Hi everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Personally, I had a great Thanksgiving. I spent the day with my family at my MeMa's house and ate a TON. And when I say a ton, I mean it! I have no shame though, Thanksgiving only comes once a year and it is my favorite holiday next to Christmas :). MeMa's food is too good to pass up, she makes the best food EVER. Her delicious Thanksgiving spread included: apple pie, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, pumpkin roll, stuffing, corn custard, flakey butter rolls, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, brussels sprouts with cranberries, candied carrots, and of course, turkey!
And, we had something extra: cake! I know what you're thinking, cake isn't usually on a Thanksgiving menu. But, every Thanksgiving we celebrate my cousin Joey's birthday as well! (Hi Joey!)
This is the birthday cake I made for him!
Since my golf-loving cousin isn't much of a cake fan, I made a square cookie cake topped with a square chocolate cake just for the "dirt and grass" affect(recipes for these will eventually be posted). I had made the cookie cake and chocolate cake before, so I know that they are recipes I can trust. However, I have been searching for the perfect frosting recipe for what seems like an eternity! Most frosting recipes call for butter, a ton of powdered sugar, vanilla, and some milk or cream. Some recipes call for shortening instead of butter, and others require you to "cook" the frosting. I can't stand when frostings are greasy, heavy, or overly sweet. As I searched and searched for a perfect frosting recipe, I came across this one. This frosting is made with marshmallow cream and very little powdered sugar, so knew it wouldn't be overly sweet but still fluffy and flavorful. After testing it out, liked it but I still felt like it wasn't light and fluffy enough. I wanted to have the perfect frosting for Joey's cake, so I decided to tweak this recipe a little bit. All I did was replace half of the butter with shortening. This must have been the best decision I ever made. It is the BEST frosting I have ever whipped up and my search for the perfect frosting recipe has finally ended! Yay! It's a whole lot lighter than buttercream, and tastes soooooo much better! Plus there is hardly any work involved in making it. Just beat the butter and shortening together, beat in the marshmallow cream, and then beat in the powdered sugar and a little bit of vanilla extract. After beating everything together, you will get a fluffy cloud-like frosting that is perfectly sweet and smooth. It tastes similar to the frosting used on birthday cakes from an actually bakery, which is amazing in my book :). So the next time you need to frost something, use this recipe. I dare you to try to keep your fingers out of the frosting-filled mixing bowl!
In addition to this recipe, I want to make a shout out to all my friends and family that have read and supported my blog! Thank you so much everyone! I truly appreciate your love and support. You guys are the best!
1 7 oz. jar marshmallow cream(such as Fluff)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening(such as Crisco), softened
1 cup powdered(confectioners) sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
*I doubled the recipe to fill and generously frost an 8"x8" double layer cake.
Using a stand mixer or hand-held mixer fitted with a whisk attachment(paddle works too), beat the butter and shortening together on high speed for 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in marshmallow cream until completely incorporated.
Switch the speed to low, and add in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt. Increase the speed to high and beat the mixture until it is light and fluffy.
Recipe Adapted From: Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting Recipe
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