I’ve perfected my chocolate frosting recipe, which is actually better tasting the day after. When I taste-test the frosting as I’m making it, it just tastes like powdered sugar and shortening. However, the next day there is no mistaking the rich chocolate texture, taste and color.
After being cooped up in our apartment for so long, we’ve neglected to make many purchases just to defer until we finally have a house, mostly because we just lacked the space. One such purchase included new dishes. Before we moved, John and I went to Homegoods and found some nice, white dishes for a pretty affordable price but didn’t want to buy them at the time because we were moving, and all of the expenses that come along with that. However, knowing the nature of inventory at stores like HomeGoods, we knew that we couldn’t wait long if we wanted to purchase them. Just this past weekend we went over and of course, they were completely sold out of the dinner plates! I was so disappointed.
STOP! Put the jarred frosting back on the shelf. One thing that you really shouldn’t skimp out on is the frosting. Jarred frosting has a weird taste to it, and it’s super difficult to spread. If you go through the trouble of fixing up the box cake, you’ll undo all of your efforts if you don’t make your own frosting. Thankfully, frosting is pretty easy to make, and you can keep all of the ingredients you need in your pantry at all times just in case the urge strikes.
1 cup Butter or Shortening
4 cups confectioners sugar
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream or milk (even water might work in a pinch)
Chocolate icing: add cocoa powder or melted chocolate (to taste)
Optional: add food coloring or other flavor extracts like mint or lemon
- Cream butter in a mixing bowl until fluffy.
- Add confectioners sugar slowly and cream together until blended.
- Add salt, vanilla, and 1/4 cup of your liquid and blend on low speed until moistened.
- Check the consistency of your icing, if it’s too thick, slowly add more milk. You do NOT want to add too much liquid or it will be watery and won’t spread. If you substitute the shortening for butter, use less liquid as well. If your frosting is too thin, try creaming together small amounts of shortening and sugar and then adding it to your main frosting to thicken it.
- Optional: color your icing with food coloring, or add some flavor extract or cocoa powder/chocolate to taste
- Allow your frosting to sit on the counter with a towel or plate over it while your cake is baking/cooling. I find this allows it to set to the perfect consistency for spreading.
Feel free to play around with different methods for adding flavor to your frosting, but be cautious of how much liquid you are putting in. If necessary, replace the liquid ingredient for something else (like maybe some pureed fruit?) to ensure your frosting does not turn out too watery. Always add it in slowly, because if you make it too thin there is really nothing you can do to save it… take it from my experience.
Growing up, my family made a lot of boxed cakes for birthdays instead of getting something from the bakery. You really can’t beat the price. However, it is painfully clear that a box cake is just not as good. This is what I do to “fix” a box cake. Please trust me on the ingredients, it makes for a very moist and delicious cake, I promise!
This is one of my more famous recipes. Everyone loves them, and often request for me to make them or want the recipe. I hope you all enjoy them as much as my family and friends do! Obviously, you can make these regular size if you want, but the sliders are perfect for get-together’s. Fresh garlic & ginger works best, but in a pinch feel free to use the dried stuff! I know some of you might be a little skeptical about the ground turkey, but trust me on this one… try it at least once before you opt for beef!
Have you ever made deviled eggs that went horribly wrong? i.e. overly hardboiled eggs where the whites come off in chunks as you shell it and the yolks have a dark casing and are really stiff? Too much or too little of an ingredient? I’ve tried several different recipes over the internet, and none of them are as good as this very easy and simple recipe.
My sister-in-law told me how to make these in less than 5 minutes with no measurements, just (use a glob about this big… etc). This works out great because you are actually TASTING the mixture before you stuff the eggs, and then can adjust accordingly, rather than blindly mixing everything together. So, if you follow these instructions well, you should have a perfect batch every time! Note: this is geared towards a dozen eggs, but you should be able to easily adjust this to larger batches if necessary.
This will yield the PERFECT hardboiled eggs. It takes about a half hour to 45 minutes to do, but trust me, it’s worth it. A dozen eggs fit perfectly in a 2qt saucepan. Fill the pan up about 1/3 of the way with cold water and then set your eggs in very gently, otherwise they will crack. There should be about an inch of water over the eggs. Now, shake some salt in that badboy and put the cover on. Put the pan on the burner and set it to high. Keep your eye on it. When it starts a rolling boil, set your timer (or watch it) for about 20 to 60 seconds and then turn off the burner. Keep the cover on, and let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then, dump out the warm water and replace it with cold water. Now is the time to go do something… watch TV, read, do laundry, start making dinner/lunch/whatever! Once the eggs have been sitting for at least 10 minutes and are somewhat warm/cool to the touch, you can start peeling them.
You should find these eggs super easy to peel, and often you’ll get large pieces of shell to come off at once. At the bottom (wider part) of the egg, there’s a little pocket of air. Lightly tap this part on the counter top, and work your way up the egg, tapping lightly, then, pry the shell from the egg, including the thin membrane encasing it, in the same order that you tapped it: starting from the bottom up to the tip. I peel it right into the water, the shells will sink, which makes it easy to drain the water and discard the shells, and then you don’t get a mess all over the place. Don’t be too rough, or you’ll pull apart the whites. if it’s not coming off then keep tapping it lightly on the counter until you’ve got some little pieces to take out. Usually you have the little pieces first, and towards the end you’re taking off almost half the shell!
- a jar ‘o light or regular Hellmans mayonnaise
- some Hellmans dijonaise mustard
- optional: apple cider vinegar to taste
- After you cut your eggs in half longways (hotdog style!) pop out the yolks into a bowl, mash them with a fork until the yolk is in little pieces.
- The mayonaise to mustard ratio should be about 2:1, or in other words, the mustard should be about half of the mayonnaise. In a seperate bowl, scoop out one huge spoonful of mayonaise. If I were to guess how many tablespoons, perhaps three? Then put half of that amount of dijonise and mix it together.
- Slowly mash in the mayo/mustard mixture. I go by parts, and once everything is blended, I taste it. If it’s still a bit dry, then I add more, mix it, taste it. If you use up all of your mayo/mustard mixture, then fix up some more. When you have about the perfect mixure, it should be fairly creamy, and niether of the ingredients should be overpowering. Sometimes it helps to put the mixture on an egg white half to taste.
- After you’ve got the perfect mixture, scoop about one teaspoon full into each egg white. It always comes up about perfect every time I do it, but if you have some extra at the end, put it on toast with some cheese or beef up your little ones. If you don’t have enough, then you probably put too much in. Either salt your extra whites and munch away, or cut them up and put it in a salad… or put your overweight devils on a diet and fill up the rest of your egg white halves.
- Once you’re done, lightly sprinkle paprika and parsley
- Then, DEVOUR as many as you can, because once everyone in your house knows they are made, they will be gone before you can blink your eyes.