3.29.2012

Semi-Homemade Butter Cream Frosting

Anyone who has been reading for a while here on my blog knows that my little guy {ok, he's 3 now and not sooo little} has life-threatening food allergies to dairy, eggs, and peanuts. Unfortunately that means that we miss out on all of the yummy goodness of most desserts.

I have found some really great recipes like this one for chocolate cake, and this one for homemade Cinnamon rolls, but had yet to find a really good equivalent to a butter cream frosting.... until now!

I had a brainstorm -- probably in the shower since I tend to do my best thinking in there. What if I used store-bought frosting and jazzed it up a little to taste like a butter cream??


I have found that the Pillsbury brand frosting are dairy-free and work great for us when we make cake or cupcakes. 

So, I took my Fleischmann's Unsalted Margarine -- and set it out to soften. I used 1 cup -- 2 sticks -- of margarine.


Once it had softened up, I put them in my kitchen-aid mixer bowl and used my whipped the margarine as best as I could. {Since it's not real butter it doesn't whip perfectly, but it will whip a little bit} It took me about 5 minutes or so. Then I added about a cup of powdered sugar to it and whipped that in. 

Then I used 1 can of Pillsbury's strawberry flavored frosting and added it to the whipped margarine and powdered sugar mixture in the bowl.



I then let that whip together for another 5 minutes until it was well mixed and light and fluffy



Not only does it look good, but it tastes ah-mazing! It melts in your mouth just like real butter cream frosting does, but it doesn't have an overwhelming butter flavor. It looks great on cupcake too! If you have nifty cake decorating tools your frosting will look even better than mine does. 


I took these lovely little chocolate cupcakes with the strawberry frosting -- and the sprinkles my daughter chose -- to her preschool class for her birthday. They were a big hit, but as my hubby said, my customers aren't too picky! 


So, next time you have a party try making some semi-homemade butter cream frosting. I bet your guests will think you made it all from scratch and they will LOVE it! 

Try it with your favorite store bought frosting brand and WOW your friends! 

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