Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting


This decadent cake is topped with my Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting. Since I am not a fan of frostings that are grainy & made with shortening, I always go for something that is soft, creamy and preferably fresh.
If you have 5 minutes, then you have enough time to make this delicious shortening-free frosting. All you need is 5 ingredients!   Yes, you read this correctly...only 5 ingredients.
Take 8 ounces of cream cheese and slice it so that your mixer has a little bit less work to do.
Add to that 1 bar of room temperature butter. Turn on the mixer and whip it until the cream cheese and butter are nice and fluffy.
Add 1/2 cup of confectioner's (powdered) sugar. Do this a little at a time or else you're going to have sugar flying everywhere...and I do mean everywhere.
Time to grab the cocoa powder! I love cocoa powder...you can adjust the sweetness to be as dark/bitter as you want or as sweet/milky as you like.
So here I add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. If you like a richer chocolate flavor, add an additional tablespoon of cocoa powder.
While the mixer is doing its thing, I add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Then continue to whip on low speed until most of the white has been combined and is that beautiful chocolaty color.

Now, take a little taste just to see if it is as sweet as I like it....and since this was for my daughter Grace's birthday cake, I added an additional tablespoon of confectioner's powdered sugar.
Let the mixer do it's thing and when everything is beautifully blended you are ready to frost whatever is waiting on the counter next to you.
Tip: When frosting cupcakes, use a sandwich baggie to apply the frosting. Just snip the corner of the baggie and you have an instant pastry bag.

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Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: Enough for 12 cupcakes or 10" Round Cake

8 oz. Cream Cheese
1 stick Butter, room temperature
1/2 cup Confectioner's Sugar (powdered)
2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder (3 tablespoons for richer chocolate frosting)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

In a large mixing bowl add cream cheese & butter. Whip on medium speed until light and fluffy.

On low speed, add confectioner's sugar, a little at time. Whip until well incorporated.

Add cocoa powder. Whip on low speed until incorporated.

Add vanilla extract and continue to whip on low speed for 5-10 seconds.

Taste the frosting. If it is too bitter, add 1 tablespoon of confectioner's powdered sugar and whip on low speed just until incorporated.

Use for frosting & enjoy!

Refrigerate if not being used immediately. Allow to come to room temperature again before using.

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