A creamy chocolate icing recipe adds the final touch to a good homemade cake.You can change most any of the cakes in "My Most Favorite Chocolate Cake Recipes" by changing the icing. You could use a white chocolate icing, milk chocolate, dark chocolate or even the following cinnamon fudge icing; or change to numerous other icing recipes.
Needless to say there is much more to a good chocolate icing recipe (or chocolate frosting recipe) than what meets the eye. This is not to say that I do not love looking at a luscious chocolate frosted cake but there is much more to the frosting. One thing for sure is that the taste of a cake can completely change just by adding icing. For instance try adding a rich chocolate icing recipe to a banana cake; this combination is wonderful. Many combinations like this turn a dull ordinary cake into a masterpiece. Aside from appearance and taste, the frosting will seal the moistness inside the cake preserving the flavor and moistness for a longer period of time.
For a layer cake a chocolate icing recipe can act as the filling to hold the layers together and as the frosting. Simply spread the bottom layer with the mixture and then place a layer on top; repeat the process if making a three layer cake. Then frost the sides and top making swirls or designs in the frosting if desired. There are many delicious recipes to choose from and I am sure you will develop your favorites. There are some that are boiled icing (or boiled frosting) and many which require no cooking. Some are made creamy by adding heavy creams, butter and even delicious cream cheese and others which are simple glazes. Any of these can be used for your cupcake recipes.
Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth. If needed add a little more cream to obtain spreading consistency.
CINNAMON FUDGE ICING
Melt chocolate in a double boiler; add butter and melt. Set aside.
Combine sugar, salt and cinnamon.
In a mixing bowl add the sugar mixture to the chocolate mixture.
Beat mixture, adding milk to get spreading consistency.
MOCHA ICING RECIPE
Dissolve 1 teaspoon instant coffee crystals in 1 tablespoon hot water in a small bowl. Add ¾ cup sifted powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Stir in additional powdered sugar or water to reach desired spreading consistency.
CHOCOLATE BUTTER FROSTING
Sift powdered sugar with cocoa powder.
Cream butter adding sugar and cocoa mixture gradually; blend in salt.
Add hot water a little at a time while beating until at a good spreading consistency.
Add vanilla and beat until fluffy.
BOILED FROSTING RECIPE
Combine sugar and water in saucepan; stir to mix sugar.
Heat gradually to boiling point; boil without stirring until syrup threads when dropped from tip of spoon.
Beat egg whites until frothy; gradually add syrup in whites while continuing to beat.
Continue beating a gradually add melted chocolate.
Add flavorings and continue beating until desired spreading consistency has been reaches.
The following two frosting recipes may be used as is or may be whipped until they are almost double in volume. Both should be used as quickly as they are made; otherwise they will harden and become impossible to spread. If this should happen the basic thin and thick icing can be reheated to liquefy it. If the frostings have been whipped it must be melted over low heat, chilled and then whipped again.
THIN CHOCOLATE ICING RECIPE
Combine chocolate and cream in heavy saucepan over medium heat.
Stirring constantly, cook until chocolate melts and comes to a boil.
Remove from heat and cool slightly before spreading; if whipping chill for 1 hour first.
THICK CHOCOLATE ICING RECIPE
Melt chocolate in top of double boiler over hot water until soft.
Remove from heat and stir in butter; cool slightly before pouring over cake.
To whip chill mixture for 1 hour first then whip until double in volume.