We celebrated my daughter, Madeline's 1st birthday this past Saturday and I had decided that I wanted to make cupcakes (in princess colors, of course!) and her own little "smash cake". I prefer the taste of buttercream frosting to the "whipped" frosting, but have never made it from scratch. I called my sister, Sarah, in a panic on Friday, desperately seeking a recipe and her dear friend, Christy, was so kind as to share her recipe with me. It was absolutely delicious--I received countless compliments! (Thanks, Christy!!!) My sister suggested that I use butter-flavored Crisco, which I was glad that I did, but just as an "FYI"...make sure you use regular Crisco if you are wanting a white base for your cake/cupcakes, as the butter Crisco definitely has a yellow hue! It also calls for butter-flavored extract, which I had never used, but it can either be found with all of the other spices or in the cake decorating section at most any store. (I found that the Wilton brand is a bit cheaper). I hope you enjoy the recipe! Happy Birthday to my dear little Maddie!!!
1 cup Crisco 1 lb powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon butter-flavored extract 2-3 Tablespoons water
Combine first four ingredients in mixing bowl and mix well. (I used my Kitchen Aid with the wire whisk, per Christy's advice and it worked really well!) Gradually add water until frosting is to desired consistency.
***I used the gel food coloring to tint my frosting!**
If you were to look up the word "picky" in the dictionary, you would see a picture of my husband off to the left. Growing up, I was exposed to all sorts of different foods and encouraged to experiment with different flavors, but after meeting my husband, I somewhat locked myself into an eight to ten meal rotation and was reluctant to deviate. I have since given birth to two of the least picky eaters on the face of the Earth, thus inspiring me to transform my cooking style. I know many people, like myself, lead such hectic lives, so I strive to find recipes that are quick and easy--especially those that you can whip up with ingredients that you ordinarily have on hand!
A bit about me...I married my husband, Marcus, on June 1, 2003 and we welcomed our son Jacob on March 22, 2005. Our daughter, Madeline, was born on March 1, 2008. I stay home with the kids for the most part, but also work occasional shifts as a registered nurse at a local hospital. I truly hope you enjoy my blog. A special "thank you" to my sister, Sarah, for giving me the idea! Her creativity is hard to live up to, but I'm a very determined person and hope to make her proud :)