Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cookie Dough Frosting: You heard me, COOKIE DOUGH FROSTING!

Okay, I though I had my act together.  I decided to buy store bought frosting to make D's cake for the Blue and Gold Banquet in order to save time.   I found out it helps if you actually bring the frosting home after purchasing it...ops.

So, in a panic I went to my favorite frosting recipe found on Our Best Bites.  It is the BEST!  Creamy, velvety, smooth and so easy.  It is different from other recipes because you cook part of it first and you use granulated sugar NOT powdered sugar.  It makes a creamy white frosting, and I knew I wanted a brown color, so I decided to try brown sugar instead of white.  The consistency looked good, and then I tasted it....YUM!  It tasted like cookie dough (duh, butter, brown sugar and vanilla taste like cookies).  I think this will now be my favorite.

COOKIE DOUGH FROSTING (modified from Our Best Bites)
3 Tbs. flour
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated/white sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

In a sauce pan whisk and cook flour and milk over medium heat until it comes to a boil and thickens into a thick paste (trust me the paste is where the magic is at).  Put in a bowl and chill in fridge until COMPLETELY cold.

Once the paste has chilled, In a mixing bowl combine sugars and butter.  Beat until light and fluffy.  Next add the chilled paste mixture and vanilla.  Beat it for 7-8 min (that is why an electric stand mixer works best) scraping down the sides occasionally.  It may look like a complete disaster to begin with, DON'T GIVE UP!  Just keep mixing it and it suddenly, magically comes together.  The finished frosting  should be smooth and no longer grainy.  If it is still grainy, mix it a little longer.  (for other trouble shooting check out the Best Bites website, they seriously rock in the recipe category, oh and they have a chocolate version of the frosting and it is divine.)

The finished frosting is soft and easy to work with.  Because it is soft, it is not ideal for intricate details, but I'll take flavor over fluff any day.  I think it would also be yummy with mini-chocolate chips mixed in.....just something to think about.

So, want to see our cake?  D called it VOLCANO ISLAND.  

 I really did let him help frost/decorate it so it is not perfect, but I think it turned out cute.  I covered the bottom layer with crushed nella wafers.  I made the volcano out of the "Barbie" skirt baking pan.  After frosting, we covered it in crushed oreo cookies (minus the cream filling).  We then poured homemade strawberry glaze over the top.  D loved it, and That was all that mattered.