Variations of the same theme – black chocolate cake, strawberry frosting…
It all began when I had a lot of strawberry frosting left over. I forgot that my recipe was for a 2-layer, 9-inch cake, and I had made a really small one for the little girl…
I stored the leftover frosting in the fridge.
The next day, early evening, hubby suddenly announces that we’re going somewhere later that evening and it would be nice if I brought something like something I baked.
Problem? I had an hour to make something!
Solution? Something that would mix in a flash, bake in a hurry, and cool almost instantly… mini cupcakes. And I didn’t have to worry about the frosting since I already had the strawberry frosting in the fridge!
The batter mixed in 5 minutes. The mini cupcakes were done in another 10 minutes. I shoved them in the fridge to cool them.
Meanwhile I started re-whipping the frosting. Except that I ended up with a curdled mess. Then I started panicking.
Of course I went to trusty ol’ google, and there were lots of suggestions but I had no time! Then, I decided to get in touch with an old cooking/baking “buddy”, crossing my fingers that she was online.
She was and she had a solution. But I had to be content with transforming my strawberry frosting into strawberry buttercream…
She had me pour hot water into a bowl that could fit a plate of butter cubes about 75 grams. Throw the hot water out and wipe the damp inside of the bowl – cover the plate of butter cubes. Trick worked! Butter was soft in less than a minute!
Beat the butter until light and fluffy and add about 1 or 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar. Beat some more. Then gradually add the broken frosting – a tablespoon at a time… Voila! Strawberry Buttercream! A tad sweet than I preferred but it still works so –
And I still had a little strawberry buttercream left over!
The day after, hubby told me that it was the birthday of a friend and he requested a small cake to celebrate.
I baked another small chocolate cake – frosted it with truffle frosting and garnished it with what was left of the strawberry buttercream..
Until next year, when the little girl will surely ask for her favorite cake!
My next baking experiment? Prune Chiffon Cake Roll (half roll, I mean).