Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Baby Shower Hack: Cupcake Frosting

I will admit it: when I am hosting an event, I am a cupcake frosting snob.  Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with canned frosting for home use (especially if it's chocolate frosting on yellow cake, the best combination ever), but I prefer piped frosting on cupcakes for bridal/baby showers, birthday parties, etc.  I don't think that canned frosting looks good when piped - it's slightly too soft to hold its shape well, and it has too much shine to it (probably from the mystery cancer-causing ingredients, but whatever).  And grocery store cupcakes, do not even get me started - what IS that frosting they put on there?!

However, sometimes I just do not have the time to make homemade buttercream.  Having to get the butter warm enough so that it mixes easily, but not too warm so that it separates and looks gross......this just takes time that is hard to find with a toddler at my heels, not to mention the cleanup time for the inevitable cloud of powdered sugar that ends up all over my kitchen.  What to sacrifice, taste/looks or time?!  GAME CHANGER - Central Market will sell you their plain white buttercream in bulk at the bakery.  

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The bakery ladies gave me kind of a strange look when I asked for buttercream, but then filled up a to-go container with buttercream and sold it to me for $4/pound....which is really not much more than the ingredients for homemade buttercream would cost.  It was SUCH a time/sanity saver - I just took it straight home, plopped it into a piping bag, and had 36 frosted cupcakes in about 10 minutes, with no mess in my kitchen to clean!  I had some buttercream leftover, so I froze it -- I'm interested to see if the texture will be useable after thawing, but worth a shot! 

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