SLIDER

"Oh No! I'm Out of Powdered Sugar" Frosting

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

"Oh no! I'm out of powdered sugar." Have you ever said that? I've said it way too many times. I've turned my pantry upside down searching for powdered sugar but didn't find any. So I go downstairs thinking there must be more powdered sugar down there. Nope, no powdered sugar anywhere... I'm completely out. Ugh! I knew I should have picked up a few more bags while I was at the store!

Several years ago, I  ran across a frosting recipe that uses granulated sugar instead of powdered sugar. It's a great "fudge type" chocolate frosting that's very easy to make. As a matter of fact I've never had a problem with this recipe, it's always turned out great... unlike other fudge type recipes I've tried. This frosting's good on cakes, but it's especially tasty on brownies or cookies. 
*** ADDED TIPS!  Please read what I wrote below.

One Minute Fudgy Frosting
2 C granulated sugar                   4 oz. bitter baking chocolate
6 Tbls. milk or cream                    4 Tbls. butter
1 egg                                            2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt

Put sugar, milk, salt, and egg into a saucepan. Stir together until well blended.
Add the chopped chocolate.
Melt ingredients over medium heat.
Stirring constantly, bring to a rolling boil and boil for 1 minute. (* or cook to a soft ball stage)
Remove from heat and pour into a mixing bowl. Add butter and vanilla.
Mix on low until the butter melts and it's well combined.
Beat on medium high until it thickens and looses it's gloss. (You could also a wire whip attachment instead of the paddle.)
Frost your cake, eat, and enjoy!
*** I've had some recent comments from readers who say their frosting wouldn't set up. I'm sorry this recipe didn't worked for you. I've added some tips that should help with some of your problems:

1. Make sure your frosting comes to a full rolling boil before you start timing.
2. If you find your frosting doesn't set up after beating it for several minutes, then put it back into a clean saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil once again. Cook it to a soft ball stage. (I always check for soft ball stage by using the "cold water test".) After reaching soft ball stage, put the frosting back into the mixer and beat it again. This time it should thicken up nicely.
3. A couple of readers said they could taste an egg flavor in the finished product. The size of the eggs you used could cause this to happen. Have you ever noticed the difference in size between eggs that are all labeled as large? The original recipe I posted called for 2 eggs. So I decided to go back and do some testing. I've found that using one egg instead of 2 works wonderfully... is that even a word???? So I changed the recipe above to use only 1 egg.

Following the recipe exactly, measurements, altitude, humidity, and the weather are just a few of the things that can affect cooking. I hope these tips help those of you who were having problems with the Fudgy Frosting recipe. (Sometime, however, I swear there are little cooking demons hiding under the sink that come along just in time to ruin our sweet treats!) LOL 

Good Luck!!!!






18 comments:

  1. I have not ever come across this recipe before...Just a few weeks ago I had this dilema. I'm going to give it a try soon. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh yes, give it a try. It's so easy but tastes like it took you all afternoon to make. (It'll be our little secret!) ;) Enjoy!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Ooooo, look what i found (giggle) a delish sounding Chocolate frosting - thankyou Judy for posting this.

    One question please... might this be good as a filling for cupcakes or for a torted Cake as a Filling?

    Rather anxious to try it :)

    Kindest Regards
    Maxine

    ReplyDelete
  4. Yes, it would make a great filling. It has more of a fudgy consistency than regular buttercream.

    ~Judy

    ReplyDelete
  5. Nope, I've never run out. I keep about ten bags on hand.
    That frosting looks great though,
    Susie

    ReplyDelete
  6. Judy just found your blog...you are one talented lady, girl!!!...a question, can this frosting be piped from a bag???

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Maria!
      Thanks for the kind words....*blush*
      I'm afraid this frosting wouldn't work well if piped. It sets up and gets stiff too quickly. This is just one of those yummy fudgy frostings that you slap on brownies or cake because it tastes great!

      ~Judy

      Delete
  7. My frosting won't thicken :(

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Nevermind I am just very impatient :p

      Delete
  8. Didn't work for me at all! And there was an aftertaste of egg in it which I didnt like. Maybe I was doing it wrong :L

    ReplyDelete
  9. Mine isn't getting thicker or losing the gloss...I've been beating it for 15 minutes :(

    ReplyDelete
  10. Can you just mix using a hand whisk for the butter and use salted butter?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Salted butter works great! You'll probably need some kind of an electric mixer... I'm afraid using a hand whisk would take you forever! (However, you'd probably end up with awesome biceps!!!) LOL

      ~Judy

      Delete
  11. This was hilarious, I found this recipe and my kids were like,"did you write that because that just happened to you!"(i.e. running out of powdered sugar, lol)So the icing didn't thicken quite right but I'm sure I was just distracted with 6 little ones under foot waiting on me to produce some kind of icing, but had I beat a little longer think it would have been perfecto:-) (I know I didn't beat quite long enough b/c it wasn't light brown, lol) Delish, nonetheless!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Same thing here...had seven little ones impatiently waiting so I didn't beat long enough so I just used it as a chocolate drip sauce...lol...it was great on my S'mores cake...love it..thanks for the quick fix... :-)

      Delete
  12. Is there a vanilla equivalent?

    ReplyDelete
  13. Does this frosting set up very firm, so that it could be used under fondant?

    ReplyDelete

Blog Design by Nudge Media Design | Powered by Blogger