Showing posts with label Icing (food). Show all posts
Showing posts with label Icing (food). Show all posts

Monday, February 14, 2011

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY...and a Giveaway!

If someone asks you...What does Valentine's mean to you?...how would you answer that?...As for me, I would say that to me it means a day to show your loved ones how much you care, and how much you love them. Not just gifts and cards, but in words and expressions! I'll be honest with you this cake I made with a cake mix...yes, boxed cake mix, and not my own...but, I doctored it up so well, that I was so inspired to be creative with the frosting, which really is from "scratch"...and being more creative by adding something pink or red, which happened to be a can of lite cherry pie filling that I had in my cupboard from this summer, that I did not get to use for my cheesecake. So, I decided to share my little heart shaped cake, which was baked in my heart shaped spring form pan, which was a thrift find...brand new Wilton's, for $1.99 retailing at least $16.99. I have gotten so much use out of this, that it's for sure, a keeper.
How can you not love this yummy cake filled, and frosted with real chocolaty goodness, and the oh, so yummy cherry filling, which is drained from the liquid, and save the cherry liquid to spread on top of the chocolate frosting.
Last minute dinner at my son's house...not knowing if I should go, my kitty Prince being so sick for the last couple days...not eating, just moping around, not letting me sleep at night...he was pacing up and down, I thought for sure this is it, since he is so old, but still so full of life and energy. How can you not feel sad when your pet gets ill?! I took this special little cake to my son's house, we shared it after a fabulous meal, and then off to my daughter's to share the other half of the cake...while they were in the middle of their fabulous home made sushi dinner, that Fabrizio made...even the little 4 year old grandson, the little guy, loves sushi...so much for that, I went there to pick up my beautiful roses that they gave to me.
2 dozen beautiful roses, that I received from my family...they told me they bought it at Costco, since they were shopping there on Sunday. Isn't it so thoughtful? A favorite kitty mug, and a bouquet of roses, and "I Love You, MOM" ...HAPPY VALENTINE'S...how much more would a Nonna, and a Mom want from her children, and Grandchildren. This is what Valentine's is about. Not the "Bling" or $$$...but a thoughtful simple gift, and to let your loved one know how much you care about them!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Marshmallow Frosting

 
This frosting always puts smiles on every one's faces, The kids line up to take spoonfuls of it, and licking the bowl and beater. I remember when my children were the same ages as my grandchildren, and we're talking over 30 years ago This was the first frosting that I learned how to make, besides the famous chocolate frosting, with egg, and butter in the cream. This particular frosting is also referred to the 7 minute frosting, and is made with pure egg whites, and only one cup of sugar. Zero fat. This is the consistency that is required, thick, and fluff, and ohhh so good. Your family will want to spoon some out from the bowl, lick the beaters, and the bowl like mine does. It actually resembles marshmallow fluff, but this is so much better, lighter, and less sweet than the one you buy in the jar. Recipe follows
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Marshmallow Frosting...or 7 minutes
1 cup of granulated  white sugar only...not powdered
4 egg whites
1/3 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a medium saucepan, bring the 1/3 cup of water, the sugar, and the cream of tartar, and bring it to a boil, until you see thick clear bubbles, which should only take about 5 minutes. Be careful not to boil even 1 second longer, soon as it comes to a rapid bubble, because it will turn amber, and than you would have to quickly make a different recipe, and add heavy cream, which would be "caramel sauce"
In a metal bowl, add all the egg whites, and beat the egg whites first until it turns white, and starts to get a little thick. Now, add the sugar syrup only drop fulls at a time counting down the 7 minutes. After about 5 minutes of constantly beating, add the vanilla, and beat another 2 minutes, maybe 3 more. You have enough to 2 nine inch round cakes. I would have had enough for my cakes on the side but I was way to generous with the grandchildren liberally spooning it out from the bowl. It really is contagious. I have given and actually showed how to make this frosting to neighbors, friends, even relatives in Italy, and Hungary. You can also add a drop of food coloring for a different effect. Be careful not to add juice instead of the fruit coloring, that will thin out the consistency.
 
I was going to post my simple version of an easy carrot cake which I made for my granddaughter's 9th birthday yesterday...instead, I decided to re-post my marshmallow frosting recipe that was from several months ago before I joined Foodbuzz, and made friends with so many wonderful people from all over the world.

One particular person, who became such a nice friend is a lovely young lady, called Joanna (Jo) from chicgorgeous whom I tagged last week and was such a good sport to answer the questions I posted, and came up with her own, and tagged 8 other bloggers. First, and foremost, you should check out her beautiful blog...not just because she linked to me, but because of the beautiful Pink Velvet cupcakes she made in honor of "Breast Awareness Month."

We all have someone in our family, relative, or friend, who died from this terrible disease, or a mother, sister, aunt, cousin, or a friend, that is a survivor of breast cancer. Sad to say, I lost my mother, my aunt, years ago, but happy to say that my younger sister is a "breast cancer survivor for the 5th year. I would love to scan a photo of my sweet sister if I could, but my scanner does not work at this time. I do not have anything "pink" at this time to post, but please DO check Joanna's blog at: chicgorgeous

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