Nothing too complicated and time-consuming, this lazy mummy decided to use cake mix for the cake and got a Devil's Food cake mix. With a chocolate cake, cream cheese frosting came to the mind. Feeling lazy still, I stepped into Phoon Huat, thinking of getting a can of ready-made cream cheese frosting and was blankly told by the staff that they do not sell canned frosting. I was like "What do I do then?" and the staff promptly suggested I do my own frosting. This set me thinking and I bought the cream cheese home and started researching for cream cheese frosting recipes online.
There were tons of recipes that called for different ingredients and amount. In the end, I settled for a recipe that I was comfortable with and the end results was heavenly! My elder son stood beside me when I was doing the frosting and kept stealing mouthfuls from my mixing bowl.
This is one frosting recipe that I definitely will keep and use it again. Though I shall warn that my version is not as sweet as the original recipe because my family do not like sweet stuff. It has a nice velvety feel that scream cheesecake all over. So if you are one cheesecake lover, this frosting will go perfectly well with your chocolate cake, carrot cake, banana cake, pumpkin cake, on cookies or between cookies.
No regrets from this mummy to spend slightly more time prepare the frosting, definitely better than those that comes from the can!
Here's the recipe...
Cream Cheese Frosting (Makes 3 cups)
Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com
500g cream cheese, softened
120g unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (125g) sifted caster sugar
1 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter with a electric mixer. Start on low speed for approx. 30 seconds and increase to medium and mix until creamy. Mix in the vanilla and gradually add in the caster sugar. Continue mixing until sugar fully incorporated into the frosting.
Store in fridge after use.
Amount of sweetness can be adjusted according to your taste. However, please note that the frosting may become more "watery" when more caster sugar is added.
If you find the frosting too thick, you can add some full-cream milk (2 tsp at a time) and incorporate it in with the mixer.