After a week filled with obligations, none of them my own, and culminating in one of the WORST birthdays of my life, today was my day to do what I wanted. One of the things I wanted to do was to play in the kitchen, and I did! When I spotted the sugar knives at Michael’s I had to buy them. I was inspired by the cupcake pictured on the box (and my love of mysteries, of course), but lately I’ve become much more enamored with brownies than with cupcakes, so made what has become one of my favorite dessert recipes, Creole Brownies, and topped them with my own Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. A little red gel icing splattered on the top and a knife shoved in, and I had a dangerously delicious dessert!
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter until light and smooth, 2-3 minutes. Add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, slowly mixing in to incorporate, then add salt, heavy cream, and vanilla and beat until smooth and creamy, 3-5 minutes. The longer you beat it, the lighter it will become.
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