Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

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Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

cream cheese frosting

earlier this year, i posted a recipe for cream cheese icing, and since then i have tried another recipe which i may prefer even more than the first one posted.  this one was written by Ina garten, the barefoot contessa. 

the frosting is very creamy and delicious and by making 1/2 of her printed recipe, i had just enough for my one layer cake.  i used pecans to decorate the top of the cake, similar to her design suggested in her cookbook, "how easy is that?"

to make this icing recipe:  mix 3 ounces of cream cheese at room temperature, with 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter at room temperature, with 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.  i used a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.  the recipe suggests not to whip the icing, but to mix.  then, add slowly 1 1/4 cups of powdered sugar until the frosting comes together and is smooth.

this is the 1/2 recipe.  Ina lists all of these ingredients in double the quantity.

this recipe can be used for banana cake, carrot cake or as a glaze for muffins.

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