Basic Buttercream Frosting
We know there are A LOT of buttercream frosting lovers out there, so we put together this basic buttercream recipe for you to use as your staple. One great thing about buttercream frosting is that Chefmaster® liqua-gel® and concentrated gels food color look wonderfully vibrant in it. Use this buttercream recipe on all your cakes and choose a fun Chefmaster® color to fit any theme you desire.
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Place ½ cup unsalted butter in a mixer bowl and mix until smooth and fluffy.
- Gradually beat 2 cups confectioner sugar until fully mix and dissolved.
- Beat in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
- Pour in 2 tablespoons milk and beat for an additional 3-4 minutes.
- Add your preferred color of Chefmaster® liqua-gel® or concentrated gel food color
- Have your cake and eat it too!
Opening Day Baseball Cupcakes
Baseball is back! Opening day starts this week and we wanted to create a themed treat with Chefmaster® piping gel writers for all you major league fans, little league moms and tailgaters! Here is a fun and quick decorated dessert to enjoy after your ball park hot dog.
What you’ll need:
- Cake mix (store bought or create from scratch. Choose your favorite – vanilla, chocolate, etc.)
- 12 oz of white buttercream frosting (store bought, Chefmaster’s recipe, or your own favorite)
- 1 – 2.5 oz Red Chefmaster® piping gel writer
- Make cupcakes following the cake baking directions. For an extra fun affect, use Chefmaster® liqua-gel® to dye the batter your team’s favorite color. Let the cupcakes cool before icing them.
- Ice cupcakes with white icing. The icing needs to remain undyed so that it looks like the leather of a baseball. As best as you can, try to not over ice the cupcake so that the shape appears round.
- Once cupcakes are iced, use a red Chefmaster® piping gel writer to create the look of a baseball. To do this, draw two lines, once concave and one convex, to be the base for the baseball stiches. Add arrow shape stiches on one line that all go in the same directions and then mirror on the other base line.
- Bring to a tailgate or ball game and enjoy cheering on your team!
Edible Glitter Cake Pops
Sugar, spice and everything nice. Here is a little girl’s birthday party dessert that you can customize to your little girl’s favorite color with Chefmaster® liqua-gel® food color! Because let’s face it, not every girl loves pink. We like cake pops because there is less mess after they’re enjoyed and they’re just so cute!
What you’ll Need:
- Cake mix (choose your little girls favorite – vanilla, chocolate, funfetti, etc.)
- 18 oz of buttercream frosting (store bough, Chefmaster’s recipe, or your own favorite)
- Cake pop sticks (can be found at most grocery or craft stores)
- Chefmaster® liqua-gel® food color in your little girl’s favorite color
- ½ cup of white granulated sugar
- Aluminum foil
- Follow the cake mix directions to bake the cake and let the cake cool to room temperature once it has finished baking
- Take the cake and break it into small crumbly pieces. Add 6-8 oz of frosting to the cake crumbs and stir with a large spoon. The cake crumbs should have a gooey consistency once the frosting is added.
- Take the cake-frosting mixture and mold into round shapes with your hands. We recommend making them into approximately golf ball size pieces. Then insert the cake pop stick and set aside. Once all the cake-frosting mixture has been used, place cake pops in the refrigerator to chill while you make the edible glitter.
- Set your over to 350°.
- Pour the white granulated sugar into a bowl and add 1 drop of Chefmaster® liqua-gel® food color and mix well with a whisk or large spoon. The sugar may clump up as the food color is added, be sure to mix thoroughly so the clumps separate and the color is dispersed. Add more color drops until desired share is reached. For the cake pop images shown we used Chefmaster® Violet liqua-gel.
- Pour colored sugar onto sheet of aluminum foil and spread sugar around so it will bake evenly.
- Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and use a fork to spread the sugar out further to cool. If edges of sugar have melted try to break up these pieces after the sugar has cooled.
- Take cake pops out of fridge and frost with remaining buttercream frosting. After each cake pop moderately sprinkle the edible glitter onto the frosting and cover the cake pop.
- Serve at your little girl’s birthday party and be sure to enjoy one yourself!
It’s that time of year again! Time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a pint of green beer! Skip the diluted green dye at the grocery store and use Chefmaster’s concentrated liqua-gel®. You only need 1 drop per 16 ounces! With that kind of color efficiency just think of how much beer you could dye. Looks like you might want to throw a party!
What you’ll need:
- Light beer, we recommend a pilsner
- Leaf Green Chefmaster Liqua-gel® Food Color
1. Drop in 1 drop of Chefmaster® Liqua-gel® Food Color into the bottom of a glass. If you are using a pitcher you can add 1 drop per every 16 ounces that the pitcher holds.
2. Pour in beer. If some color remains at the bottom of the glass or pitcher use a spoon to stir.
3. Enjoy and celebrate the Irish holiday!
For extra colorful fun, use Chefmaster® Edible Gold Spray to rim the top of the glass.
What you’ll need:
- Pint glasses
- Chefmaster® Edible Gold Spray
- Baking sheet or parchment paper
1. Take empty pint glass and flip it top side down on the parchment paper or baking sheet.
2. Shake Chefmaster® Edible Gold Spray and aim the nozzle towards the rim of the glass. Spray rim while turning parchment paper or baking sheet. It’s best to keep the nozzle 2 to 3 inches away from the rim while spraying.
3. Let pint glasses dry on the parchment paper and baking sheet without removing or flipping them for about 3 minutes
4. Flip right side up and follow green beer directions above.
5. Enjoy and watch out for leprechauns trying to steal your gold rimmed glass.