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The Dollop Book of Frosting Tour & Giveaway

I have a very special guest visiting my messy kitchen today.

Please welcome Heather “Cupcakes” Saffer to the kitchen today. She’ll be guest posting for me today as a stop on her Frosting Gift Guide Blog Tour.

Heather is a lover of frosting, an avid cupcake muncher, the winner of the 2011 Food Network Cupcake Wars, and the author of The Dollop Book of Frosting. Heather’s book is full of extremely creative and delicious frosting recipes, some sweet and some savory. I love every single recipe in her book, but there a few that really stand out: gingersnap stout frosting, maple bacon frosting, strawberry champagne frosting, and brownie batter frosting.

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As soon as I finished thumbing through her book, I wanted to make every single frosting recipe and lick the beaters clean. Heather is here today to share one of her irresistibly creamy frosting recipes on her Frosting Gift Guide Blog Tour.

Take it away, Heather:

Happy Holidays to all you messy bakers! And welcome to my 2013 Holiday Blog Tour!

I’m Heather Saffer and I’m extremely excited to be guesting on Jennie’s blog today! In case you don’t know, I won Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and I also wrote a cookbook that just released–and it’s all about frosting! The Dollop Book of Frosting is full of all kinds of ways to use frosting such as mixed into pies and piled atop pancakes. Pretty crazy but also pretty sweet!

When I first discovered Jennie’s blog I just knew I had to have her be a part of my Holiday Blog Tour. I wasn’t going to take no for an answer! The fact that Jennie calls herself “the messy baker” won me over at first but it was her photos, recipes, and writing that really sealed the deal. This chick is a force of nature!

And the truth is, I’m known to be pretty freakin’ messy in the kitchen too. See evidence below.

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When adding 25 pounds of sugar to a 30 quart mixer, make sure the speed is on low. (You’ll thank me someday.)

Anyhow, today I’m sharing with you a super fun frosting gift idea! Have a frosting lover in your life? Of course you do. So I’m going to show you a really clever and simple way to give him/her a gift of frosting this holiday season by making your own frosting decorating kit!

Frosting Decorating Kit

All you need is a batch of my perfectly fluffy Vanilla Buttercream from The Dollop Book of Frosting, an assortment of your friend’s favorite candies as mix-ins, and a few FDV’s (Frosting Delivery Vehicles).

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Happy Frosting, everyone!

Need more frosting gift ideas? Follow the tour and check out my Gift Guide For Frosting Lovers!

One lucky reader is going to win a copy of Heather’s The Dollop Book of Frosting. Trust me, you want this book.

The giveaway is for one copy of The Dollop Book of Frosting. The giveaway is for U.S. residents only and will run from December 3, 2013 through December 1o, 2013.

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Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
 
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Recipe type: Frosting
Serves: 8 4-ounce jars
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract (I get the best result from J.R. Watkins’ pure vanilla extract)
  • 3 cups 10x powdered sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Mix butter at room temperature in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment until soft, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla and continue mixing, about 1 minute. Slowly add powdered sugar and continue mixing after each incorporation of sugar, until all the sugar is in the bowl. Add salt and continue mixing until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl to ensure all ingredients are fully incorporated and distributed evenly.
  2. Frosting mix-in suggestions: M&M’s, Nerds, Andes Creme de Menthe chips, mini chocolate chips, crushed candy canes, crushed Oreo’s, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, pretzels, toffee bits, Kit Kats, or anything else your heart desires!
  3. FDV suggestions: Unfrosted cupcakes. pretzel sticks, brownies, graham crackers, apple slices, cookie sticks, vanilla wafers, biscotti, mini pies, gingersnaps, cut-out cookies… the sky’s the limit!
  4. Scoop the Vanilla Buttercream into Ball jars, chop up the candies of choice and package in pretty baggies tied with ribbon, add in the FDV’s, and attach a spatula and fun sectioned dish and you have the most creative frosting gift anyone has ever seen!

 

   

36 Responses to “The Dollop Book of Frosting Tour & Giveaway”

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — December 3, 2013 at 8:53 am

    LOL. I’ve totally had powdered sugar flying through my kitchen, but never on me that much. Too cute!!!

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    • Jennie replied December 5th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      I always have flour coating every surface. I’m a mess!

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    Robin @ Simply Southern Baking — December 3, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Would love to win this book!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — December 3, 2013 at 10:53 am

    How cool!!!

    My fave frosting flavor would haaave to be…peanut butter!

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    Shelly — December 3, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I love peanut butter frosting!

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    Leah M — December 3, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I love cinnamon frosting…especially this time of year!

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    Sandy Headtke — December 3, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Coconut pecan

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — December 3, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Peanut butter!

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    Zainab @ Blahnik Baker — December 3, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Vanilla bean SMB

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    Heather B — December 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Mocha Buttercream. Yummy!

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    Jeffrey — December 3, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    My favorite is vanilla buttercream with dark chocolate a very close second!

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    Janet T — December 3, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    My favorite frosting is marshmallow creme.

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    Cherry — December 3, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    nutella, matcha and any type of chocolate frosting are my favourite

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    Jenny — December 3, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Mocha!

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    LauriM — December 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I love Oreo cream cheese frosting.

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    Alison H — December 3, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    my favourite its cream cheese icing

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    Tina Williams — December 3, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Cinnamon frosting would be great this time of year.

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    Pauline Happel — December 3, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Looks like a great book!

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    Tina B. — December 3, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Peanut Butter!

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    Laura B — December 3, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    I’m a big fan of cream cheese frosting! And I love that most of these recipes are naturally gluten free!

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    Liz — December 3, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    I adore cream cheese frosting!

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    Gigi — December 3, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Chocolate buttercream

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    Rachel — December 3, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Anything with peanut butter! :)

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    Elin — December 3, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Cream cheese!

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    Debbie Bray — December 4, 2013 at 12:55 am

    chocolate buttercream

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    Allison Rogers Furbish — December 4, 2013 at 1:02 am

    My favorite frosting is just plain old American buttercream!

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    Jodi Barnes — December 4, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Would LOVE to win this book!!!

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    • Jodi Barnes replied December 4th, 2013 at 1:13 am

      Forgot – favorite frosting is now hot chocolate frosting!

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    Marlys @Thisand That — December 4, 2013 at 3:40 am

    Love cream cheese frosting

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    Fran — December 4, 2013 at 4:49 am

    Chocolate always

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    ela@GrayApron — December 4, 2013 at 8:59 am

    What a beautiful post! I’m not very good making frostings, so thanks for all the inspirations :) ela

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    • Jennie replied December 5th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks, Ela! If you win this book, you’ll become a frosting expert.

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    Holly — December 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Salted Caramel Icing. Yum. And, yes, I’d LOVE this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Stacey — December 5, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Peanut butter frosting.

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — December 5, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Chocolate frosting is definitely my favorite :)

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    Vanessa — December 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    German buttercream, I wish I knew how to make it!

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