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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Eff Frosting

Yeah. I said it.

Eff frosting.

Frosting sucks. Well, not really. But, if you're like me and you're incompetent when it comes to any & all things frosting then it sucks. I can't frost a cake worth a darn. And, I learned this morning that I sure as heck can't make proper frosting.

Maybe it's because I used a new recipe that I've never tried before. A friend kindly suggested that maybe I should stop trying new recipes. Ouch.

To bring you up to speed...

I baked a cake for my FIL's birthday today. It's a cake that I've baked many times over the last few years - Black Magic Cake. Normally, I would just use a store bought frosting for the cake, but I'm trying to curb that habit. After all, store bought frosting is not worthy enough to be put on a made from scratch cake. At least not in my opinion. I've made cream cheese frosting in the past. I've made chocolate butter cream, too. But, what was so hard about that ridiculous vanilla butter cream recipe?!

I made it twice. Yes, twice...this morning. The issue wasn't the cake. It was nice & cool. The frosting just wasn't up to par and I followed the recipe {word for word} both times. Needless to say, during my drive to work this morning, the top layer of the cake slid off (thanks to the crappy frosting), broke into three pieces within the cake carrier & I deemed the cake beyond salvageable and unfit to serve. The hubs - yes, I work with my husband - graciously accepted the top layer {I lve my garbage gut!} and the remainder of the cake was taken to the dumpster.

I suppose it was funny to see the cake in all of it's broken up glory. Sure, I laughed about it...I mean, it's not every day that a 2-layer cake falls apart on you. However, it's never happened to me before and it seriously bothered me. I know that had I given myself enough time to chill the cake while frosting that maybe this incident wouldn't have happened, BUT I've never had to do that in the past. I suppose I'm just mostly disappointed with my inability to make proper frosting because upon closer inspection the frosting was just icky looking -- is that a sign that I SHOULD be using store bought frosting on my lovely cakes??

So, dear, sweet BAKING friends of YOU have a go-to frosting recipe that has never let you down? If so, please share it with me...I need a good one. An idiot proof one. A frosting recipe that will give my baking pride that extra bit of "oomph" that is clearly missing from my spirit...yes, that's what I need.

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Blogger Katie said...

Oh no! I'm sorry about your cake! I am not great at homemade frosting either. I usually "doctor up" canned frosting haha. Maybe check Bakerella's blog for a recipe...?

And what do you do that you and your hubby work together?

Jul 8, 2009, 1:34:00 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Funny, I just made a double batch of buttercream for two cake orders I have this week! It sounds like it may have been too soft. Also, butter doesn't always hold up very well in heat and humidity, so maybe the weather affected it? I know down here in LA it is better to use Crisco since it doesn't melt like butter.

I use half butter, half Crisco. Cream together, add a few dashes of cream of tarter. Almond extract and butter vanilla flavoring. Add powdered sugar and water by the tablespoon as needed until you have a big bowl of icing.

Jul 8, 2009, 4:20:00 PM  
Blogger Miss Sweet Tea said...

I'm sorry!! That is no fun :( Don't be too hard on yourself though!

Jul 8, 2009, 6:28:00 PM  
Blogger Brittany Ann said...

It had to be the humidity! The stupid heat! Totally not your fault, and hey, at least you tried. That gives you an A for effort, because seriously, I'm not even good enough to attempt the homemade stuff.

Jul 8, 2009, 8:28:00 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

aww that is so sad!! But I completely agree that it needs to be homemade when it is a homemade cake!

Jul 8, 2009, 11:25:00 PM  
Blogger BLC :o said...

Omg, "eff" has me in stitches!!! Bless your heart ... I don't mean to laugh, but humor can help, right!? Xoxo-BLC

Jul 8, 2009, 11:49:00 PM  
Blogger Lis @ ATruckerWife said...

I make my own buttercream with 3-4 simple ingredients.
Butter (non salted)
powdered sugar
(vanilla if you want)

I'm making some for anna's cake this weekend and can try to get measurements for you :) I usually just go by taste and texture.

Jul 9, 2009, 8:31:00 AM  

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