Gentle Readers, The Practical Cook has fielded some serious phone calls in her time, but never quite as urgent as this one. The hotline rang, and our reader in need was trying to frost a fabulous crafty cake and fast. The problem: like many of us, she has no time to waste and wanted a practical but celebratory birthday cake. However, the canned frosting tasted like, well, canned. Can this frosting be saved?
To be fair, The Practical Cook subscribes to a mantra laid out by The Cake Mix Doctor: bake it from a box, but frost it with homemade. So after that gentle scold and an understanding sigh, here were the suggestions to salvage the chocolate frosting, choose any or some, depending on the consistency you need:
1. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
2. Add a few tablespoons of SIFTED powdered sugar. Do not cut this corner, or you’ll spend more time trying to chase down lumps than you’d care to imagine.
3. Add a tablespoon of strong brewed coffee. Since this Gentle Reader keeps coffee practically in an I.V. drip, I felt certain she’d have some on hand.
4. Add a tablespoon of cocoa powder.
5. Melt some chocolate chips and stir them in.
You see in the end, you should simply make your own frosting. Here’s a simple pour-down chocolate frosting recipe, straight from my own birthday collection, courtesy of the ultimate froster, The Practical Cook’s Mom.
However, to be fair, this frosting was saved. It adhered to the cake, pleased the crowd, and didn’t taste like can. Big congrats to my friend @ContattoGroup, and thanks for the question and the photo.
Do you make your own frosting? Confess here, I won’t tell. Post a comment below.
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