• February 14, 2014

    Fluffy Chocolate Frosting

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    Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ve got the best fluffy chocolate frosting recipe for you. But let me just preface by saying:

    This is what a frosting job looks like when your 9-month-old is waist-deep in the recycling bin shaking an empty-ish milk jug around and singing a victory song.

    And this is what photos look like when the same tot follows up with a delightful bath in the dog’s water dish.

    And THIS is what a blog post looks like when your very own chocolate cupcake is on your lap trying to “play” your keyboard like his toy piano.

    Happily, blurry photos conceal lopsided frosting swirls. And the semi-bald cupcakes are being served to mommy groups, so everyone will wordlessly understand. And you don’t mind if I keep this short, right?

    This is a loooong overdue recipe for a gorgeous, fluffy frosting to accompany my Moist Chocolate Cake.

    I usually just whip something up to taste, but for the last several times, I’ve taken meticulous notes to produce a perfect recipe to share.

    It’s got a double hit of the good stuff – cocoa imparts a deep, dark flavour and melted chocolate layers in a rich, creaminess and a “bright” chocolate flavour.

    Not overly sweet (although feel free to add more sugar to taste), nuanced with vanilla, and extraordinarily fluffy – thanks to whipping cream and an extended beating in the stand mixer.

    This may be the best chocolate frosting ever. You may want to ditch the cake and just rub it all over your body. And hey, it’s Valentine’s day – enjoy!

    Also, this…

     

    The Best Easy Chocolate Frosting

    The best chocolate frosting recipe - it's equal parts fluffy and creamy. Both cocoa and melted chocolate make a deeply chocolatey, but not-too-rich flavour.
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 2 minutes
    Total Time: 22 minutes
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Servings: 12
    Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

    Ingredients

    • 12 ounces/340 grams good quality dark/bittersweet chocolate 60-70% cocoa, chopped
    • 8 ounces/227 grams/1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
    • 1/4 cup cocoa powder either natural or dutch process are fine
    • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
    • pinch salt
    • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
    • 1/4 cup whipping cream

    Instructions

    • Melt the chocolate in the microwave on 50% power in 30 second increments, stirring each time - stop when it's about 70% melted, and stir vigorously to melt the rest. In my microwave, it took a total of 2 1/2 minutes. (Alternatively, melt in a heat-proof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water - careful not to get a single drop of water in the bowl, or chocolate will seize). Allow chocolate to cool to room temperature.
    • Combine butter, cocoa powder, confectioners' sugar and salt in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until well combined, about a minute. Reduce speed to low and incorporate vanilla extract, whipping cream and cooled chocolate, then turn speed back up to medium and beat for about 2 minutes, until pale and very fluffy. Pipe (I used Wilton Large Open Star tip) or spread onto fully cooled cake or cupcakes.
    • Frosting may be made up to 48 hours in advance - refrigerate until needed, then bring back to room temperature and beat again for a minute or two before using. Frosted cake may be stored at room temperature for up to two days - if it'll take you longer to eat, god bless your willpower and store the cake in the fridge.
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    This easy, simple and fluffy chocolate frosting recipe is perfect for any flavor of cake or brownies you can dream up. This recipe makes a heavenly, creamy, fudge-y frosting that will soon become your go-to recipe!

     

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    Hi, I'm Jennifer Pallian, BSc, RD. I studied cooking, baking and food chemistry in a university lab, have years of experience as a professional test kitchen recipe developer and providing technical baking support to bakeries and home bakers. Want to know why your bread didn't rise? I've got your back.I now work full-time as a blogger, putting the years of science and baking to work right here. On Foodess, I share the best recipes in my arsenal - tested-till-PERFECT recipes for cozy baking, easy recipes for weeknight meals and delicious globally-inspired comfort food, plus lots of science-based cooking and baking tips. Welcome!

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    Amanda

    When you say whipping cream, does that mean you pour 1/4 cup from the carton (when it’s still liquid) or do you it from a can or use cool whip?

    Alice

    I’m not the author of the recipe, but having done my share of baking, I am confident to say that the cream is not from a can or is it Cool Whip. These have sugar and other fillers. You want unwhipped cream from a carton, or as the recipe says, “whipping cream”.

    Amanda

    When you say whipping cream, does that mean you pour 1/4 cup from the carton (when it’s still liquid) or do you it from a can or use cool whip?

    Alice

    I’m not the author of the recipe, but having done my share of baking, I am confident to say that the cream is not from a can or is it Cool Whip. These have sugar and other fillers. You want unwhipped cream from a carton, or as the recipe says, “whipping cream”.

    Amanda

    When you say whipping cream, does that mean you pour 1/4 cup from the carton (when it’s still liquid) or do you it from a can or use cool whip?

    Alice

    I’m not the author of the recipe, but having done my share of baking, I am confident to say that the cream is not from a can or is it Cool Whip. These have sugar and other fillers. You want unwhipped cream from a carton, or as the recipe says, “whipping cream”.

    Alice

    I’m not the author of the recipe, but having done my share of baking, I am confident to say that the cream is not from a can or is it Cool Whip. These have sugar and other fillers. You want unwhipped cream from a carton, or as the recipe says, “whipping cream”.

    Amanda

    When you say whipping cream, does that mean you pour 1/4 cup from the carton (when it’s still liquid) or do you it from a can or use cool whip?

    Heather Colls

    I am curious about the amount of icing sugar. This seems very little to cover a cake.

    Josh

    How much icing does this make

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