I’m always on the hunt for that perfect frosting recipe. I’m not a buttercream person. The thick and overly sweet texture of it just turns me off. I’m not going to disagree that a stiff buttercream is a great base for cake decorating. But eating that thick stuff, for me anyway, is just not a good thing.
Years ago I took a cake decorating class. The frosting we used was made with shortening and it was pretty much the nastiest thing I had ever tasted. But it was fantastic for learning how to frost and decorate a cake perfectly. You could pretty much do anything with that frosting. It grabbed onto color perfectly, it went on smooth as glass, and whatever tip you used to decorate that cake with just held up beautifully. But eating it is a big no! It tastes like exactly what it was…shortening with sugar.
Before each class we had to bring our baked cake to class and then we would frost and decorate it with our instructor showing us new and different techniques. After class each week I would drop off my decorated cake to my boyfriend’s house. There was nobody in our house who would eat it. I’m not even sure anyone in his house ate it either. The oddest part of all though was that just a few short weeks before I stated taking this class he proposed to me. Amazing he didn’t demand the ring back after being forced to eat those gross cakes each week. I don’t think I would have blamed him if he did.
Since that time I have been in search for the perfect frosting. I’ve come across a few buttercream frosting recipes that were better than others, but still nothing that has made me want to really come back for more.
I love whipped cream, but it tends to break down after a few hours and doesn’t hold up that great when wanting to be adventurous with decorating. Whipped frosting, like the ones you get on bakery cakes are fantastic, but I have yet to find a good recipe for one.
With that I tried my hand at my own whipped frosting. That is what I decorated these cupcakes with. Let’s just say this was easily a flop.
I searched online and found a few recipes, and tried my hand at altering them. The end result was horrible. A whipped frosting that was not able to be piped well, and while not overly sweet, it was just an odd taste all the way around.
So I have no recipe to share with you today. Not even the cupcakes themselves. They were Betty Crocker’s Moist Deluxe Double Chocolate and those were good and the best part of this whole baking fiasco.
Since I make it a personal vow to myself to share not only my triumphs in the kitchen but my flops as well, this is my flop for the week.
If you have a good frosting recipe that is not thick and overly sweet I would love it if you would share it. Have pity on my sickening attempt at a good frosting.