do you dream in buttercream?

Well I don’t actually  dream in buttercream, but it makes for a jazzy sounding post title.

So I have been working and working on a buttercream frosting worthy of posting and I accomplished it with a birthday cake I baked last weekend.

So here it is:

Dreamy Vanilla Rosewater  Buttercream  Frosting

(frosts a 9 inch layer cake and 2 -3 dozen cupcakes depending on how frosted you want things)

1 cup of butter softened (1 stick salted, 1 stick unsalted)

4 cups of sifted confectioners sugar

7 teaspoons of half and half (maybe a smidgen more, maybe a smidgen less depending on what you want)

1 Teaspoon of rosewater (as in used for COOKING)

1 1/4 Teaspoons of a good vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon of salt

Combine butter, sugar, and salt until well blended and smooth (use a mixer and use a large bowl and don’t splatter)

Add half and half and vanilla and rosewater and beat until smooth – between 4 and 6 minutes.

Come on people, how easy was that?  Why use frosting in a can?

You can add a couple of squares of unsweetened baking chocolate melted to turn this frosting chocolate.  You can add about 2/3 cup of shredded sweetened coconut to make coconut dream frosting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

chester county comes to clover market

So I have this friend Janet Long who thought up this fabulous outdoor market in Ardmore, PA called Clover Market.  Like First Friday Main Line, it has bought new life and crazy amounts of foot traffic and visitors to what was a sort of sleepy Main Street town.

Eliver Designs

Clover Market is a hybrid cross between a high-end craft show, antiques and collectibles show, meets art show.  It is, in a word, fantastic!

Clover Market has a website, Facebook Page, and Pinterist Boards.  They also feature a lot of folks from Chester County.

Two of my favorites from yesterday? Cupcakes Gourmet and Eliver Design.  Elizabeth at Eliver Design has amazingly fair prices, fun stuff, and right now only does shows.  E-mail her at EECoast@gmail.comCupcakes Gourmet is from Frazer and they have awesome cupcakes! And they ship, so you can send their baked goods all over!!! Carlinos as well as A Taste of Olive  of West Chester and Ardmore was there too! (always have to give them a shout out!)

I am told   some Milk House folks were there, but I don’t know all the vendors there (yet, LOL!), so you’ll have to check.

See more photos of Clover Market HERE.