by Courtney Dial Whitmore, Courtney Whitmore


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ISBN-13: 9781423631958
Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Courtney Dial Witmore's expertise has been seen in, Pawsh Magazine, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, AOL's DIY Life, Get Married Magazine,, and more. In addition to designing everything from children's birthday celebrations to chic dinner parties, she is also a writer for several online food and lifestyle publications including SHE KNOWS, Hostess With the Mostess, and Tablespoon. She runs the popular website and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Courtney Whitmore is a well-known stylist and blogger in the field of party design and entertaining. Her expertise has been seen in, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, AOL's DIY Life, Get Married Magazine,, and more. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Rich Chocolate

1 cup unsalted butter

4 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup dark cocoa powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons heavy cream or milk

10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped (70 percent cocoa or higher)

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter for 2 minutes on medium speed. Adjust speed to low and add powdered sugar to butter 1 cup at a time until well incorporated. Add salt, vanilla extract, and heavy cream or milk. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or carefully in a microwave. Pour melted chocolate into frosting. Beat on medium for 3 minutes. Add additional powdered sugar or milk/cream until desired consistency is reached. For firmer frosting, add more powdered sugar (1/4 cup at a time). For looser frosting, add more milk or cream
(1 tablespoon at a time).

Tip: Prefer milk or dark chocolate? Trade out bittersweet for the chocolate of your choosing!

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Tips & Techniques 5

Frostings 9

American Buttercream 10

French Buttercream 13

Swiss Meringue Buttercream 15

Italian Meringue Buttercream 16

Cooked Flour 19

Whipped Grocery 20

Rich Chocolate 22

Cream Cheese 25

Salted Caramel 26

Pumpkin Spice 29

Gingerbread Cinnamon 30

Simply Almond 33

Bananas Foster 35

Strawberry Supreme 36

Browned Butter 39

Peanut Butter Cup Lover’s 40

Kahlua 42

Chai Vanilla Bean 45

Toffee Sundae 46

Cookies ’n’ Cream 49

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 51

Key Lime Pie 52

Mint Chocolate Chip 55

Champagne Buttercream 56

S’mores 59

Spiced Cookie 60

Ganaches 63

Milk Chocolate 64

Dark Chocolate 67

White Chocolate 68

Mocha Hazelnut 70

Cherry Rum 73

Chocolate Coconut 74

Glazes 77

Petit Four 79

Rich Chocolate 81

Vanilla Crème 82

Vanilla Bean 85

Zesty Lemon 86

Peanut Butter 89

Blueberry 90

Pupcake Frosting 93

Resources 95

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