I was so off my game on Valentine's Day what with jury duty that week, and my general lethargy. However! I managed to find all the ingredients in my pantry for some great cupcakes. I added strawberries to the platter to make it more Valentine-y, and Hubby did his usual grilling. It was a feast, people!
I thought I had plenty of powdered sugar for frosting. Um, no. So I improvised. And the result was creamy cheese-y but light and fluffy. Really, I could have swam in that frosting. It would be great on so many things!
So here's what I did:
1 8 oz. brick of cream cheese, softened
1/2 stick butter, softened
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 envelope of Dream Whip
1/2 t. vanilla extract
I used the whisk attachment on my mixer and just threw everything in the bowl. Then I whipped it until it looked just so:
The perfect consistency! I frosted some swiss chocolate cupcakes (another something I found in my pantry), then sprinkled on some red sugar for a little more Valentine-like touch. I was proud of myself for remembering I had that Dream Whip in the pantry. This frosting is really good!
I had enough cupcakes and leftover frosting to enjoy for another dessert in the future. Have you improvised lately when you found you were out of something?