I spent the entire day in the kitchen cooking up a meal for a neighbor who, just last week, was carted off by the paramedics with a serious case of the flu. She has since returned home (and passed the flu along to her husband) and is improving, though not as quickly as she would like. Mr. O-P thought it would be a good idea to take them a meal, and so eagerly volunteered my services. Good, old Mr. O-P. Did I mention that I am only just coming off of a two-week cold that really laid me low? Yeah, well, I did a good deed and was heartily thanked, and that did my heart good for the day. I also made enough food to take a lunch to my dad’s tomorrow so the three of us can sit down and have a nice meal together. (Good Deed #2)
My standard “delivery” meal seldom changes. I stick with what I know and what everyone seems to love: roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, and dessert, in this case Chocolate Stout Cake that I decided to frost with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. Oh, boy! Mr. O-P found the cake more as a delivery vehicle for the frosting, although did add that it, in itself, was delicious. I have frosted this cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Ganache, and, heaven help me, canned frosting, but this is absolutely the BEST. Try it and see for yourself. Oh, and the best thing is, it is SO easy!
(The BEST) Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup butter, softened
2-1/4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons whole milk
2 tablespoons brewed, strong coffee
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Melt chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler. Stir until smooth; set aside to cool for 15-20 minutes. In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Gradually beat in confectioner’s sugar alternately with milk and coffee. Add melted chocolate and vanilla and beat at high speed until smooth and creamy. Frosts one cake.
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