I started off the year with a big one. I gave up French fries for the month of January. Yes, you read that correctly. I, Nancy, gave up French fries. That may not seem like a big deal to some of you, but those who know me well would tell you this is huge! I LOVE FRENCH FRIES! And as embarrassing as it is to admit, I was probably eating them 3+ times a week. I went cold turkey at the beginning of the month & thus far, I haven't eaten a single French fry. Not even when The Hubs ordered a big basket of them at lunch last week. Not even when we went to dinner with friends and the waitress handed me a plate with fries nestled next to my sandwich even though I asked for a substitution. Needless to say, I'm pretty proud of myself.
However...what I've saved in calories & fat grams from French fries, I've made up in this tasty, delicious Bailey's Buttercream Icing. I've made it twice in the last 4 weeks. I might be addicted. It's so easy to make and goes perfectly with simple chocolate cake.
If you're in need of an easy & yummy dessert, I highly recommend this one.
BAILEY'S BUTTERCREAM ICING
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 6 Tbsp Bailey's (or other Irish Cream Liqueur)
- 2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Slowly add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until combined. Pour in the Bailey's and beat slowly until combined. Increase the speed to high & beat for 1 minute. Add whipping cream and beat again for 1-2 minutes until light & fluffy. If the icing is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar. If it is too stiff, add a splash of Bailey's.
Spread icing onto a prepared chocolate cake or pipe onto cupcakes (or just eat it straight out of the bowl).
* I've also made this same recipe using Kahlua. It's delicious, as well.
* I have a confession. When I make a plain chocolate cake, I use a box mix. Why reinvent the wheel, right?
* I'm not great at icing cakes. I can never get the icing to smooth out just right. My solution? Cover up the imperfections with toppings (like sliced, toasted almonds) or pipe frosting along the edges.
* If you're looking for me on February 1st, I'll be a Chick-fil-A stuffing my face with waffle fries.