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Saturday, January 19, 2013

MARSHMALLOW BUTTERCREAM FROSTING & HOW TO MAKE BOXED CAKE MIX TASTE BETTER

Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting, How to make boxed cake mix taste better, Butter with a Side of Bread

We had a birthday recently and I always like to try new recipes and techniques when I make my kid's birthday cakes. My oldest daughter's birthday falls just after Christmas and unfortunatley for her, I'm always still tired from the holidays to do anything really elaborate! Luckily you can take a few simple steps to create a really fun birthday cake in no time at all.

I saw posts from the Pinterest Test Kitchen and Livestrong on Pinterest that both give instructions on how to make a boxed cake mix taste "better." Now I may be alone in this, but I think boxed cake mixes taste okay on their own. Is it just me? The only thing is, I wished they had a less crumbly texture. I love that the cakes are soft, but I can tell if a cake is homemade because it tastes richer and holds up better.

So here's what I did. Take any cake mix and change the following:
  1. Replace the oil in the recipe with real butter. {1/2 was what my box called for}
  2. Replace the water in the recipe with milk
  3. Add one (or two) more eggs than the box calls for- so I added 4 eggs to my cake
  4. Also add 1 small box of pudding mix to the cake batter. 
I baked the cupcakes as the box directed and they looked perfect! I decided to taste one immediately too because I have no self control I wanted to see if making these changes made any difference. The verdict? Yes, it made a difference, but not as much as I thought it would. There was a very subtle difference in the taste and it was more moist. The cake did hold up better though, so I was pleased. I think next time I'll substitute just the butter and add the pudding- I'm thinking I'll get very similar results. 

Now, on to the frosting! I found this recipe several months ago and absolutely love it. LOVE. It's so good. Only thing is, it's not the healthiest frosting in the world, so I don't recommend eating it everyday for a year. Everything in moderation, right?!

Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting, How to make boxed cake mix taste better, Butter with a Side of Bread
The main ingredients for the FROSTING. Marshmallow creme, BUTTER and powdered sugar. YUM.

Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting, How to make boxed cake mix taste better, Butter with a Side of Bread
I used this Princess Cake & Cookie emulsion I found at Ross for $3- I love it! It adds a nice citrusy,  sweet flavor. to the frosting, instead of using traditional vanilla.

Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting
Modified slightly from Baked Bree
  • 1 cup room temperature butter
  • 1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow creme {use the whole thing}
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-3 TBSP milk

Cream the butter until it is light and fluffy. Add the marshmallow creme.

Whip for 2 minutes.

Add the powdered sugar and continue to beat for 2 minutes. Add vanilla extract and milk until it's the texture that you want. If you're frosting cupcakes, a slightly thicker frosting is better because they hold their shape. However if you're frosting a cake, I'd add more milk- 3 TBSP or even 4, so that you can spread the frosting well.
Photo from GLORIOUS TREATS. Go visit her blog- she's awesome!
Now, when it comes to actually decorating cupcakes, I'm a novice at best. I know the basics and I tend to just stick with those because they work and I would much rather eat the cupcake than spend hours making it look amazing and incredible. So, I saw a post about decorating cupcakes from Glorious Treats and look- she even included a fun little video! I love her simple tips and followed them to decorate these cupcakes for my daughter. I used the first and second tips {from the left} and did the rose cupcake technique she showed in the video. I added a dusting of sparkly decorating powder as well, which I found at Orson Gygi here in Salt Lake. {LOVE that store!}

The results? I think they looked pretty good! Even better- they tasted amazing!

ENJOY!

Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting, How to make boxed cake mix taste better, Butter with a Side of Bread


20 comments:

  1. I think your cupcakes look awesome! I can't wait to try the frosting recipe, I've never seen anything like it before. Sounds delicious!!!

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  2. We have just started making this frosting and it's a hit!! We have made it about 4 times now. It is much less greasy than the butter-cream we usually make to pipe.

    As for jazzing up a cake mix, I liked this variation a lot from The Sisters Cafe,
    http://www.thesisterscafe.com/2011/05/strawberry-shortcake-almond-glaze-2
    They use sour cream and an extra egg, etc. I didn't try the almond flavoring because I wasn't sure the family would like it. I'm sure it's great. I make a chocolate cake in a similar way--4 eggs, sour cream, pudding mix, etc. It's this one but with only a 1/2 cup oil and it's better with bigger chips or a chocolate bar chopped up:
    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/lisas-chocolate-chocolate-chip-cake/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page

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  3. Thanks twocuff- I'm not the decorator extraordinaire, but I can fake it well! ;) Don't tell my kids though... they think all my cakes are amazing and let me tell you I've created some interesting ones!

    rmb- isn't this frosting DELICIOUS?! I'll have to take a look at your cake variations too. Sour cream?? interesting!

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  4. These cupcakes look AMAZING !!
    I'd love to try this marshmallow frosting - thank you for sharing it :)

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  5. I'm gonna have to give that frosting a try!

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  6. ciao,la quantità dei marshmallow?

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  7. A cup of coffee would go great with these. I'm currently hosting a giveaway to win a $20 Starbucks gift card and would love for you to enter! http://sarahsaturdiy.blogspot.com/2013/01/love-is-in-air-giveaway.html

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  8. i haven't done marshmallow buttercream but i do marshmallow fondant- it actually tastes GOOD. i may just make this recipe you posted to go with cookies for the kids' v-day parties at school. i have 3 classes worth of cookies to do!

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  10. Those look delicious! Simply, purely, delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

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  11. Thank you so much for this! YESSSS!!! I love making little cakes to brighten up the week and it's so much easier to use mixes, but they often don't taste quite right. I am going to try these fixes next time! Thanks!

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  12. What kind of pudding cook & Serve or instant? What size box?

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    1. I've used both Instant or the cook & serve variety. Small box- I believe it's the 3 oz variety.

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    2. Do you make the pudding or jus add the powder?

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  13. My mom used to make frosting like this all the time. She even made banana frosting this way using mashed bananas, and orange juice in place of the liquid.

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  14. When do you add the food coloring?

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  15. I was skeptical, I usually scrape buttercream frosting off of cake because it is too sugary and sweet. This icing is the BEST. Smooth, creamy, not sugary at all. I piped about a 1/4" layer on top my cupcakes and they were perfect.

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    1. Isn't it wonderful?!? Glad you enjoyed your cupcakes!

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  16. I have to try this marshmallow cream recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Thank you for this recipe. YUM!

    To jazz up chocolate boxed mix, I sub coffee for the water. It doesn't give a chocolate taste, but makes for a deeper chocolate taste. Another trick is to add a tablespoon or two of Miracle Whip, it makes any flavor mix taste richer.

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