Decorating Using Buttercream Frosting

Buttercream frosting is fluffy and delicious and is great spread on your favorite cakes or cupcakes. For bakers, it is the most decadent of toppings second only to chocolate ganache. We have listed the ingredients below so you can learn how to make buttercream frosting to use for cake decorating. It is easy to make and an excellent choice of topping for cakes and cupcakes.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt

Directions:

For this recipe, you will start with two sticks or 1 cup of softened butter. Let it sit out on the counter until it is soft but not melted. You will then put the butter in a mixing bowl and beat on medium-high for one minute. Next, you add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time and mix until smooth. The last step is to add in the cream, vanilla, and salt and mix until smooth.

Substitutions: 

You can substitute milk for heavy cream but it may make your frosting a little thin. You can also substitute lemon, almond, or orange flavoring for the vanilla if you want a different flavor for your frosting. Any flavoring can be used as a substitute for the vanilla.

Tips:

Frosting can be made 1-2 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Before using it to decorate your cakes or cupcake, let your frosting come to room temperature. It also freezes well and can be kept frozen for 3 months at a time. To use, that in the refrigerator overnight and let it come to room temperature before using it.

It is finished. It is easy to make and very delicious. You can use it right away or keep it in the refrigerator until ready to use. You’ll need to keep it cold so the butter doesn’t start to break down in warmer temperatures.

Now you know how to make buttercream frosting. It was simple to make and you can use it to decorate your favorite layer cakes and cupcakes. If you need to frost a larger cake simply double the recipe to make a larger batch.

Decorating using buttercream frosting is as easy as making the frosting was. It can be used as a filling between layers of cake, on the sides and on top to completely cover your cake in a layer of sweet, yummy frosting.

For some fancy decorating, take a small bit of frosting and add a few drops of food coloring. Scoop the frosting into a pastry bag and pipe a decorative border around the bottom of your cake.
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Why You Should Hire a Moving Company in Los Angeles

Moving from one block to another, or across town? It doesn’t matter how big or small, close or far, or how complicated or simple your move might seem. It’s worth your while to hire a registered, licensed, moving company in Los Angeles to help. Why should you hire movers? Let’s go through a few basic reasons.

1. The move’s guaranteed –

Your belongings are guaranteed to be safely packed and moved. Imagine if you ask your friends to help you move. Sure, they might do it for free (or for a pizza and some drinks) but, what guarantee do they give you. And, if they damage or break something, can you really get mad at them (they’re helping for free). With a moving company in Los Angeles, your move is safely packed, secured, and transported to your new home.

2. Guaranteed move window –

You can designate the time/and date you need the move completed by. With movers working diligently, they’ll get the job done in a fraction of the time it would take you to do yourself.

3. It is insured –

If something breaks or gets lost in transit, you’re covered to a certain insured amount. Let’s face it, even the safest and best moving companies have issues. And, sometimes it’s out of their control (if an accident happens). If something goes wrong, you are covered and you are going to be reimbursed for those items.

4. Safe Packing –

Moving companies have the right supplies to do the work efficiently. From bubble wrap to boxes, moving sheets and bed wraps, all of your belongings are going to be safely and neatly packed in order to ensure they arrive to your new home in one piece.

5. It’s cost effective –

Many people think movers are expensive. But, if you really think about it, it’s worth the cost. You don’t have to waste your time, energy, or effort. And, the movers are going to do the work in a fraction of the time it would take for you to try and pack your entire home by yourself/with family.
There are many reasons for you to consider hiring a moving company in Los Angeles to assist you when you’re moving to a new home. Whether it is a long distance or a close move, these are a few of the many reasons to hire a mover to do the heavy lifting for you. … Read the rest

Which Of The Following Is A Traditional Approach To Wine And Food​ Pairing?

Summer is a time for get-togethers, and that includes amazing combinations of food and wine. Nothing else raises a party to a new level quite as well or makes a quiet, romantic night even more special. Try one of these warm-weather white or red wine pairings tonight.

CHARDONNAY AND SHRIMP

The grill is a must during those outdoor times, and shrimp adds a delicate touch of class to any gathering. Offset it with the rich, oaky flavor of a California Chardonnay, serve your shrimp skewers with fresh lime wedges for juicing and you will have the perfect light summer pairing.

RIOJA AND BURGERS

Whether you’re cooking beef, turkey or chicken burgers, they are sure to be topped with the season’s juiciest and most flavorful tomatoes. What better way to enhance these robust flavors than with the fruity yet acidic pop of Spain’s Rioja wine? With this duo, you will never think of a burger as ordinary again.

GRILLO AND SWORDFISH

You may not have heard of Grillo, a Sicilian white grape wine with superb hints of mango flavor, but we promise you won’t soon forget how well it compliments the buttery firmness of a perfectly grilled swordfish steak. Bump it up one more step with a side of sweet and spicy mango chutney or salsa, and we guarantee your guests will rave.

Carménère and Steak

Steak is as much a part of summer festivities as burgers or hot dogs, and there are many red wine pairings that work well with it. However, this Chilean red is often overlooked, and that’s a real shame. Nothing brings out the rich, meaty flavor of your filet better than the red cherry and violets that infuse this ruby liquid.

BRATWURST AND LAMBRUSCO

You don’t need to be from the Midwest to appreciate the juicy, savory and spicy zip of these sausages, which particularly lend themselves as much to your summer cookout as they do to your autumn tailgate celebration. While you can’t go wrong by serving them with your favorite beer, they also go surprisingly well with Lambrusco, an Italian sparkling red wine. This light wine’s fruity tang plays perfectly along with the rich saltiness of the bratwurst and is especially tasty with a side of sauerkraut.

GREEN SALAD AND PINOT GRIGIO

Nothing says summer like a light, nourishing and intensely flavorful green salad, particularly if the ingredients are picked right from your garden or, at the very least, bought fresh from the farmer’s market. No matter what lettuces and veggies you add, pinot grigio brings out each and every transcendent taste with its fragrant zestiness.

Whether you’re entertaining that special someone or are overseeing a summer block party, don’t forget how versatile and delicious wine can be. Regardless of what entrees and side dishes you are serving, your favorite bottle can make an excellent drinkable guest at virtually any sultry summer soiree.
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