Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Cream Cheese Frosting (Page 739)

  • Saturday, June 23, 2007 -- 4pm
  • Location: Southborough, MA
  • Kitchen: My Apartment
  • Dining Companions: Chris, Richard, Anita, Renato, Ephraim, Richard H, Jack, Emilee, Mike, Tim, John, Marco, Teri, Terry, and many, many others...
  • Recipe Rating: A-

This was the frosting for the cake for Michael's memorial service. It had a good cream cheese flavor, and was sweet without being cloying. The texture was very smooth and fluffy, as a frosting should be. I would certainly use this recipe again for all my cream cheese frosting needs. Although I liked this frosting a lot, it seemed like an odd choice to frost a wedding cake with because cream cheese frosting doesn't set up very well. A frosting that is butter-based (like buttercream) will harden nicely in the fridge and hence provide a lot of stability and can be piped beautifully. Cream cheese doesn't set very hard though, so this frosting never gets super-firm. That makes it difficult to do intricate piping, and also difficult to use the frosting as a source of structural support. It worked out fine, but frosting and decorating would have been much less of a pain with buttercream.

Here's the recipe.

Last night some of us played Trivial Pursuit and ate key lime pie while drinking some alcoholic beverage that Vero made called Sunday Ham. Mmmm... liquid ham. Actually the drink wasn't bad, but our trivial pursuit skills weren't terribly impressive. I had desperately wanted to play, but it was a little bit depressing how few of the questions we could answer. Vero and Matt G won with an impressive ability to guess correct answers. At one point they needed to name the state where the Offutt Air Force Base (and Strategic Air Command) are located. They had no idea, but happened to guess the correct answer, Nebraska. How likely is that?!?

At the end of the evening someone made the fine suggestion that next time we play a game that doesn't require any specific knowledge. Pictionary, here we come!

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