I use to get all fancy pants when it came to my daughters’ birthdays. I decorated cakes and tried to make things look pretty. My kids are older now and don’t care so much about Barbie, Mickey Mouse, dinosaur cakes, or sprinkle cakes. They just want cake and ice cream – which makes my life easier, but I must say my cake decorating efforts went from time consuming to a little embarrassing.
Let’s face it, we all live in a busy world. Going crazy with cakes might not be on your agenda…although, I do love to see some of the creative cake decorating that people have done. However, Cake Boss won’t be knocking on my door for this beauty, and I’m okay with that. Taste means a lot to me in the food department, so when we decided to have strawberry cake for one of my daughter’s birthdays, I decided to create my own strawberry frosting.
This is a sweet, butter cream frosting, so if you don’t like that kind of frosting, skip this recipe. If you do love it (maybe more than cake), you and I will officially be best buddies as we secretly ditch cake and eat frosting together. It will be our little secret.
You may be thinking this is a lot of extract, but it turns out great.
Hudson Valley Handymom’s Strawberry Frosting
1/2 cup of butter (WITH salt), softened
4 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 TBSP of creamer (I used a fat free creamer – you may need more if your mixture turns out too thick for you to spread)
1 tsp of vanilla
3 tsp of Imitation Strawberry Extract
1. In a mixing bowl, beat butter slowly while alternating powdered sugar with cream.
2. Once the powdered sugar and creamer are blended, beat on a medium speed until well blended and fluffy. (My grandmother use to tell me that the key to a great frosting was to really beat it well for at least five minutes.)
3. Slowly add in extracts.
When you go to spread this on the cake, wet your spreading utensil with some water.
Add sprinkles or whatever else you want before the frosting starts to dry out.
And, why not add this to your Valentine’s agenda? Decorate some cupcakes with this strawberry frosting…..ohhhhhhhh….maybe with some chocolate cake. It could be like strawberries dipped in chocolate.