Okay, so I had a box of yellow cake in the cupboard - a leftover from Easter when I planned to make pineapple upside-down cake and didn't. Sunday, I got a wild hair and decided to make the cake. But I had no frosting in the house. The last time I made chocolate frosting, it didn't turn out so well. This lead me to the internet where I located a yummy looking recipe for chocolate frosting.
Easy peasy. Right?
I knew I had all the ingredients. Would've been nice if I'd checked the amount of the ingredients before I started making the frosting. The recipe called for 3 cups of powdered sugar. I didn't have quite that much. :shrug: Powdered sugar... powdered cocoa... dry ingredient = dry ingredient in the whole scheme of things, right?
So, there I am, melting the butter in a saucepan. I put the powdered sugar into a big bowl and began to add the cocoa powder. Then I got the wild idea to mix the last 1/3 cup of cocoa in with the melt butter. Cool. I sifted together the 2 2/3 cups of powdered sugar with the 2/3 cup of cocoa powder while I waited for the butter to melt. Then I added the 1/3 cup to the melted butter. Then I looked at the recipe again. Whoops. I was supposed to add ALL the cocoa powder to the butter and THEN stir it into the powdered sugar. :shrug: Too late now. I beat the melted mixture into the dry mixture until it was smooth, then I put in the vanilla and mixed that together. Then I went to the fridge for the milk. Whoops. Not much milk left and Hubs does like his cereal in the morning. But wait! I have heavy whipping cream leftover from when I made potato soup the other day. That'll work.
I dribbled some into the bowl and beat it in. Added a little more, beat that in. Added and beat until I had the consistency I thought would work for frosting a cake. Damn and whoa, there was way more frosting than usual for a standard frosting recipe. No matter. I slapped it all on the 9x13" cake.
OMG. It was awesome. Never have my mistakes worked out so well.
Okay, so now that you know how I put it all together, here are the measurements:
2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup baking cocoa (divided 1/3 & 2/3)
1 stick of butter
1 tsp vanilla
approx. 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
Have fun! And enjoy!