August 14, 2010

Caramel Fudge Frosting

Is that Halloween cupcake liners?  lol.  Sure is! It was all I had.  Time to visit Bake it Pretty!

I made these cupcakes for the "package boy" at work (what ya think of that title Scott!) to share with his co-workers in our shipping department.  It was his birthday the week before so I thought I would be nice since I harass him every day when he comes in the office.  I was lazy though.  I used a golden yellow cake mix.  However, I would not allow myself to be lazy on the frosting, so I made a homemade caramel fudge frosting to top it off.  Not beautiful by any means, but the frosting is a yummy frosting that makes you feel like you are eating candy.  Hmm, I wonder if anyone thought I put Halloween wrappers on those cupcakes to be a smarty pants?  lol.  Ya know, as in scary thought that my friend is getting old.  he he

So many changes are happening in our home and I am feeding only myself for the most part.  I also decided to make a conscious effort to eat vegan.  While I will not punish myself if I end up with a food that had some dairy in it (like salad dressing) I am doing my best to just leave all meat and dairy products alone.  What a difference it made in my weight loss this week!  You  can check my other blog to keep up with my diet.  I'll have a post up by tomorrow at the latest!


So what have I been eating?  I made some baked seitan and made a seitan tofu scramble from Vegan Yum Yum.  I also made the Red and White Cauliflower Bake.  The cauliflower dish is a definite winner as  Grumpy's first bite was "this is very edible" and then proceeded to eat seconds!  The tofu scramble idea I like but it was too salty for me.  I'm thinking I would use my own scrambled tofu recipe and add the beans, veggies, seitan to that instead when I make this again because I will make it - just my way!

So does the fact I am eating vegan mean this is going to become a vegan blog?  Not in any way.  My choice for vegan eating is health related.  It is my choice and of course I'm sure you all know its not Grumpy's choice!  While he has been a good camper lately and will try the dishes I make for the most part, he is a die hard meat and potatoes man.  It will be challenging for me (when he's around) to cook for both of us.  We will see how it goes!  My mind is very set on how I want to eat and I'm not too willing to change it.  So, you will continue to see what I fix for Grumpy and now for me.  If I'm lucky, Grumpy will like more of my food as the days go by! 

I also have been very unmotivated to blog much because I have nothing of my own that is exciting to blog about - unless you think instant oatmeal with peaches is interesting to you I'll refrain from posting.  :)  I hope to be back in a few days with Grumpy's favorite Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe.  Maybe I'll experiment with some vegan cupcakes later in the week.  We will see how the week goes for me!  For now though, I will leave you with the yummy, caramely fudge frosting I made for Scott's cupcakes.  

Caramel Fudge Frosting

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Place the butter and brown sugars in a heavy medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until the mixture comes to a boil, about 2 minutes. Add the milk, stir, and let the mixture return to a boil, then remove the pan from the heat. Add the vanilla and confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Beat with a whisk until the frosting is smooth. Add  the last 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar, but not so much so that it thickens and hardens. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of frosting on top of each cupcake and spread it out with a short metal spatula or spoon, taking care to cover the top completely.

14 comments:

Fallon said...

What a frosting!!!

Good luck keeping up with the vegan! I'm not brave enough to try tofu or the seitan. Sounds scary =P

Barbara Bakes said...

That frosting looks irresistible. I'm not really a buttercream frosting girl. Good luck with the vegan eating.

Helene said...

That's interesting to go Vegan. Will probably improve your health in couple weeks. It would be hard to convince my son and my husband to health that way but they'll eat a vegetarian meal once in a while. Good luck with everything.

ajcabuang04 said...

Yummy frosting!! It looks really good and I love how it's just oozing down the cupcake! :D Good luck on eating vegan!

Cristine said...

The cupcakes look great!

Good luck eating vegan... if anyone can do it, you can!

Jamie said...

That frosting looks to die for. And I love the Halloween liners...getting us in the fall mood. I admire your vegan diet and good luck. Reducing meat is a good health choice but I would have a very hard time giving up dairy. Aggie's friend is a vegan. You might want to check out her blog, Happy Little Vegans.
http://happylittlevegans.com/wordpress/

Reeni said...

The caramel frosting is simply irresistible! How sweet you are for baking for your co-workers!

pigpigscorner said...

woah, the frosting looks wonderful!

bellini valli said...

A fudgey icing would be the perfect topping for Hallowe'en or anytime Shelby!

Jamie said...

I admire your courage and in sticking to what you need to do and Grumpy sounds like he is giving it the old college try for his Honey Bunch. I hope he got to taste these cupcakes. Wowee frosting!

teresa said...

those cupcakes look great! it also reminded me that halloween really is right around the corner, crazy! great job with the vegan diet, i've been wanting to try that for some time now.

Megan said...

I love the halloween wrappers! And the frosting! It looks killer delicious! I'm proud of you doing the vegan thing, it seems so hard to me.

Amanda said...

OMG Shelby, yumm!!!!

Pattie T. said...

I only just discovered these today and the Halloween cups are perfectly appropriate, and they look delicious! Anything caramel always sounds great to me. Thanks for the recipe.

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