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Creamy Chocolate Frosting – Southern Plate by Gordon Ramsay

Creamy Chocolate Frosting - Southern Plate


Creamy Chocolate Frosting! THE BEST!

As I was leaving to go on a trip awhile back, I promised my kids that when we got back we’d make a cake with Creamy Chocolate Frosting on it together and I’d let them decorate it. 

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret today that most of you have already picked up on. If you want a cake or dessert to taste extra special, there is one no fail method of making sure that happens.

How To Make Your Cake Taste Better

No matter how many times you’ve made it, no matter how ordinary the recipe may seem, cakes taste better if you let kids decorate them. ~smiles~ Seriously.

chocolateicing-082For this Creamy Chocolate Frosting, use whatever cake or brownie recipe gets your zizzwheel a goin’ and then the icing is a cinch.

Now let me tell you why I love this frosting, it has to do with my dropped-on-his-head-as-a-child-husband. You see, his favorite icing (until this one) was store bought canned chocolate icing. Insert GASP here!

He actually preferred store bought icing to homemade. You see what I have to live with! 🙂

Is This Better Than Store Bought?

Well yes! Because what differentiates this recipe from the store bought kind is, of course, flavor. This frosting is absolutely exploding with chocolate. Its smooth, creamy, and causes everyone who tastes it to do a double take because by looking at it, you are expecting it to be store bought canned icing but OH NO, none of that plastic, preservative filled flavor here. This is the real deal my pretties!

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Ingredients to Make An Easy Creamy Chocolate Frosting Recipe:

  • Milk
    Cocoa powder
  • Softened butter
  • Vanilla
  • Powdered sugar

TIP To Make This Process MUCH Easier:

Make sure your butter is softened or this is gonna be a bear!

How To Make Homemade Creamy Chocolate Frosting Step by Step

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In a large mixing bowl, place butter and cocoa powder.

TIP:  How to Make This Frosting Thicker and Richer

Now if you want this to be even richer and more decadent, you can use dutch process cocoa and you’ll end up with a dark chocolate frosting rather than a milk chocolate one. Either way, you’re pretty much set!

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Add a cup of confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar, whatever you wanna call it).

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Add just a bit of milk. The recipe calls for two tablespoons and I am busted here.

Lost Your Tablespoon In The Abyss of Your Drawer?  

I don’t like to search for a tablespoon when I cook most of the time so I just use the cap of the milk jug and eyeball it. Two tablespoons? I figure about three caps full will do the trick. Feel free to use a tablespoon and be more accurate if you like. I’m setting a bad example but sometimes y’all need a bad example….

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Mix all of that up until creamy. This is gonna be really thick. At first it will be lumpy but stick with it and it’ll get all smooth like this, although still very thick.

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Add the remainder of your milk

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and confectioner’s sugar

Mix that up well.

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Add vanilla and mix again, until it’s all smooth, silky, creamy, and chocolaty.

Dip your finger in to taste it…oh alright dip a spoon in if you must ~rolls eyes~ but your granny just dipped a finger in.

Yeah, its good, isn’t it? Even if you don’t do that..you just HAVE to do this:

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Everyone knows beaters don’t come clean unless someone licks them first!

I learned this in college, honest!

Creamy Chocolate Frosting! THE BEST!

Frost your cake with this silky smooth bit of heaven.

How to Decorate A Cake With Your Chocolate Frosting

I made two small cakes in square pans because I promised the kids I’d let them decorate the cake.

I didn’t bother taking them out of the pans to make it easier for the kids to decorate (and hold for pictures).

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Of course you can use anything on earth to decorate a cake but today the kids are going to use M&M’s, sprinkles, and Alpha Bit’s cereal.

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I put a little of each topping in separate bowls for each child to avoid WWIII breaking out at my house…

And a little chocolate on their clothes just makes it more fun!

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In the background you’ll see that I had to interrupt their game of bowling to get them to do this..

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Every photo involving a four year old that is NOT out of focus is a product of divine intervention. I am convinced of this.

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Brady was going for a happy faced M&M man.

Katy was going for..putting as many M&M’s on chocolate icing as I would possibly allow her to in order to eat them later.

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GREAT JOB, BRADYBUG!! Looks AWESOME!

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And that is my little Miss Priss, with a cake pretty as she is! Love it, Katy!!

Creamy Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients

  • 3 C Confectioner’s Sugar powdered sugar
  • 2/3 C Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Cup one stick butter softened
  • 6 T milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, place margarine, 1 C sugar, cocoa powder, and two Tablespoons of milk. Beat until mixed well and no longer lumpy. It will be thick. Add all remaining ingredients and beat until smooth and creamy.

You may also like these frosting recipes:

Red Velvet Cupcakes and Cream Cheese Frosting

Seven Minute Frosting Foolproof recipe

Rolo Cupcakes with Brown Butter Frosting

Peanut Butter Cake (From Scratch!) with PB Cream Cheese Frosting

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The Best Cornbread Recipes – Southern Plate by Gordon Ramsay

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Almost every Southerner has their favorite cornbread recipes and everyone thinks their recipe is the best of course!  Well here are 5 Popular Cornbread Recipes on Southern Plate for you to enjoy!

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Do you have your own favorite cornbread recipe?  If you do we would love to hear from you.  You can send them in to [email protected] with a story about what memories are attached to your cornbread recipes and you never know, we just may contact you about being featured on Southernplate.com.  Hope you enjoy this list of the best and most popular cornbread recipes on our site.

mexican cornbread

Here’s our Mexican Cornbread Recipe by Mama:  Little bit of spice and lots of love 🙂

 

chicken pot pie with cornbread topping

Check out our Cornbread Topped Chicken Pot Pie.  So good, so filling and you can make it easily from scratch.

keto cornbread

Looking for a Low Carb, Low Sugar, Keto Option for cornbread? 

