Good morning, afternoon or evening! I hope everyone had a lovely Easter. For those of you beginning your spring break week enjoy your well deserved holiday. For those of us beginning the work week let’s pretend we’re one of the ones beginning our spring break week. Dave the Builder’s brother sent me a video he filmed while he and his family were having lunch at one of their favorite restaurants last week. Floridians with their ocean liner afternoons way of life need not rub it in.
My Easter weekend went from cooking, baking and casual entertaining to full blown extravaganza somewhere around late Saturday afternoon. That’s what happens when two family members tell two family members and they tell two family members. Get where I’m going with this?
Let me tell you something about going into full-on double and triple the recipes, come up with another dessert mode – it’s not exactly my kind of bunny hop. Grabbing the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens and turning to the dog-eared page I somehow knew I would need this holiday, inspiration stared me in the face.
This is the result of that inspiration.
Over the summer months I’ll periodically be featuring a summer recipe series, Delicacies, Dishes and Desserts. This Malted Buttercream frosting recipe kicks it off because it’s a summer is coming share worthy favorite. With summer comes get togethers of the family reunion, 4th of July and dinner on the grounds kind. Delicacies, dishes and desserts come to the buffet table not only to celebrate, but to comfort and to impress. This particular frosting, complete with a generous measure of malt shop goodness, has the flavor of summer whipped all over it. The coconut nest and malted milk eggs topped off the Easter theme, but I topped a second cake I prepared for our neighbors with fresh strawberry and lemon slices. How’s that for a preview of summer delights to come? I didn’t get a picture of that cake, but I’m sure it won’t be long before I have a reason to make another one.
Malted Buttercream Frosting
2 cup (4 sticks) butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
1 cup vanilla-flavored malted milk powder
4 tablespoons evaporated milk or milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon salt
In a very large mixing bowl beat the butter on medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy. Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in 6 cups of the powdered sugar and the malted milk powder. Increase speed to medium and add 4 tablespoons of the milk, the vanilla, and salt. Beat for 2 minutes or until smooth. Add enough of the remaining powdered sugar or milk to make a frosting that is spreadable.
Frost top and sides with frosting. Decorate as desired with cotton candy and Easter egg candies just before serving.
Some may be thinking and asking, “six cups powdered sugar?” The malted milk powder keeps this frosting from being overly sweet. Into everyone’s life a little sugar will fall, and realizing that fact is why I don’t shy from posting and developing dessert recipes. From the measurement of an ingredient to the measurement of interior decorating and design, balance is key.