OK, so the other must-have from this birthday meal is the frosting on the cake. Literally. My husband likes a yellow cake with chocolate frosting, and I am forever on the search for the scratch combo that he will find "as good as" a box mix with a can of frosting. I may have found the cake, but think I made some errors that caused it to be a bit dry and dense (read trying to make my own cake flour in a pinch), so I will delay sharing that, but the frosting. OH MY LAWD, THE FROSTING! This is the best chocolate frosting I've ever had. It's technically a buttercream, but you make it with melted chocolate instead of cocoa, which makes it ultimately fudgy (how I prefer chocolate frosting). Are you ready for the best part? Sit down. No, really, sit down. Here it comes.....you make it in the food processor in just a couple minutes! Yipee! And it is gorgeous. See?
Fast Fudge Frosting
(makes about 5 cups)
- 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
- 4 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar (no need to sift)
- 3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature (part of the reason it's SO good!)
- 6 tablespoons half-and-half or whole milk (I only had 2% and we survived)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse to incorporate, then process until the frosting is smooth. If you intend to write on your cake, you can whirl all of your ingredients EXCEPT chocolate together first, then remove about 1/2 cup to tint (or leave white like lazy old me), then blend in the chocolate.