Our Keto Cornbread may be just what you are looking for!

Dixie Cornbread

Dixie Cornbread from Georgia is a deeelicious version of a Southern style cornbread.  Definitely worth making no matter where you are from.

Hot Water Cornbread

Our Hot Water Cornbread fits every budget.  You can dunk ’em in some sauce or pop them in your mouth plain.  You will love the taste and it may bring back some wonderful memories of growing up in the South.

 



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Hello Fresh Review – Southern Plate by Gordon Ramsay

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This is not a sponsored post from Hello Fresh.  This review is based on my own experience.

Hello Fresh Box

In this post I’ll answer:

  • How does HelloFresh work?
  • Are the ingredients really fresh?
  • Are the portions generous or skimpy?
  • Are the recipes family friendly?
  • Is this a good service for people who already cook regularly?
  • Do I have to know how to cook?

You may remember a couple months ago I posted a Hello Fresh Louisiana Red Beans and Rice dish that was delicious.  But I just recently found out that I could share a coupon for y’all to get $70.00 towards your first order.  Most times my orders for two people total 45-55.00 for 6 servings (three meals with 2 servings each) but there is an option to order additional servings.

If you cook dinner for yourself or your family this can be a fun way to decrease your time spent at the grocery store and still get some wonderful fresh ingredients to prepare a delicious meal.   

Hello Fresh meal bags

This is an example of how the bags of ingredients look.

I was a bit skeptical…

When I first started, I was curious to see if this subscription service would enhance our lives or just be a drain on the budget. I was surprised to find a very fresh meal experience with several unique aspects that are personally appealing and may help any busy parent.

After opening up the box I really liked how everything is organized into individual meal boxes. I didn’t have to do inventory or try to sort everything according to meal. I can just put these in my refrigerator and grab the box I need when it’s time to cook that particular meal.

Note: The fresh meat is stored in between two solid ice packs underneath these boxes but I am including it with the box ingredients photos below.

Here is a look at all the ingredients inside one of my Hello Fresh ingredient bags for …

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Hello Fresh  Ginger Stir Fry

  • How does Hello Fresh work?

Visit HelloFresh.com, (Click here to get $70 off your first box using my referral code). Create an account and choose your plan. The website walks you through everything else. There is no time commitment or minimum number of deliveries, you can cancel at any time by clicking your name, settings, and then scrolling down and clicking “cancel my subscription”. Simple as that.

Your meal box is delivered at a date you choose, ingredients are separated into different bags, and a full color recipe card is included with photos and instructions of the simple steps and the full recipe.

A photo of one of the meals I made a few weeks ago: juicy pork burgers Juicy Apple Pork Burgers with Rosemary Potatoes and Green Salad

  • Are the ingredients really fresh?

Everything I received was well chilled and as fresh as it could possibly be, actually fresher quality than if I had of picked it up from a local grocery. Just make sure you get it the day that it is sent to avoid it sitting around.   I forgot to pick mine up from the PO Box and it sat in there for almost 2.5 days.  Even considering that, I was still able to use it and it was relatively fresh,  That time I had ordered vegetarian dishes so I didn’t have to worry about any meat sitting out.   To avoid any issue however, go on and grab it as soon as you can.

Whenever I pick my order up the same day it comes in, the salad greens are crisp and perfect, the fruits and veggies are firm and without the slightest blemish, and ingredients like onions looked freshly picked.  When I order meals with it arrives well chilled and vacuum sealed, positioned between two layers of packaged ice.

Are the portions generous or skimpy?

It really depends on your appetite but for my 22 year old son (when he comes to visit his mama) and I and occasionally a guest or two  I have found portions to be just fine.  If you are trying to watch your weight and trying to avoid going for seconds or thirds, this is a good way to keep your portion sizes standard.

Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

The Red Beans and Rice Dish I made in my first order.

  • Are the recipes family friendly?

I have some picky eaters in my house as well and I found these meals to be pretty family friendly, using fresh ingredients with tasty flavor combinations. As a result, I’m delighted to have some new favorite recipes to add to our rotation.

  • Is Hello Fresh a good service for people who already cook regularly?

I cook supper just about every night of the week, and often cook breakfast and lunch as well. I think most home cooks will admit to getting into a rut from time to time and these meal boxes are the perfect way to jazz things up a bit, discover new recipes, and not have to buy larger quantities of ingredients you may not end up using later. Each week there is at least one of the three meals we received in our box.  I plan on adding two exactly as written to the regular rotation and a third I’ve already made with a different cut of meat. 

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  • Do I have to know how to cook?

This is an excellent option for cooks of all levels thanks to the clear photos and simple instructions. The recipe cards are well written and fully disclose all measurements and ingredients so you can easily go to your local grocery and duplicate the dish exactly. Steps are simple, straightforward, and in very few steps. I was able to make each meal, start to finish, in about thirty minutes.

In summary: This is an excellent option for eating in and not having to spend so much time in the grocery store.  It’s a great way to try out new recipes and add new found favorites to your family recipe files. The food is fresh. The servings are normal size. The recipes are simple to make and laid out in just a few easy steps.  And I love the recipe cards because they are laid out so that you can easily make them again if you like.

Click here to get $70 off your first box using my referral code

If you choose to take advantage of this 70.00 offer Southern Plate will receive a small affiliate fee.  All of this affiliate fee will be directed to a charity to be determined (and I will post it here) to help those in need of food.  Times are hard for many and Southern Plate wants to help.  If you have any suggestions for a charity that can provide fresh food to families in need please email me at [email protected] to give me details.



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