I desperately wanted cake today. I’ve been very good since the Christmas baking has gone and I just wanted cake. Vanilla is my favorite, but I decided to go for chocolate today and made cupcakes because they are cute, individually portioned and take less time to actually cook. After I made said cupcakes, I realized I had not replenished my confectioner’s sugar supply from the chiffon cake experiment. Icing makes the cake – cake is, after all. Only a delivery mechanism for icing and to not have icing is, well, almost a disaster.
Not one to give up I scoured the internet for alternatives. Yes, I could have driven the two miles to the store and picked up confectioners sugar, but this was a do-as-little-as-possible day so I didn’t want to do that. I found several recipes that mentioned using flour in milk, heated to boiling to thicken with granulated sugar and butter. Well, I decided to give it a try figuring the worst that happens is that is turns out like most of my icing experiments, but this actually worked. I used a half cup of coffee instead of milk and three tablespoons flour then let it cool (ok, put it in the freezer since I’m impatient when it comes to cake and icing). I used a stick of butter and a half cup of sugar, mixed well them added half the flour/coffee mixture. I was so shocked that this worked but it really did.
I also made a fried rice this week – used my Pad Thai sauce recipe – and made a nice vegetarian fried rice for dinner. Bon thought it was good. I really loved it.
We are keeping warm these days – We turned the heat on and put the flannel sheets on the bed. The cats have been super cuddly with the cool weather and Tigger slept on my back one night. Almost 16 pounds of dead weight is not conducive to a good night’s sleep, but he is so cute, you just can’t stay mad at him.