I had never heard of such a thing, other than the frostings some grocery stores call whipped cream. But, I am always happy to try a new frosting! She searched for the recipe of the exact thing she was talking about. I had certainly never made a cooked frosting like this! I had melted chocolate for frostings before and made Marlene's Fudge Frosting, but never something quite like this.
I instantly fell in love. This frosting is not too sweet, it is just right. The flavor is subtle, a lot like whipped cream! However it does have better holding time and you don't have to worry about mixing it too long and turning into butter... it is already butter!
The key is getting the flour and milk paste correct. It will still taste good even if it isn't perfect, but if you don't cook it long enough the frosting will be loose. If you don't stir it well enough, you could get small lumps. If you scorch it, well then you better start over! It really isn't that hard. Just don't be afraid to let it thicken and be sure to stand there stirring it while it happens.
The first time I made this for my family everyone loved it. I made a couple of brownies, covered them in whipped cream frosting and topped them in berries. Everyone was asking for the recipe. Since then I have used the basic a idea for a number of other recipes. I love the final texture it gets. I have never tried piping it, I am not sure it would work for fine details. However, if made properly you could certainly frost a layer cake with it with no problem!
Whipped Cream Frosting
5 T flour
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter, softened (must be real butter)
1 tsp vanilla extract
- This first step is the most crucial part to this frosting turning out. In a saucepan, whisk together cold milk and flour. Make sure there are no lumps, then turn on the burner to medium heat. Continue to whisk and cook until the mixture thickens to a paste consistency. You want it to be pretty thick. It will be tempting to walk away and so something else, but don't. Once it starts to thicken it will go really quickly and it is important you don't get lumps. Set thickened paste aside to cool.
- Once paste is room temperature, add butter, sugar (yes, you really use granulated) and vanilla to mixer bowl. Turn on low and stir until incorporated. Add flour/milk paste and whip on high for about 10 minutes. You want to make sure the sugar has a chance to completely dissolve and the icing gets nice and fluffy.
- Spread on cakes, cupcakes, cookies or whatever scrumptious treat you are making!
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