If you happened to read my Daybook yesterday, you would know that I planned to bake a chocolate cake for dessert with last night’s dinner. Well, I knew that I had a chocolate cake mix in the pantry when I planned that, but forgot that I did not have a canister of frosting in the pantry as well. Now, this tripped me up for only a fraction of a second, because – after 26 years of planning meals – (laughing at myself here!) I have finally come to realize that I can actually make something from scratch, not having to rely on a premade processed food (which is probably better for us than the store-bought version – although in the case of chocolate frosting, I’m not sure that I can claim that it is good for us at all!)
So, I pulled out a few cookbooks, and searched briefly on the Internet and came up with a recipe that looked simple and included ingredients that I already had on hand. The result was that my family got to enjoy chocolate cake WITH frosting for dessert last night, and I added another notch to my “Cooking from Scratch” experience. The recipe that I used came from Cooks.com, where you can find many, many chocolate frosting recipes if this one doesn’t fit your needs. Here it is ~
Easy Chocolate Frosting
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Melt butter in medium saucepan. Stir in cocoa until dissolved. Add confectioner’s sugar, milk, and vanilla. Add more milk if necessary to make soft spreading consistency.
This recipe made just the right amount of frosting to frost a two-layer cake.
My family liked it – but then, who would complain about being served chocolate cake with chocolate frosting? None of the people living in my house, anyway.
Maybe next time I’ll try making the whole cake from scratch – novel idea, huh?