Sunday, June 17, 2012

Strawberry and Cream Frosting

Do you ever have one of "those" days?

You know the days when your husband accidentally turns on the wrong burner on the stove melting the fondant flowers you were up late making. Yeah... I guess I shouldn't have placed them there overnight, but I had run out of space on the table. Sigh.

Then you run out of cake boards and have to run to the store. While at said store, that you had to drag your three kiddos to, you put the baby in the front of the cart, 3 year old in the back. Let's face it, I didn't have the time to chase him around the store so in the cart he goes. The 5 year old is left to walk or try to hang on to the end of the cart because all of the sudden his legs hurt.

While there you should take back that thing you have been meaning to take back for weeks. 

Standing in line, kids in cart, older son decides to hand on the front of the cart causing all a chain reaction of misplaced weight. Down he goes, cart and all, with baby and 3 year old crashing to the ground. 

Store management comes out of nowhere making sure all is ok and that they are not liable for the fall.
No worries, it was my boys being boys.

I get my cake board and three very quiet boys, they were not hurt but a bit shaken, and head home.

Nap time, great! I finish the cake and realize I don't have a box. grr. It's ok we are invited to the party, I will just carry the cake.
Cue the rain... fabulous. I stop at a store on the way to the party and get the wrong size box.... of course. In this whole process I dent the side of the cake. I may have let out a little cleansing scream outside the car. 

Notice how I moved from saying "you" to "I", yeah, it was all me, one day, one cake. Gotta love it.

Cake was delivered safe and sound with a minor dent I managed to patch up there. The cute little 1 year old and parents were happy, that's really all that matters. 

See, cake turned out super cute. I was inspired by the invite.

The really good news after all that is I made a super duper yummy Strawberry Frosting. I have made it before, but I did a much better job this time now that I have the hang of it.

Because you are so sweet to read this ridiculously long post I will share it with you.

You will need:

Strawberry and Cream Frosting

1 1/2 c  sugar
 1/3 c  all-purpose flour
 1 1/2 c  milk
 1/3 c heavy cream
 1 1/2 c butter, room temp and cubed
1 tsp vanilla
 Strawberry Jam (Use your own or recipe to follow)

First, if you are going to make the jam, do that first.

Combine the sugar and flour in a cool saucepan. Stir in the milk and cream, then set the pan over medium heat. Stirring frequently, cook the mixture until quite thick, 10-15 minutes.

Remove the pan from heat and pour the mixture into the bowl of your mixer. Fit with the paddle attachment and whip on high speed until the outside of the bowl is cool to the touch, about fifteen minutes.

 When the bowl is cool, add the butter all at once and whip on high speed until very light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and whip to combine, then begin adding the jam, spoonful by spoonful, being careful not to add so much that the buttercream becomes soupy. 

For the Strawberry Jam (it's easy, don't be scared)
1 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp cornstarch
 1 c  chopped strawberries
2 Tbsp sugar

Combine the water and cornstarch in a cool saucepan. Whisk until no lumps remain, then add the remaining ingredients. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until very thick and no water remains. Immediately press through a fine mesh sieve and allow to cool.

I used a strainer and pushed the strawberries through with a spatula. Worked just fine.

In the end everything turned out just fine. Everyone loved the strawberry frosting and I know I will be making it often. 

Baking from my heart to your kitchen,


  1. Yay, Kate's cake made the blog!! So sorry it was such a crazy day, but we really did LOVE the cake. And it was quite yummy as well.

    1. I'm so glad you liked it! It was all worth it!