No Food Wasted: Homemade Frosting
Did you ever make frosted Christmas cookies? Or frosted birthday cakes?
When I was growing up, buying a birthday cake from a store was out of the question. Not only were they far too expensive, but they were nothing compared to the custom confections my mom designed.
One year, my sister wanted a Nala cake – as in The Lion King. But she didn’t want a Lion King cake. She wanted Nala on the top.
Surprisingly, they don’t make Nala cakes at Publix.
However, that didn’t matter because my mom could make it. She could make anything. That was half the fun on our birthday – choosing any design we wanted.
Being the kind of woman who never once said the words, “I can’t do that,” my mom made them all.
She was also incredibly frugal. Even if Publix had a special on cakes featuring a cartoon lioness, store-bought cakes weren’t in the budget.
Every Christmas, we make buttercream frosted sugar cookies. It’s the same recipe my grandmother made, my mother made, and now I make it with my kids.
My problem is the frosting. Butter can be expensive, so buttercream is a luxury. We always end up with extra frosting that sits in the fridge on the off-chance I make some Happy New Year’s Cookies in red, green, and white frosting.
You can guess how often that happens.
Did you know you can freeze it?
Simply scoop the frosting into a freezer bag, carefully squeeze all the extra air out of it, and seal. You can store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.
When you want to use it, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator, then let it soften on the counter an hour or two. You may need to re-whip it a little.
That’s it. No more wasted frosting! No more butter thrown away. And one less step when your kid requests an obscure Disney character on their cake. Or do what I do and have your kids decorate their own cakes. Great excuse for sloppy frosting.
What You Can Do Now:
- Save this post on Pinterest, or whatever you do to save ideas – print it, laminate it, frame it, and hang it over your mantel.
- When you’re frosting those Christmas cookies or that birthday cake – freeze the leftover frosting!
What kind of frosted treats did you have as a kid?
I never actually liked frosted birthday cake. But sugar cookies are my jam.
Fun pic to Pin: