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The Many Uses of Buttercream, Part 2: Icing Fondue!

October 29, 2012
Icing Fondue

Icing Fondue

Welcome back to part two of our buttercream bonanza! Now that we’ve shown you how a bit of frosting can turn ordinary treats into works of art, it’s time to think outside the box of brownie mix and make some unique—and downright scrumptious—desserts with buttercream.

Is the idea of hosting a chocolate fondue party getting a bit stale for you? Jazz things up and throw an icing fondue bash instead! It’s incredibly simple, and no baking is necessary. Just fill a cupcake pan with your favorite icing flavors and toppings, grab some fondue sticks and a few delish snacks, and start dipping! Here’s how to do it:

Icing Flavors

Cheryl's Buttercream Frosting

Fill the outer compartments of the cupcake pan with different varieties of icing. There’s a rainbow of buttercream flavors to choose from for your fondue. For our main event, we used Cheryl’s fudge, vanilla, mint and peppermint frosting. Other great Cheryl’s flavors to try: caramel and cinnamon.

Toppings

Toppings for Icing Fondue

Add a little something extra by filling the inner sections of the cupcake pan with assorted toppings. Have fun with this! Your friends will have a ball mixing and matching the icing with the trimmings, so give them as many options as you can. We chose chocolate chips, sprinkles, M&M’S, and chocolate cookie crumbs. You can also try other exotic garnishes, like coconut or crushed walnut.

Snacks to Dip

Great Snacks to Dip in Icing Fondue

On separate plates, stack up the sweet and savory treats you want to dip. You can dunk just about any yummy bite-sized foods into your icing fondue. We went with sugar cookies, strawberries, mini cupcakes, marshmallows and pretzels. You can spear ’em with fondue sticks or just dive in with your hands.

And there you have it: an exciting dessert that will whip up tons of laughs at your next get-together. Come back next week for a very modern, very personalized buttercream dessert: deconstructed cake!

What kinds of treats and toppings would you use for your icing fondue party?

Buttercream Frosted Cut-Out Cookies, Create Your Own

The Many Uses of Buttercream, Part 1: Traditional Treats!

October 23, 2012
Cheryl's Buttercream Frosting

Cheryl's Buttercream FrostingJust like the artist uses paint to create a work of art, the baker uses buttercream to make an edible masterpiece. If you have a colorful imagination, a quality pastry bag and a few tubs of sinfully delicious buttercream frosting, the possibilities for culinary creativity are endless! To help stoke your artistic fire, we’ll be taking the next seven weeks to show you all the different ways buttercream can be used. We have lots of fun projects for you to try out, so let’s get started!

This week, we’ll be covering the traditional desserts we all love to smother in buttercream: cakes, cupcakes, cookies and brownies, oh my! Hang on to your pastry chef hats; this is going to be one sweet ride. …

Cakes and Cupcakes

Mom & Baby Owl Cupcakes

What’s the first image that pops into your head when you hear the word “icing”? Chances are you pictured either a towering layer cake or a platter of delectable bite-sized cupcakes, and for good reason. These fluffy desserts are a staple of every celebration, and there’s no limit to the fun you can have decorating them. Check out Celebrations.com to find out how you can use buttercream to make the perfect birthday cake and create the adorable Mom & Baby Owl Cupcakes pictured above!

Cookies

Buttercream Frosted Cookies

Frosting can also turn an ordinary cookie into a rich, extravagant confection. Whether sugar cookies or chocolate chip cookies hit your sweet spot, just pick your favorite type and dress it up with some buttercream. To make these festive pumpkin- and acorn-shaped cookies for the fall, we used Cheryl’s Unfrosted Cutout Cookies, Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, Fudge Buttercream Frosting and Mint Buttercream Frosting. (To make the orange icing, we added a few drops of red and yellow food coloring to the vanilla frosting.)

