Thursday, October 20, 2011

All About Frosting

You all know I am in love with peanut butter frosting. I don't know what it is about that stuff, but just like pumpkin it has a special place in my heart! I dolled it up with some vanilla bean. The little specks add a nice look and the flavor is amazing. I paired it with a chocolate cake, the go to combination aside from the beloved pb&j!

Peanut Butter Vanilla Bean Frosting

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 - 1 C natural creamy peanut butter (Add more or less depending on your taste preferences, I used a full cup)
2-3 C powdered sugar (Again, more or less to taste if you need more than 3 cups, by all means use more)
1 vanilla bean, scraped
1-2 TB almond milk (or milk of choice - soy, cow, etc) Optional, you may or may not need this depending on how much pb you use.

Cream together the first two ingredients. Add in the vanilla bean seeds. Slowly add in the powdered sugar by 1/2 cup, adding until desired sweetness/consistency. If needed add in more powdered sugar, and the milk. Beat on medium speed until light fluffy. Frost whatever you want or eat it by the spoonful. I won't tell.

These babies are banana cake with a chocolate marshmallow buttercream. They were made for the wonderful Amy who requested these for her birthday. I

Chocolate Marshmallow Buttercream

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 small jar marshmallow creme* (7 oz)
2 TS pure vanilla extract
1/2 C natural unsweetened cocoa powder
3 C sifted powdered sugar (more or less to taste)

Beat together butter, marshmallow creme, and vanilla. Beat on high speed until fully combined. Add the cocoa powder, mix well. Add in the powdered sugar slowly, scraping the sides as needed. Beat until light and fluffy. Spread that stuff on anything you want, if you're like Amy you'll frost some banana cupcakes with it. If you're like me you'll put it on pumpkin cupcakes. Just sayin

*For all my Vegan buddies out there, there is a wonderful product by Suzanne's Specialities called ricemellow creme. I have used it a few times when baking for a friend. Works well and taste great! So check it out

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