Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Quick Fudge Frosting

1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
2 tablespoons margarine
1/4 cup soy milk
1 tablespoon golden syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 3/4 icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Mix sugar and cocoa in saucepan. Add margarine, milk, syrup and salt; heat to boiling, stirring frequently. Boil vigorously 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Cool. Beat in in icing sugar and vanilla. Frosts 9" square cake or in my case enough to frost 12 cupcakes with a bit left over to lick off a spoon!
Like I said in my previous post I got a bit carried away with the decorating! I crazily decided to melt some semi-sweet chocolate chips in my microwave -- swirled that over top of my nice fudge frosting and then gayly added the confetti sprinkles! A bit of overkill but so be it! It's just a shame you can't see what a pretty glossy icing this Quick Fudge Frosting is! I do highly recommend it though -- it's so nice in that it hardens to icing that's not easily destroyed by wrapping! It's also nice that these sprinkles are very child-friendly as they have no artificial color in them so use them if you can -- the less color additives we feed our young kids the better off they'll be!

Veggie Prairie Girl Rambles
Use a good quality cocoa -- makes all the difference. I really like Cocoa Camino for various reasons but mainly because of it's outstanding flavor. It's thankfully also organic, fairly traded and made in Canada! http://www.cocoacamino.com/en/index.php

Use a good quality icing sugar -- this is difficult because I personally don't like the taste of off-the-shelf icing sugar anymore! Don't ask me what they are doing differently but I'm not impressed. Fortunately for me I have a Vita-Mix Blender (dry blade attachment) and I now grind my own Organic Granulated Sugar into icing sugar! It works amazingly well! Yay for Vita-Mix! It's definitely a worthwhile piece of equipment in the vegan and/or organic kitchen!

Work Quickly -- this icing sets very fast so make sure your cupcakes are cooled before you prepare the icing. Then ice the cupcakes as soon as the icing is made. If it does harden a bit quicker than you like -- pop it in the microwave for about 5 seconds and continue on.

Lets Do ... Sprinkelz
Lets Do... Sprinkelz is made by Let's Do...Organic and it is a great product. There are no red, blue or yellow numbered dyes, no high-fructose corn-syrup, and no "extras" in these products.They are Gluten-free, Vegan, and all-natural. I prefer the carnival sprinkles (for looks and taste -- my preference) over the confetti but I only had enough carnival sprinkles leftover to do two cupcakes so had to finish with confetti. Lets Do...Organic products at: http://www.edwardandsons.com/ldo_info.itml

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