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Come in and make yourself at home. I'm so happy to be able to share my recipes here with you.

I bake mostly cookies, quick breads, muffins and scones -- sometimes pie, sometimes cake, but nothing too fancy. I prefer simple recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.

These are the recipes I will share with you. They come from family and friends, magazine clippings saved through the years, favorite cookbooks, and other blogs.

I'm so glad you came to visit. Enjoy your stay!

Michael Ann

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Superquick Chocolate Buttercream

I rarely make a chocolate or white cake from scratch.  I have done so before but have been disappointed with the results. The box cakes are so delicious, why mess with the best?

I will not, however, buy canned frosting. I think it tastes disgusting and fake. Eww!  I will always make my own frosting. The flavor is SO much better for simple buttercream, but there are many other varieties -- whipped cream, seafoam, ganache, cream cheese, etc... Frosting is a great way to give a whole new twist to any layer cake.

So today is my son's 15th birthday. Happy birthday, Kevin!!  He requested chocolate cake, so I baked him a Pillsbury Devil's Food Cake and topped it with this delicious frosting. I got the recipe years ago from Country Living Magazine. Try it, you'll like it!

Superquick Chocolate Buttercream

1 cup butter
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened!), melted
2 cups Marshmallow Cream (Measure it out, don't go by the ounces on the jar.)
3/4 tsp vanilla
6 TB powdered sugar

Beat butter until smooth, then add melted chocolate and beat until incorporated.  Reduce mixer speed to medium and beat in the marshmallow cream. Add vanilla and powdered sugar. Increase mixer speed to medium-high and beat until smooth and fluffy. Chill for 20 minutes before using. Makes about 4 cups, enough to frost a 2-layer cake with a generous amount between layers.


  1. Oh my gosh--that sounds yummy! I don't know if I have a box of cake mix in the house right now, but maybe I could just make half a batch and we could eat it with spoons! Enjoy the celebration!

  2. I usually use box mixes too! I hate canned icing...it is awful! I will definitely have to give this frosting recipe a try. Marshmallow cream sounds like an amazing addition!!

  3. That sounds great!! I'm ashamed to say that I have never made my own frosting and I don't remember when I baked a cake! My sister has been really getting into it though, so maybe in the spirit of sisterly competition I will give it a try!! Happy Birthday to your son!!

  4. Yum!! I'm going to try this for Sunday's dinner!

  5. Hi Michael Ann wondering how the new bowl is doing? I m sending you a link to my page for a cake mix cake. It just has a few more ingredients added to up the flavor and texture a little. Just a thought for you, I know you can do it. I can't frost a cake, always make cupcakes but I made a red-velvet cake the other day not posted yet but soon, wicked good too. Thr frosting looks terrible I need practice. so give it a try I got it from therecipegirl


    Your cake is iced beautiful, Hppy Baking andi and a happy birthday to your son............

  6. Can I just tell you I'm going into a chocolate coma just dreaming of eating that delicious goodness! Wow, does that cake look fabulous! :) The girls and I made a Halloween Funfetti cake for dessert tonight and it was quite tasty...but now I'm wishing we would have just gone with a chocolate cake!! I can almost taste it just thinking about it.


  7. I love the idea of marshmellow fluff! So smart and super yummy, I bet. I can't stand canned frosting either: ick!!

    Happy birthday to your son!

  8. I will be trying the recipe out I have yet to find the perfect chocolate buttercream recipe. Most are made with cocoa powder and I am not big on the flavor from the cocoa powder. So I am excited to try yours. You also received the Liebster Award again! Check it out at http://diygoddessintraining.blogspot.com/2011/10/liebster-blog-award.html

  9. First of all, Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice compliment! And secondly, I love your blog and am your newest follower. :) This frostinig looks fabulous! I can't wait to try it for my ALL TIME favorite made-from-scratch chocolate cake recipe. Please try this recipe sometime and you will never buy a boxed chocolate cake mix again- I Promise! http://tipsfromtheheart.blogspot.com/2011/11/honey-i-love-you-recipes.html
    -Robyn from http://tipsfromtheheart.blogspot.com

  10. Just found this recipe now and I think it sounds wonderful. I never would have thought to use marshmallow cream.


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