I’m not much of a cake decorator, which puts me in a bad spot at birthday time. I would really, really love to be able to make gorgeous cakes for my kiddos’ birthdays. I dearly would.
Instead, I make cakes that taste yummy and look crummy.
My children love me anyway.
Our little Miss E turned five this week. Knowing my little diva, she probably had visions of a castle cake with princesses and unicorns all around.
She got plain old chocolate cupcakes. And she loved them!
I still haven’t figured out how to make a decent gluten-free cake from scratch, so I rely on Pamela’s gluten-and-dairy-free chocolate cake mix to see me through birthdays. (It sure does taste good!)
I wanted to try my hand at a fancy frosting, so I converted Wilke’s famous Butter Cream frosting over to something akin to healthy. The main ingredient I wanted to get rid of was vegetable shortening.
In it’s place, I used organic palm shortening, which is derived from palm oil (which is, in fact, very healthy). Unlike the “junky” shortening sold at the grocery store, palm shortening is not hydrogenized and does not contain transfat.
It sure made a tasty frosting! And it was ridiculously simple.
This rich and slightly-healthier-icing will make plain old cupcakes taste fit for a princess. I call it “shortening free” frosting, but it’s really “unhealthy-shortening free” frosting. You can call it what you want.
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Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.