This frosting is so stinkin’ easy, it’s really my only go-to frosting when I want to top off a great cake or cupcakes! No cooking, no fuss, no special ingredients – just straightforward frosting, whether you need a lot or a little.
Quick & Easy 3-Bit Frosting
1 pint (~475 ml.) heavy cream, well chilled
1 cup sifted icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat the chilled cream until frothy. Add the icing sugar and vanilla gradually while beating. Add in your preferred flavourings, and whip until light and a thick enough consistency to spread as an icing. Chill until ready to use, and spread onto a cooled cake or cupcakes. Serve immediately, or keep in a cool place (or the cream will melt).
1/2 cup cocoa, sifted in with the icing sugar
1/2 bar of your favourite chocolate, gradually melted/stirred/melted stirred in the microwave on a low setting. Pour into the basic mix, and whip again until stiff. Adjust sugar downward accordingly.
1 tablespoon instant coffee, dissolved in the cream
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1 finely grated lemon, rind of, in place of the vanilla
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
1 finely grated orange, rind of, in place of the vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract, in place of the vanilla
3/4 cup minced nuts, of your choice, folded in
1 -2 tablespoon brandy or 1 -2 tablespoon rum or 1 -2 tablespoon Bourbon, in place of the vanilla (For extra tipsy, pierce the cake layers and dribble with more of the same type of liquor and let stand)