Note: Fridays of Intestinal Fortitude is a weekly(ish) feature about food, food and more FOOD. No, I am not an expert, but I do enjoy talking about food prep, cooking food, eating food and making sweet love to food. Okay, maybe not the "sweet love" part. After all, this is not meant to be an homage to 9 1/2 Weeks.
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As claimed in the past, I am not much of a baker. It really, really stresses me out and as such, I normally buy cupcakes for birthday parties. Hands down, these Super Mario Brothers' cupcakes from Tabby's Treats that we bought for Arun's 5th birthday remain my favorite. They were awesome to look at and they were simply delicious (the original post is here.)
However, this year, Arun begged and begged for me to bake cupcakes at home. And..... so I did. I used a box cake mix but really wanted to try my hand at making the frosting from scratch. Turns out? Frosting from scratch is ridiculously easy and the result is creamy and amazing. AMAZING, I tell you. I let Team Chaos lick the beaters and after the first lick, they were hugging my legs exclaiming "Thank you, Mama for making this. THANK YOU!!!!"
Alrighty then. Frosting from scratch it is.
How did I make it? I just used the simple recipe on the back of the box of the confectioner's sugar. In fact, I still have it memorized -- take 1 pound of confectioner's sugar, a stick of butter, 1/4 cup of milk and a teaspoon of vanilla. Then beat it with a mixer. I just have a handheld - there's nothing fancy going on here, folks.
And that was IT. In less than 5 minutes, I had frosting from scratch. Hand to Zeus, I will never, ever buy the canned stuff again.
I will probably do a few more of these "Keepin' It Real" posts. For example, I am adamant about finding a recipe for ranch dressing spices so that I can stop buying the Hidden Valley Ranch packets (they are so expensive and filled with tons of ingredients I cannot even pronounce). I use those packets for roasting all sorts of veggies and it seems self-defeating to sprinkle that stuff on a healthy, fresh veggie, right?
And now, I am asking YOU for help. What do YOU swear by when it comes to making things from scratch? Challenge me! I am up for it.