White Chocolate Icing

Despite it sounding like it will be too sweet, this white chocolate icing is anything but. It was the perfect topping for the poppy seed cake. Everyone who tasted this cake noted how the icing was what made it. I really agree, and might try this again when I bake something that needs frosting.

White Chocolate Icing
White Chocolate Icing
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It was probably a year ago that I first thought about changing my blogging schedule. But nothing came of it, and I stuck with my Monday, Wednesday and Friday postings as I have done for years. I have been blogging consistently since 2009, and have been on WordPress since April 2010. After 13 years, I have lost my joy. I didn’t realize that until I heard Julie Goodwin say that on MasterChef Australia. There is a lot of recipe testing going on in my kitchen, but not a lot of development. And even everyday cooking has become a chore. The musings for my blog posts have some days felt like pulling hens teeth which is really not like me at all. And then I went against my own better judgement and entered a competition. Once again I was led down the proverbial garden path by the PR Agent.

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She called me to encourage me to enter, and when I told her why I did not want to, she made all sorts of assurances. This blog is my hobby, not my career. And being pitted against trained chefs and professional photographers does not make for a level playing field. She told me that I had nothing to be concerned about and so I entered. But then the rug was pulled out from me when I saw who the other entrants were. All of them are professionals, earning money from creating recipes and photographing them. One blogger even has an editor! It was the last straw that has made me to decide to pare back. I need to find my bliss so that being in the kitchen is a pleasure, and not a chore.

Poppy Seed Cake With White Chocolate Icing

 

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White Chocolate Icing

The crème fraîche base of this icing ensures it is not too sweet
Recipe Category: Baking
Makes enough for: 1 cake
All Rights Reserved: Adapted from My Station Street Kitchen page 163

Ingredients

  • 100 g crème fraîche
  • 25 g soft butter
  • 32 g icing sugar, sifted
  • 2.5 mls vanilla extract
  • 100 g white chocolate, melted and left to cool slightly

Method

  • Place the crème fraîche and butter into a mixing bowl and cream together with an electric beater
  • Add the icing sugar and vanilla and whisk to combine
  • Continue whisking while you slowly add the white chocolate
  • Continue whisking until thickened *
  • Use as needed to ice your cake

Notes

* at this stage my icing split but I did not let that bother me, as it was all about the taste
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10 thoughts on “White Chocolate Icing

  1. This icing looks delicious Tandy. I think we all go through how you are feeling at times. I keep reminding myself why I started blogging in the first place, which was just to have an indexed repository for my recipes which is easy to find when necessary. However I have met some great people online including yourself, and I enjoy writing and still enjoy cooking. However no pressure.I have always thought you are such a high achiever, to work, blog and do what you do.Take care of yourself.

  2. Having a schedule suits some people, so I guess you know what you need. But I just write about whatever I’m thinking about or whatever I’m doing at the time, with a few participatory posts for blog events at other blogs. One thing I like about the group of bloggers that I read: everyone has a personal way of choosing topics and photos and events.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  3. HI Tandy, I understand this completely. It is why I’ve stepped back from novel writing this year. I like writing short stories and children’s books but writing an adult novel is a chore and very hard work. I decided to go back to the fun.

  4. Tandy- the icing sounds wonderful to me but I’m really intrigued with that poppy seed cake- I’ve never seen anything like it and it looks delicious.

  5. oh my tandy, this icing sounds sooo good. Hubby loves white chocolate so i must use it on a cake for him soon. Sorry to hear about your blogging ennui. I get it too sometimes. But i’ve been cooking a lot lately and enjoying it. Great idea to scale back and do what you want to with the blog. I have a vague-ish sort of plan for mine each month but i don’t always adhere to it!

    1. I find that if I have a schedule then I know what to work towards. Hope hubby enjoys the icing as much as we did 🙂

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