And now for something completely different:
I had a quite good chocolate buttercream recipe from here, but I tweaked it a bit today and really like the results, so I want to document them before I forget them.
2 sticks margarine (or butter I suppose)
5 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
about 6 tablespoons of milk, maybe a little more (I was just pouring from the carton and guessing)
2 teaspoons (or capfuls) vanilla
I softened the margarine and added 3 cups of powdered sugar and then beat it a bunch. Added the cocoa powder and then the milk to see what consistency it was before finishing the rest of the powdered sugar. The original recipe was too stiff and too chocolatey and too sweet and this one is just right for my tastes and came out the closest to the kind I buy I've ever gotten. Fluffy. I beat it on a fairly high speed for quite a while.
Okay, that's all. Back to the regularly scheduled fluff. Oh hey, fluff - now the frosting fits perfectly with the rest of my blog. Yay!