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Why is something so simple overwhelming me?

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Hello all, I'm a hobby baker and haven't been on the forums in a while. I'm still just baking for family special occasions and still love it.

I am making my boyfriends mother a cake for her 60th. I wanted to do something "fancy" but she requested vanilla cake with chocolate icing. Simple!! Yet I hardly ever cover a cake in chocolate icing... I use sugarshacks recipe 98% of the time. (can I turn that into chocolate bc?)

Anyway, I need a yummy chocolate icing recipe. I will be decorating it doing the rose technique. She's a very sweet, classy lady so nothing crazy. Anyway, I've looked online and on the recipe section and I'm just getting overwhelmed.

Thanks!!
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the chocolate icing recipe on the back of hershey cocoa can simply rocks--i still make it the old way of creaming the butter and adding the powdered sugar cocoa combination then the liquid--but you can't go wrong with it--no matter how you make it--

 

http://www.hersheys.com/pure-recipes/details.aspx?id=5750&name=Perfectly+Chocolate+Chocolate+Frosting

 

plus i usually add some coffee--either instant coffee dissolved in the cream or substitute a tablespoon of brewed coffee for a tablespoon of the cream

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post #3 of 10

Hi!!!!!

I use my buttercream based on Sugar shack's recipe, just like you.  I add cocoa to it and some cream to make if spreadable.  It is awesome!  Make a small dab and try it out!

 

You may have to add a little extra liquid, so you can pipe the roses.  The cocoa makes it real thick.  Adding melted chocolate is another option, but I like cocoa mixed with and my buttercream and it taste like fudge!  Hang in there!!!!

post #4 of 10

the cake bible's milk choc buttercream is simple and delish

 

http://urbancomfort.typepad.com/urban_nest/2011/01/milk-chocolate-buttercream.html

post #5 of 10

but i was terminally overwhelmed by one cake once (that i can remember)--it was for a family wedding and i survived but i am actually still overwhelmed by it-- hahaha not funny  :-D

 

do you think 'the overwhelm' is from the icing recipe or the circumstances surrounding the cake -- the people who will attend the party or the honoree or something?  rhetorical question--no need to answer but to yourself--

 

i'm just saying--it's not always the chocolate!

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the chocolate icing recipe on the back of hershey cocoa can simply rocks--i still make it the old way of creaming the butter and adding the powdered sugar cocoa combination then the liquid--but you can't go wrong with it--no matter how you make it--

 

http://www.hersheys.com/pure-recipes/details.aspx?id=5750&name=Perfectly+Chocolate+Chocolate+Frosting

 

plus i usually add some coffee--either instant coffee dissolved in the cream or substitute a tablespoon of brewed coffee for a tablespoon of the cream

 

K8memphis: Agreed.  this is a delicious all purpose chocolate frosting recipe.  The small touch of instant coffee crystals makes it even better!.

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Thanks ladies.. I am debating on whether or not to do rasberry filling now. And I def think the stress is from making the cake for his mom. I want it to be perfect!
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try to give yourself a break--but i've certainly been there --i hope you do great!

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how about a raspberry sorbet to plate with the cake?

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Thanks ladies.. I am debating on whether or not to do rasberry filling now. And I def think the stress is from making the cake for his mom. I want it to be perfect!

thecword:   well, that leaves me out......:roll:    I've never made anything to perfection, however I can make it taste really good.

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