Thursday, June 12, 2014

Coffee Icing



Diva turned a whopping 13 years old on Monday.
Lawsy mercy!
We can't think of all of the implications like how old that makes me feel, or that means driving, boys, and college are around the corner...no, we can't think about that at all...

Diva's favorite cake, the one she asks for her birthday every year, is a chocolate cake with coffee icing.
It has been a revelation to some folks that share in her birthday celebration but it has been a way of life for us for years.

Here's the deal:  I don't actually make the cake from scratch.  I use a boxed chocolate cake mix (I know, I know, shame on me) and while it is baking, I make the icing.
The ever so simple yet totally delicious icing.

Coffee and chocolate...it's a beautiful thing...

Coffee Icing

2 sachets of Instant Coffee (or 2 tsp.)
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 stick of butter, softened (1/2 c.)
3/4 box of Powdered Sugar (possibly more)
1 Tsp. Cream (or milk but why use milk when you can use cream)

Mix the vanilla and instant coffee together with your mixer until dissolved.
Throw the butter and powdered sugar in the mixer and blend on low to incorporate then whack the speed right up to high to whip it.
If the mixture is too stiff, add the cream a little at the time.
Taste the icing to see if it needs more powdered sugar.  Keep adjusting the sugar and cream until it tastes sweet enough for you and is spreadable.
This icing is great on cakes and cupcakes but also good in between cookies or meringues or eaten with a spoon straight from the bowl.  ;)

This is part of FPT.

14 comments:

  1. Pinning! My husband would absolutely love this frosting.

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    1. If he likes coffee, he will love this frosting. :)

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  2. Boxed cake mix with homemade icing is my go-to! And my twins will be 13 this year, too. Scary!

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    1. Congrats on your almost teens! Homemade icing does tend to make the whole thing taste homemade. :)

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  3. If there is shame in using a box cake mix, I could never ever show my face anywhere!! Great idea for flavored icing. Thanks! Visiting from Full Plate Thursday.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Ms. Linda! :)

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  4. Um, Sandra Lee has built an EMPIRE on not cooking from scratch: Go You! Yum.

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  5. ohhh this sounds good! and coffee and chocolate go extremely well together!!

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  6. That is one yummy looking piece of cake!

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    1. It was indeed...that cake doesn't tend to stick around for very long around here. :)

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  7. Hi Pary,
    I just love the Coffee flavor for your icing, looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. It is as delicious as it looks Miz Helen! :)

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