hearty