I know I’m banging on about frosting a lot lately, but I’ve been trying different things; I wouldn’t exactly say I am bored with buttercream but it’s nice to discover all the alternatives out there. This one is heavenly – like a softer, creamier ice cream.
On an unrelated note, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Lakeland Christmas preview this week. Wow! And if I can just repeat: wow! I am saving up my pennies already as I saw so many things I will be buying. In the style of the Generation Game conveyor belt memory test bit, here are some of the things I want: speech bubble cookie cutters, topsy turvy cake pans, Christmas pudding plate, bowl and jug, slender rolling pins with Christmas designs on them so that when you roll out the icing it embosses it, cute little ice cream bowls and matching spoons, cheese making equipment, giant biscuit cutters in the shape of Christmas baubles with little cut out panels, Russian doll salt and pepper set...and did I mention the awesome, yet affordable, copper pans? I am going to have to be a very good little girl right up until Christmas for Father Christmas to deem me worthy of all those goodies!
100g unsalted butter, at room temperature
150g plain flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
205ml stout – I used March of the Penguins, but Guinness or Mackeson would also be perfect
50g cocoa powder
100g icing sugar