My favorite buttercream recipe and a Kerrygold Giveaway (Closed)
Note: Be sure to enter in the other giveaways going on for the one year blogiversary celebration going on throughout the month of December! Also, please vote for my comfort foods recipe at Good Life Eats, I’m #5. I won! Thanks!
With 492 entries, this giveaway is the biggest giveaway ever on the little kitchen! Congratulations to Amber of Bluebonnets and Brownies. She is such a sweet twitter friend, I was so excited when she won! She was excited too! I can’t wait to see what you cook up with Kerrygold, Amber!
I love twitter. The day after I started this blog, I joined twitter. What I have found is an amazing bunch of tweeps who have been highly supportive of my blogs. There is a huge community of food bloggers out there and I feel very lucky to be a part of. One tweep, who has been a huge supporter of mine and helped make this giveaway possible is Sandy. Thanks, Sandy!
I recently won a year’s supply of Kerrygold cheese and butter. Yes, I said year’s supply. It was the #BHF10PP twitter party, put on by thepeche. I couldn’t believe it when I won! Every month, for 12 months, I will receive a box of goodies from Kerrygold.
I need to tell you about my first time cooking with Kerrygold unsalted butter. I have made dishes with their garlic herb butter and have always liked it but I had no idea what Kerrygold butter could do for so many other of my dishes. I recently made our favorite fettuccine alfredo with Kerrygold butter. It makes a huge difference. Using Kerrygold butter took my alfredo to another level. I can’t get over it. Other food bloggers I follow on twitter agree with me, Kerrygold butter is amazing! And their cheese is too. I am in serious heaven…I’m already getting sad thinking about 10 months from now when these amazing shipments will stop. I need to ask them if they have a cheese of the month club. I’m getting spoiled. If you haven’t tried Kerrygold yet, you’ll be like me, you won’t believe what you have been missing. I mean it.
One of things I wanted to try to make with the Kerrygold butter I received is my favorite buttercream recipe. It’s called buttercream dream and it’s one of the first things I blogged about, I even promised to share the recipe one day, so it’s only fitting that I share it during my one year blogiversary celebration.
I do have to mention, I love that Kerrygold is a supporter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, an organization that I volunteer with and donate money to because I believe in the cause and because my grandmother is a breast cancer survivor.
First things first when making buttercream, you need one of these (pictured below).
Verdict so far, buttercream made with Kerrygold butters is awesome!
The thing you need to know about making any buttercream with butter is you will not be able to get a pure white icing. If you’re trying to do a white wedding cake, you’re going to need to do a straight shortening recipe. But for every day and any other occasion, I prefer buttercreams with butter. Butter is part of the word buttercream, isn’t it? It’s safe to say that I heart butter.
I also like to refrigerate this buttercream recipe for a few hours before I frost a cake or cupcakes with it. The consistency just seems nicer after it’s been refrigerated. This recipe will last fine in your fridge for a few weeks covered tightly.Before you’re ready to frost, I would put the buttercream on the counter for an hour or two. When frosting cakes, you might need to thin it a little and I use water to thin it out more. This batch that I made is going to be used for a cake or cupcakes (I haven’t decided yet) for Christmas Eve dinner next week. I can’t wait!
1 stick or 1/2 stick of Kerrygold unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 stick or 1/2 stick of Kerrygold salted butter, at room temperature
1 cup shortening
2 lb bag of powdered sugar
3 Tbsp of clear vanilla extract
5-6 Tbsp of 2% milk (cold)
- In a stand mixer, add butters and shortening and cream together at medium speed. Add clear vanilla and mix well.
- Add powdered sugar in batches, in halves or thirds and mix well at low speeds. Be sure to cover the mixer with a clean towel to ensure the powdered sugar does not go everywhere. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula.
- Add milk while mixer is still on (start at a low speed), one Tbsp at a time until you reach desired thickness. In between adding, you will need to scrape down the sides. Once you have the milk mixed in, mix at medium speed for 5-6 minutes. For thinner icing, use more milk. For thicker icing, use less milk.
Slightly modified from CakeCentral.com
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And now for the giveaway…
The Prize: A Kerrygold prize pack filled with cheese and butter, retail value $150. (In the prize pack will be: 2 wedges Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese, 2 wedges Kerrygold Swiss Cheese, 2 wedges Kerrygold Blarney Castle Cheese, 2 wedges Kerrygold Aged Cheddar, 2 wedges Kerrygold Reserve Cheddar, 2 wedges Kerrygold Red Leicester, 2 packs Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter, 2 packs Kerrygold Unsalted Butter and 2 packs of Kerrygold Garlic and Herb Butter.) You will also receive a copy of The Country Cooking of Ireland by Colman Andrews, this book’s retail value is $50. Total value for this prize $200!
Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment and tell me about your favorite Kerrygold product. If you have never tried Kerrygold before, visit their website and tell me about a product you would like to try. (1 entry)
The mandatory entry must be done otherwise the bonus entries will not count.
Bonus Entries (leave a separate comment for each entry, if the entry is worth 2, leave two comments such as follow TLK on fb #1, follow TLK on fb #2, etc. If you’re already a fan or follower, just say so in your comment):
- ‘Like’ Kerrygold on facebook and leave your name in your comment. You can leave first name & last initial. (2 entries)
- Follow Kerrygold on twitter and leave your twitter handle in the entry. (1 entry)
- ‘Like’ the little kitchen on facebook and leave your name in your comment. You can leave first name and last initial if you don’t want to leave your full name. (4 entries)
- Subscribe to this blog via email. If email, be sure to fill in the email address you’re subscribing with and to confirm the subscription. (3 entries)
- Follow me on twitter. Leave your twitter handle in the entry. (1 entry)
- Tweet this giveaway, using the retweet link at the top of this post or tweet the phrase below. Be sure to come back here and leave a link to your tweet. You can tweet once per day. (2 entries)
‘I just entered in a Kerrygold cheese & butter #Giveaway from @thelittlekitchn & @KerrygoldUSA http://bit.ly/dKjDBo’
- Vote for my recipe in the Good Life Eats and My Baking Addiction Recipe Exchange here. I’m #5 and voting starts Dec. 17th at 12:00AM and ends on Dec. 19. Voting is only allowed once per IP address. This entry type will only be valid between Dec. 17-19. Thank you for your votes! (2 entries)
All entries will be checked and verified. You must enter a valid email address (so I have a way of contacting you), otherwise you forfeit the prize and another winner will be chosen. You have until 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 to enter. A random winner will be chosen via ‘And the winner is’ plugin.
Disclosure: I was provided with some Kerrygold product and the same cookbook being given away. Thank you to Kerrygold for providing the giveaway items. I received no monetary compensation and the views and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Some links in this post may be affiliate links.
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