Brownies

Buttercream Frosted Brownies

Brownies don’t have to be so square! Sure, they taste great on their own, but topping them off with buttercream will enhance their flavor and give their appearance a lot of pizzazz. To get really creative with your chocolatey treats, cut them into shapes using a cookie cutter, or put ’em on a wooden ice pop stick for a fun snack on the go, like we did here. We created these fun and elegant dessert platters using Cheryl’s Premium Brownie Sampler and Buttercream Frosting Tub Sets (in vanilla, mint and strawberry flavors).

Next week, we’ll show you how to wow your party guests with buttercream fondue! Until then, tell us: What’s your favorite way to top cakes, cupcakes, cookies or brownies with buttercream frosting?

Buttercream Frosted Cut-Out Cookies, Easter Cookies, Flower Cookies, Giveaway, Spring

Spring giveaway!

April 13, 2011
NEW Easter Cookie Sampler

NEW Easter Cookie Sampler

 

Spring is finally here!  Flowers, green grass, sandals and warmer temps! And of course with Spring comes awesome Easter gifts from Cheryl’s.   Cheryl’s has a $9.99 6-count sampler with buttercream frosted spring favorites… flowers, chicks and eggs!

Would you like one?  I want to send you one! 

In 1-2 paragraphs tell us what family traditions you have to celebrate Spring or Easter! 

We’ll choose FIVE winners!

And the winners are….

Winner #1: Post #4 Written By andrea mcmahon on April 13, 2011 at 7:05 pm
Winner #2: Post #10 Written By megan on April 13, 2011 at 8:57 pm
Winner #3: Post #15 Written By The Rod Family on April 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm
Winner #4: Post #24 Written By Amanda S. on April 18, 2011 at 2:28 pm
Winner #5: Post #6 Written By kathy chambers on April 13, 2011 at 7:14 pm
Buttercream Frosted Cut-Out Cookies, Easter Cookies, Flower Cookies, Spring

Ready for Spring?

March 9, 2011
 
 

Spring Cookies!

Spring Cookies!

 This week’s blog post is from one of our Marketing experts, Gina.

A couple of weeks ago, a groundhog in Pennsylvania didn’t see his shadow, which according to legend, signifies that winter weather is drawing to a close.  And what welcome news after one of the craziest winters in recent history.  I don’t know about you, but I am ready for SPRING!  Cheryl’s is rolling out the Flowers, Easter eggs, and our NEW baby chick cookies because what better way to shake out of the winter doldrums than with cookies!  And buttercream frosting of course!

As much as I’ll miss the cold and the ice (haha), I’m so excited to see the trees sprout buds, the earliest flowers start to bloom, and the birds start to make their nests.  As the official season of rebirth and renewal, spring always feels like a brand new page, open to every possibility.  Even spring cleaning doesn’t sound so bad as a trade-off from being cooped up all winter!

I’m so excited about the coming of spring that I was wondering what your favorite part of spring is.  What are some traditions you and your family have for this time of year?  Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

Buttercream Frosted Cut-Out Cookies, Easter Cookies, St. Patrick's Day

Introducing our NEW Buttercream Frosted Chick cookie!

February 24, 2011
NEW! St. Patrick's Day Gift Tin

NEW! St. Patrick's Day Gift Tin

 

This week’s Cheryl’s post is from our head Merchant, Nora.

As the hearts and chocolate come to an end and Valentine’s Day is over, the thoughts of spring are in our minds and stomachs!  Here is a sneak peek at what is to come for the upcoming holidays!  Beginning with St. Patrick’s day, everyone loves some luck!  Send someone lucky wishes with our buttercream frosted shamrock cookie in our new St Patrick’s Day packaging!

NEW! Buttercream Frosted Chick cookies

NEW! Buttercream Frosted Chick cookies

 

After sending someone delicious shamrock cookies, don’t forget to check out our new Easter collection.  Shhh… don’t tell but we’re launching a new chick cookie!  Buttercream frosted chicks and egg cutout cookies make the perfect gift for all of your Easter gifting needs.  You can find gifts for kids of all ages!  The new novelty packaging with the delicious treats will compliment any Easter celebration.  Don’t forget to buy some extra cookies to fill the Easter baskets this year! 

Happy Spring!