Monday, August 29, 2011


Today is another birthday in our house.  Andrew turns 12!  I can hardly believe it.

I'm sure Elliott will post pictures of the small family celebration later, but in the meantime, I thought I would post my favorite chocolate frosting recipe.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
(adapted from Better Homes and Gardens)

1/2 c. butter, room temperature
1/2 c. dutch processed cocoa powder
1/4 c. heavy cream, plus more
1 tsp. vanilla
4 c. powdered sugar

Begin by creaming the butter on its own in a large bowl.  Add the cocoa, and cream until combined.  Use a spatula to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl, and then add the cream and vanilla, beating well.
Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, creaming the ingredients well and scraping the side and bottom of the bowl.  After the 3rd and 4th cups of sugar, you may want to add a little bit more cream.  I usually add about 1 Tbs. more cream, but it depends on the humidity where you are.  Here in AZ, I needed to add a little bit more than that.

Once the frosting is completely creamed, it will frost middle, top, and sides of an 8" 2-layer cake, or 24 cupcakes.

(Once upon a time, when Andrew was an only child.)



Barbara said...

Sorry I didn't get his birthday book off sooner but maybe he got it today? or tomorrow? Hard to believe only one more year and he will be a teenager!

Jenny said...

Oh that cake looks good. yum.
And Happy Birthday to Andrew! I hope he had a wonderful day!!!

ps - this year is a complete fail for me and birthday cards. Next year . . .

Carla said...

Has it really been twelve years ago??