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Nomnomnom! 4 Flavourful Cake Frosting Recipes That You Cannot Miss!

Nomnomnom! 4 Flavourful Cake Frosting Recipes That You Cannot Miss!

Frosting can make or break a cake. No matter how great your cake tastes, it has to have the right icing to be, well, the icing on the cake! While it may seem like an unnecessary extra step given how many store-bought frostings are now available, homemade frosting is infinitely better tasting and very easy to make! These four frosting recipes are easy, versatile, and sure to please any baker. Just be sure to whip up a little extra, because you’re going to want a taste!

1. Buttercream frosting

Buttercream frosting is a staple for most bakers and cake aficionados, due to its versatility. This icing can be easily paired with many different flavors of cake, including chocolate, spice, and vanilla.

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    Buttercream is also extremely easy to make, as it uses only four ingredients, which you probably already have in your home. Because buttercream frosting is white, it’s easy to add dye and make it into any color you like! This is a great option for themed cakes for parties or events, and can be a great tool for people looking to dip their toes into the world of cake decorating. Buttercream is also a perfect option for cupcakes, due to its light and fluffy texture. You can find detailed instructions and ingredients here.

    2. Whipped cream frosting

    Whipped cream icing is light and airy, and delivers all the great taste of whipped topping with the stability and density of cake frosting. And since it is homemade, you won’t have to deal with any of the chemicals or unnatural ingredients that so often come with store-bought whipped toppings.

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      Thanks to its airiness, this frosting is not as sweet as many other frostings, meaning it is a great option for people who have less of a sweet tooth but still want to whip up a great dessert. It can also help balance out the sweetness in the cake itself, if you have made something especially rich or intensely flavored. This recipe only calls for a handful of ingredients, all of which can be found easily at the supermarket, and also includes a chocolate variety for those who want a little extra cocoa flavor in their frosting. You can find both recipes here.

      3. Marshmallow frosting

      Imagine the delicious, gooey taste of marshmallows in a giant bowl — that’s marshmallow frosting. This icing is thick, producing clouds of billowy white frosting.

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        Due to its density, marshmallow frosting is especially great for topping cupcakes and using in layer cakes, because it holds its shape very well. With only five easy-to-find ingredients and a mere seven steps, this frosting is perfect for whipping up quickly while your cakes cool. Marshmallow frosting is also very glossy when its done, meaning it is a perfect topping to show off a little bit! Additionally, more adventurous bakers can use a kitchen torch to slightly brown the marshmallow frosting, giving it a nice, toasted s’mores taste. Please find the full recipe here.

        4. Chocolate cream cheese frosting

        When it comes to decadent frostings, nothing beats chocolate cream cheese icing. It is rich, dense, and fudgy enough for even the most avid chocoholics.

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          Best of all, this recipe only has two steps: blend the ingredients together and chill the frosting for 30 minutes. It doesn’t get much easier than that! Once the frosting is chilling in the refrigerator, you can prepare your cakes and have everything ready in a very short time. With ingredients like whole milk and a whopping 3 cups of confectioner’s sugar, you can be sure that this delicious frosting will be a hit on any cake you make. This frosting complements vanilla and chocolate cakes best. Find the full recipe and details here.

          Featured photo credit: IrishMomLuvs2Bake via flickr.com

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          Last Updated on March 13, 2019

          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

          1. Work on the small tasks.

          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

          2. Take a break from your work desk.

          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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          3. Upgrade yourself

          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

          4. Talk to a friend.

          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

          7. Read a book (or blog).

          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

          8. Have a quick nap.

          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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          9. Remember why you are doing this.

          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

          10. Find some competition.

          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

          11. Go exercise.

          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

          12. Take a good break.

          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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