Matt's mom (aka Gigi) is hosting a home group for our church tonight, and I volunteered to help her out by making cupcakes. We thought we'd do a little Halloween theme since there will be some little ones there, and since it was sort of last minute, Gigi picked up a package mix and frosting.
I made the cupcakes... then stared at the frosting container. I mean, store-bought frosting is ok. But I'm just not ok with ok.
So I got online and did a search... "how to make store-bought frosting better." I got everything from add cream cheese to a container of whipped topping to mini chocolate chips. I didn't have any of those things. Awesome. Then I ran across a site that suggested adding a little vanilla extract, a touch of half and half, and butter. Yay! I had all that!
I dumped the frosting in my mixer then added a teaspoon and 1/2 of vanilla extract, a tablespoon of butter (just call me Paula Deen), a tablespoon of half and half, and then a handful of powered sugar to get the consistency right. I mixed it all together, then transferred it into a large ziploc bag. I cut a hole in the corner and used the bag to pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes.
I was amazed at the difference in taste and appearance. I'd say there's a 85% chance they could pass for homemade. Maybe 86%.
I did a side by side of a cupcake topped with the "jazzed up" frosting and one topped with the store-bought stuff. Big difference.
And just for the kids, I added a fun touch... a piece of candy corn and sprinkles.
Do you have any ideas on how to jazz up store bought items? I'd love to hear it. This girl loves her shortcuts.
5 days ago