Friday, February 25, 2011

White Mint Frosting

Cheap Eat Challenge: Watch or join us as our family of 6 learns to eat on $6/day.

Apparently, the month of cake is not quite over yet. A couple days ago I was reminded that tonight is the Boy Scout Blue and Gold Banquet, complete with cake decorating contest.

The theme was magic, but we found that out a little late. Mark wanted to do a chocolate rocket ship cake with white mint frosting. So that is what we did (I made the stuff and he decorated). And then he (sort of 'we,' but mostly 'he') put the words, "Magic Rocks" on it, which took care of our thematic issue and which Mark thought was cool.

I regret that I did not get a picture of the frosting alone. I have some left over, but it is a sort of freaky mauve-ish your-grandmother's-bathroom-in-the-'80's color--the result of all the leftovers combined into one bowl. Maybe I'll get a good picture tonight of a piece of cake. I'm sure the flourescent lights of the church will do my already meager photography skills good.

Mint frosting is a particularly good match for a chocolate cake, and as you probably know, we love chocolate cake. There is one thing even better than a good white mint frosting. And that is a good chocolate mint frosting. To achieve that, use Kip's frosting recipe and substitute the vanilla for 1/4-1/2 tsp mint extract. (It's really amazing, but you won't be able to color it blue or red or freaky '80s mauve.)

White Mint Frosting
Frosts 13x9 inch cake
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cost: $1.30
(sugar: .75, butter: .50, milk: .03, other: .02)

1 lb powdered sugar (I was generous, so mine might have been a bit more than that)
1/2 C (1 stick) butter
4-6 Tbsp whole milk (a lower fat milk will work too as will full on cream)
1/4 tsp mint extract
a few drops green food coloring if white mint isn't your thing

Melt or significantly soften the butter. Add the sugar and beat with mixer. Add milk, starting with 4 Tbsp and adding the other 2 Tbsp if necessary. Add the mint extract and food coloring if using.


P.S. Should you wish to make a rocket shaped cake or any of a number of other extremely cute/fun, but not completely-over-the-top-only-lunatics-or-art-majors-or-both-could-accomplish-such-a-feat cake decorating ideas, we got the idea from Family Fun Birthday Cakes. Seriously, several great, but doable ideas in there. (We checked it out at the library if you're local.)

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