What can I say about this amazing mountain of frosting?
Well, I could say that my husband walked into the room after this shoot and offered to eat this whole dish of Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting. He thought it was an ice cream sundae. When I told him it was all frosting, and that I was just using the dish as a prop, he politely reneged and decided to go grab a spoon and get a much smaller sample from what was left in the mixing bowl.
Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting has been my favorite frosting ever since I discovered it in 2005. Yep, that’s 10 years of delicious. In all that time, I’ve made this frosting a million times more than any other frosting. Why? Because it combines my two favorite frostings of all time, whipped cream and cream cheese. I love them because they always fall into the creamy, not too sweet category.
I’m not a sweet frosting kind of girl. When it’s too sweet, I scrape it all off or leave just a transparent layer to sweeten whatever lies beneath it. If the frosting crusts, it’s even worse. That’s one of my friend’s favorite frostings, the kind that makes your teeth hurt. Ugh! Not for me. But, I do love a good buttercream if it’s not too sweet, not too buttery and whipped to an airy lightness. I rarely run into great buttercreams and I’m still working on my own ratios to get to my ultimate recipe for that. (I need more than one go to frosting in my recipe files.) Over the years, I’ve found a few that I like (and will definitely post in the future) and they’ve served me well.
This frosting is the favorite of that small group and is nothing like those teeth gratingly sweet sugary buttercreams. People always want to know what kind of frosting it is, because it doesn’t look like a cream cheese frosting and yet has more body than a whipped cream frosting. It looks a lot like buttercream when you pipe it, but doesn’t taste like buttercream. Therefore, you end up with many questions like, “What kind of frosting IS this? Or, ” I usually hate frosting but this is sooo good!” (Even my friend who loves crusty sweet frosting likes this frosting, so it has pretty wide appeal.)
It’s also very easy to make and generally foolproof. I’ve never ever had an issue when making it because, frankly, there’s not much to mess up. You whip the cream cheese with sugar, salt and vanilla. You whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks. Fold them together, then whip with your mixer for another minute to fully combine the two mixtures. That’s it. The shot above is just a second before the two are combined. The shot below is just after they’ve been combined.
It’s actually good enough to eat alone, if you were so inclined… not an entire dessert dish full, but it’s more than just frosting. I’ve used this to frost anything from cupcakes to large, multi-tiered cakes. (Those big cakes were actually kid birthday cakes that got out of control in size, not wedding cakes. I’ll write about those in a future post :) You can use it for filling whoopie pies. It pipes beautifully so you can make pretty cupcakes or fancy fillings. It’s delicious as a sweet spread for muffins. Make it a fruit dip or top a bowl of cut up fruit for a delicious dessert. It’s amazing on top of pumpkin pancakes. This morning, because I had leftovers from this shoot, we added a dollop to our oatmeal, topped with a generous amount of fresh blueberries and had a wonderful bowl of blueberries and cream oatmeal. Yes, even my son, who will ask me for “real” food if he sees we’re having oatmeal, was excited for the combination.
I considered shooting the classic “frosting on the whisk attachment shot” that many before me have done. Yeah, this doesn’t do that, or maybe it does but I don’t know the secret. I’ll add myself to the millions of others on that shot the next time I make marshmallows or something with that “whippy” structure. So shooting this had it’s challenges. It deserved it’s own post though, so please embrace my “frosting piped on a spoon” shot :)
I’m featuring this frosting on a cake next week. Here’s a little hint of what’s to come….
Well, it’s a hint, but if I’m being honest, I’m simply taking advantage of a frosting shot that doesn’t involve a whisk or a spoon :)
Update! 4-23-16…For all of you looking for the chocolate version of this amazing frosting…