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

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?

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2 thoughts on “The Many Uses of Buttercream, Part 1: Traditional Treats!

  1. Batman October 24, 2012 at 11:21 PM Reply

    Stella do u own this whole website? Do u sell cookies here?

    • cherylscookies October 25, 2012 at 7:01 PM Reply

      Hello! The blog is owned by Cheryl&Co., and I’m their blogger. You can find all of the delicious varieties of Cheryl’s Cookies at http://www.cheryls.com. Thanks for reading!

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