Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Chocolate Truffle Frosting

My birthday is tomorrow.  In honor of myself (hehe), I decided to make a chocolate cake for potluck last night.  This ensures that other people would eat part of it and I wouldn't become a glutenous, birthday girl blob.  I used a basic chocolate cake recipe and then made the amazing frosting I had discovered in the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook about a year ago.  Seeing the words "truffle" and "frosting" together said "yummy" in my mind.  I'm such a sucker for sugar.  I try to be a health foodie but it's just not who I was made to be.  So here's how to make it (and please excuse my pathetic food photography!).

You will need:
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 cups semisweet chocolate pieces
1 tsp vanilla
Combine the whipping cream and corn syrup in a saucepan.  Stir over medium heat until it begins to simmer.  Remove from heat.

Stir in the chocolate chips and vanilla until completely melted.

This is what it will look like.  Let it get completely cool.  I put it in the fridge to speed things up, but sitting on the counter it takes about 1 1/2 hours.

And so this is what happened: everyone arrived for potluck but they came to our house instead of the church sanctuary because it is all set up for VBS and we didn't want to ruin any of the New York City decorations.  Then I had to quickly beat the frosting with a mixer, which becomes much lighter and fluffier - almost the consistency of whipped cream - then spread it on the cake really fast because I had ten extra people in my house and a whiny toddler hugging my knees and I forgot all about picture taking. Then we ate 3/4 of the cake and I didn't get any pictures because it was that good and we were busy talking about the minor prophets.  But anyway, your supposed to beat it, and then spread it, and it will cool in awesome, fluffy-looking peaks all over the cake!  You can see the fluffy peaks here.

 And it's really yummy even if I didn't take pictures of the whole process.

So enjoy!  Maybe you can make a cake tomorrow to celebrate my birthday in case you needed an excuse ;-)

1 comment:

Kathy said...

Happy birthday! Tomorrow is my sister's birthday too so I will always remember your birthday. Your cake looks fabulous. I will have to copy this and try it for myself. But since my husband is diabetic I will have to wait till we have a potluck at church so it isn't a temptation for him. Thanks for the recipe.