We have teamed up with Vermont Creamery to share a customizable system for fluffy, tangy-sweet frosting utilizing their lineup of award-winning Goat Cheese Log flavors. When blended with powdered sugar and a pinch of salt, these clean, fresh-tasting goat cheeses develop into your dessert’s final plus-one—excellent for frosting muffins of every kind.
By now it’s no secret that goat cheese is a lot greater than only a charcuterie board staple; it really works wonders in savory dishes and even baked items, like these salty-sweet snacking cookies and this flaky pastry for berry galettes. However I’ll admit that goat cheese frosting, an thought I first got here throughout in Emma Laperruque’s Large Little Recipes cookbook, took me unexpectedly—after I tried it myself, I noticed I had undoubtedly been lacking out. Goat cheese frosting’s tangy, distinct taste provides a pizzaz and oomph that buttercream and cream cheese frosting lack. Plus, its clean, creamy texture is ideal for spreading on cake.
The frosting works finest while you use a top quality goat cheese, like those from Vermont Creamery, that are delicate and milky-rich with simply the correct amount of tang. The largest recreation changer, although, is that this frosting’s riff-ability—because of Vermont Creamery’s line of distinctive goat cheese logs. That implies that with one base recipe, you will have entry to a complete roster of thrilling frosting flavors (strawberry goat cheese frosting, anybody?).
The system for this frosting is so simple as it will get. Simply make certain that the goat cheese is at room temperature and that you just sift any clumps of powdered sugar earlier than whipping for the smoothest outcomes. Right here’s easy methods to make it:
*Word: If making frosting with unflavored goat cheese, enhance the powdered sugar to 2 cups (227 grams).
From this level, you may make small tweaks as wanted: If the frosting is simply too thick, add ½ teaspoon entire milk at a time till you attain your required consistency; if the frosting isn’t agency sufficient, stick it within the fridge for 15 to twenty minutes earlier than utilizing (you possibly can even skinny out the frosting with milk to make a goat cheese glaze). The recipe will yield about 1 cup of frosting—sufficient to evenly frost the highest of a 9- by 5-inch loaf cake, an 8- by 8-inch snacking cake, or an 8-inch spherical cake. For those who’re working with a 9- by 13-inch cake (or if you happen to favor to have extra frosting available), double the recipe.
The most effective half about this frosting system is that it really works not solely with basic goat cheese, but in addition with flavored goat cheese logs, as nicely. Vermont Creamery has lots to select from, like their Wild Blueberry, Lemon, and Thyme and (my private favourite) the brand new Strawberry Spritz, a creamy, evenly candy goat cheese studded with strawberry chunks. Merely comply with the recipe above utilizing a 4-ounce log within the taste of your selection and—voilà—you will have goat cheese frosting with built-in taste that can be utilized on an array of muffins. (For an much more pronounced taste and crowd pleasing coloration, you possibly can whip in recent components which can be featured on the label, like blueberries for an extra-blue, extra-pretty frosting.) Talking of cake, the mix-and-match potentialities are limitless, however these pairing concepts are positive to get you began.
Pound Cake + Cranberry-Orange Goat Cheese Frosting
The yogurt on this moist pound cake superbly enhances the tang of the goat cheese within the frosting, whereas the cake’s maple undertones go hand-in-hand with the zesty, spiced notes of cranberry, orange, and cinnamon. Each homey and festive, this cake-and-frosting pairing is the perfect of each worlds.
Herbed Ricotta Cake + Lemony Blueberry Goat Cheese Frosting
Substitute thyme for rosemary (and omit the figs) on this pleasant ricotta cake and also you’ll make good use of this blueberry, lemon, and thyme-flavored frosting that’s excellent for spring. Thyme sugar and a splash of lemon zest within the cake echo the goat cheese with out veering into sensory overload, and a handful of recent blueberries sprinkled on high rounds out the dessert.
Pistachio Cake + Honey Goat Cheese Frosting
Goat cheese and honey is at all times a successful combo, making this frosting extraordinarily versatile—although its candy, tangy simplicity pairs particularly nicely with muffins which have a extra advanced taste profile. Working example: this moist, fragrant cake that includes pistachios, Meyer lemon, floor cardamom, and a splash of rose water.
Chocolate Cake + Strawberry Goat Cheese Frosting
Whether or not it’s a special day or not, this ultra-chocolaty cake with strawberry-spiked goat cheese frosting provides you with cause to rejoice. The wealthy, decadent cake contains a double-dose of chocolate, making it the perfect complement to the fruity, sweet-tart frosting (suppose: chocolate-covered strawberries, however even higher). To take it excessive, garnish slices of the frosted cake with recent strawberries or a bathe of colourful sprinkles.
So as to add your personal aptitude to goat cheese frosting, make the recipe utilizing basic goat cheese and whip in spices, zests, or extracts of your selection—simply remember to start with a small quantity of flavoring and add extra to style. Finely grated lime zest (pair with Pineapple-Coconut Cake), espresso powder (excellent for Banana Cake), and chocolate malted milk powder (strive it with Double-Vanilla Butter Cake) are only some choices to get the ball rolling.
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Our mates at Vermont Creamery know a factor or two about producing the easiest goat cheese. They have been making it since 1984, when a particular dinner that includes Vermont-made merchandise introduced collectively cheese-maker Allison Hooper and Bob Reese, who was working for the Vermont Division of Agriculture. All of Vermont Creamery’s goat cheese merchandise—from their creamy Basic Goat Cheese to the brand-new Strawberry Spritz Goat Cheese Log—start with recent goat’s milk cheese, distinguished by its shiny style, delicate taste, and clean texture. Able to top off? Discover your nearest retailer, proper this fashion.