I adapted this recipe from one I found online originally but the instructions weren’t specific enough for my tastes, and I felt that the measurements called for were off. The brand/type of butter used is very important (I originally used Country Crock, which I use for EVERYTHING, but it curdled horribly). It took 3 tries to get it down, and I think it could still use a little tweaking to be perfect, but the result is a light and delicious flavor. I have so far only made this using Strawberry, but Banana is next.
- 10 Fun-Size Pieces of Laffy Taffy (The only bag I have seen has 10 each of the 4 flavors per bag).
- 2 Tbs PLUS 1/2 tsp Heavy Cream** (if needed)
- 1 Cup of Room Temperature Butter (I used Land O’ Lakes Sweet Cream Sticks)
- 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
This recipe yielded enough frosting to cover 48 mini cupcakes and 6 regular sized cupcakes without overwhelming the cake with frosting. You can double the recipe to pile it on (which you will want to after you taste it)
1. Melt Laffy Taffy and 2 Tbs heavy cream in small saucepan, stirring until the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat to cool.
2. In mixing bowl, whip the butter until smooth.
3. Mix in the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until fluffy with each addition.
4. Add the melted and cooled Laffy Taffy, one spoonful at a time. You don’t want it too thick. If needed, place it back on the stove and add 1/2 tsp heavy cream, mixing for a few seconds to soften it just enough**. After each spoonful of the laffy taffy, turn the mixer up to high and whip the frosting until it’s fluffy.
I found that if the taffy mixture was soft enough, it was too hot and would firm as soon as I spooned it into the bowl with the cooler ingredients so I ended up with small taffy pieces in the frosting (which would clog my bag). If it was cooled enough to be the same temp, it was too firm to blend properly. Adding the extra 1/2 tsp of heavy cream helped immensely with this.
The frosting should be very fluffy and a light shade of whatever color taffy you used. If desired, you can add a little food coloring to deepen the color.