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Quick Fix: Cream Cheese Mousse Frosting – One Recipe, Two Flavors

One recipe makes two light and fluffy frosting flavors - vanilla and chocolate | The Chelsea Project Blog | www.thechelseaproject.com
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One of my most requested desserts is any flavor of cake with homemade frosting.  This isn’t a gourmet recipe, by any means, but a simple light and fluffy frosting that’s so good, you’ll want to lick it right off of the spoon. And, it’s easy.  Oh, so easy.

First, gather your ingredients and set them out to come to room temperature.

IMG_2344 Yes, including the water. IMG_2345 And, nope.  Microwaving to bring them to room temperature usually loosens the cream cheese and butter too much.  This will make the frosting soupy in the beginning and then tough after it sits. Eck.  Please don’t microwave. And, yes.  Crisco.  Brand name…what your Nana used…. Crisco.  For fluffy frosting, it’s the secret ingredient.

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Dump into your bowl:

1 pound of powdered sugar

1/8 cup of Crisco

2 tablespoons of butter

3 ounces of cream cheese

1 tablespoon of water (may need more–if so, add a few drops at a time) IMG_2347 Whip the butter, cream cheese, and Crisco together until well-blended…..then slowly incorporate the powdered sugar. IMG_2348 When it looks like this, turn the mixer to high and whip it until it’s smooth and fluffy.  Like a chemistry experiment, it will change forms right before your eyes…..but you gotta beat it….on high. IMG_2349 Then….give it a taste.  Some people like it without vanilla…and some prefer a few drops.  Vanilla “warms” the flavor….and makes it taste less like cream cheese candy. Note:  For bright white frosting, you’ll need to use CLEAR Vanilla Extract.  The product shown here will turn the color of the frosting just a little.  But, the two products do taste exactly the same. IMG_2346 The vanilla cream cheese frosting is great on spice cake….carrot cake….or red velvet…..to name a few. IMG_2351Number2 But, if you prefer chocolate……add about 2 heaping tablespoons of cocoa to the vanilla frosting and whip. If you like a stronger chocolate flavor, add more chocolate…..a little at a time….and keep whipping until it looks like this. IMG_2355 Light and fluffy. IMG_2353 Just like Nana used to make.

 

One recipe makes two light and fluffy frosting flavors - vanilla and chocolate | The Chelsea Project Blog | www.thechelseaproject.com

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  • Reply Nicole @Little Blog on the Homestead April 21, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Oh my!! That looks so amazing!! I’ve got a major yen right now to bake something so I will be trying this today for sure!

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