Vanilla, of Course!

I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to discover that I am not the *only* person who favors the flavor vanilla over chocolate! Lisanne, I have found out, loves vanilla, too! It just seems like so many people call themselves chocoholics, and I never quite understood what all the draw was to that “brown” flavor!
When Lisanne told me that she really enjoys a white cake with white frosting, I giggled, as I *always* am excited about my birthday, because I know what is coming down the pike….white cake with….you guessed it! White frosting! I made a cake a couple of weeks ago, but it was not “plain” white cake. Somewhere along the line, I saw a recipe for a “poke cake” that you use a fork to make holes in the cake and then drizzle jello over the top. I only had lime flavor jello, so it was kind of ho-hum. But, the frosting was a hit!
This “icing” recipe is one that my mom has used since before I was a teenager! It isn’t so sugary it makes you want to gag, but it is a recipe that can be used for very special occasions!
French Creme Icing
1 cup milk
4 Tablespoons flour
Mix milk and flour well, then boil until thick. (My mom always used a Tupperware “shaker” to blend the milk and flour together. If these two ingredients are not well blended, the frosting will be a bit “lumpy”…like gravy! I would love to use an immersion blender for this, but mine is used for…..soap….)
Set this aside to completely cool.
Cream and beat well:
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
Add the cooled milk and flour mixture, then 1 teaspoon vanilla (or twice as much if you are me!)
and beat until the mix is the consistency of whipped cream.
If you try this recipe, let me know how you like it!

2 Responses

  1. I would rather have white cake with white frosting and save the chocolate for candy. Of course there is something about a white poke cake, raspberry jello and chocolate coolwhip for frosting with some dark chocolate shaved on top and with a few fresh rapberries on the side *drool* Oops sorry for drooling in your comments *giggle* You can order a plain cake from most any store bakery and make it a poke cake while camping!! Saves turning on the oven in the camper and makes you one cool camp-person!

  2. That frosting recipe is the same one my Grandma used on her Red Velvet cake. Delicious! And, I just made a poke cake last weekend. I used an orange cake mix (Duncan Hines) and orange jello…and just simple Dream Whip for the frosting.

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