Anyone would tell you that a cake is only as good as its frosting. While the cake itself is essential of course and baking it well will be important if you want a happy customer, or if you are baking for the people at home happy members of your family, but a good frosting can really take your cake to the next level. The choices you make regarding frosting can be tough because there are just so many different avenues for you to explore. Here are some excellent recipes you should try.
This is a classic recipe. After all, who doesn’t like chocolate? The buttercream is going to give it a light yet decadent feel as well, which is great for cakes that are being made for big parties and the like. For this cake you will need a cup of butter, unsalted would be preferred, a cup of cocoa powder, four cups of sugar and about sixty grams of heavy cream that should be at room temperature before you add it to the mix. Add a couple teaspoons of vanilla extract and a couple pinches of kosher salt to really get some epic flavors going.
Peanut Butter Buttercream
Chocolate is a classic choice, but a lot of people end up feeling tired of the constant monotony of eating chocolate time and time again. Peanut butter is a great flavor and it can break the routine a little bit. The recipe is the same as the chocolate buttercream, just skip the vanilla and replace the chocolate with about one third of a cup of peanut butter instead. Add more whipped cream to the mix so that the sweetness cuts through the saltiness of the peanut butter.
Salted Caramel Sauce
A lot of people are under the false impression that a cake needs to be sweet in order to be good. The truth is that not all good things are sweet. Salted caramel is a delicious option, one that would give you a good balance of multiple flavors and allow you to be more in tune with the decisions that you are making. For this recipe you should start with a half cup of granulated sugar. Add in three tablespoons of unsalted butter that has been softened beforehand. Once the butter has been added, put in about sixty grams of heavy whipping cream. Make sure it is at room temperature so that it softens into the mix more thoroughly without clumping up. A teaspoon each of vanilla extract and kosher salt will round off this glorious frosting that will have people raving about how amazing you are at baking cakes.
There you have it! These are just three of the countless options you can look into. You have classic sweet frostings as well as saltier options as well if you are thinking of being more adventurous with the baking choices that you are making.