Frosting is One of the Best Sauces
I baked off a boxed chocolate cake mix, easy, easy, and frosted it with dark chocolate ‘sauce’. Lest you think it isn’t a sauce, when I served the cake my nephew, who is four years old, asked about the frosting . His mom said, “That’s not frosting, it’s sauce.” She must be telepathic because she nailed that one. I have always loved my sister-in-law Deb but now I love her even more and glad their fam is visiting for the holidays. Even though she didn’t know about my new “Saucy” website, it created the perfect stage for my announcement.
Let’s just say that I’m not fond of canned frosting. I know it is easy but it tastes a bit chemically. Is that a word? You can mix up a batch of delicious and simple frosting so quick with ingredients you have on hand in your pantry. So don’t settle. A boxed cake mix once in a while is OK but don’t injure it with canned frosting. Make your own glistening and rich, fresh homemade ‘sauce’ as the crown of your cake. It combines in a flash.
Recipe: Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting
Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cook Time: 35 Minutes | Yield: Frosts 9 x 13 cake/18 cupcakes | Level: Easy
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 3-4 T. cocoa powder
- 1/2 t. vanilla
- a few tablespoons of milk
- 4 T. butter, softened
- 1 boxed chocolate cake mix
1 Preheat the oven.
2 Mix the cake according to box instructions. Grease and lightly flour dust a 9 x 13 pan. Bake and let cool.
3 For the frosting, combine the sugar and cocoa. Add the butter, vanilla and a little milk and mix until combined. Add more milk until the consistency is spreadable. Frost the cake.
Flour Dusting – Flouring the pan is like coating it with a little fairy dust. Once you have greased the pan with cooking spray or oil, dump on a few tablespoons of flour. Over the sink, not the floor or counter, shake the pan back and forth so the flour coats the bottom and sides and shake off any remaining loose flour into the sink. Once baked the cake will lift out with ease whether you are serving from the pan or turning it out.
- Add 4 tablespoons of cream cheese for a cream cheese frosting.
- Exchange chocolate cake mix for white, yellow or other flavor of choice.
- Sprinkle frosted cake with decorations.
Inspiration- Saucy Cuisine Kitchen
Cook with Sauces
Written by Helen Horton
Photographs by Helen Horton
Updated: March 15, 2012