First I made their favorite chocolate cake--Duncan Hines Devil's Food Cake. Easy peasy. Since she was having friends over, I made two batches, all in cupcake form.
Now I knew my boys would not eat the cupcakes with buttercream frosting. They only like 'em with Duncan Hines Classic Chocolate Frosting. And heaven forbid I should veer from that course. I made one of them this luscious chocolate cake one time. It had ganache that was to-die-for. He said it was okay, but he really wanted just the regular, my usual, chocolate cake. Like I've said before, they have no taste.
Of course, when we're talking buttercream icing, it has to be homemade.
Here's my recipe:
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 8 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- A few drops of food coloring (optional)
I put as much as I can into a pastry bag with a large star tip (D2 or 2D, something like that). Twist the end closed and pipe/swirl the frosting around the top of the cupcakes. Trust me, this is easy. Then I did the same with a can of chocolate frosting. Aqua and brown are such hot colors right now, so it all worked together.
But they were too pretty just put on a plate. Instead, I got two cake pedestals of different sizes (you could use more) and set the cupcakes on those, alternating the colors.
And what a pretty centerpiece it made.
That is, until my grandpup decided to sample them.
The brat. Apparently she likes buttercream frosting too.
Lucky for her, I had plenty of extras.
How do you take the ordinary and make it extraordinary? And it doesn't have to be just food.