When my kids visit their out of town friends there is a favourite restaurant that they love to go to. It is family owned , the owner/chef a master of his trade. The menu is comprised of dishes using only organic, fresh, from scratch, healthy ingredients, focusing on an impressive presentation of plate.
In my daughter's last description of the food they ate - that apparently words could not do justice to - she mentioned the dessert cake that was iced with mashed potato frosting !
Their friend was so disgusted by the incongruence of mashed potatoes and cake on the same forkful, that he refused to even taste it! My daughter said it was delicious !
My curiosity got the better of me ... and short of taking a trip specifically to visit this restaurant , I decided to try it myself.
After a couple of trial and .... of course , errors ! here is what I ended up with !
I can't promise it is exactly healthy but it has to be healthier than regular frosting, right ? ... and as they say .. 'every little bit counts' !
Mashed Potato Frosting
- 1/2 cup mashed potatoes (do not use left over mashed potatoes)
- 1/4 cup softened butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 rounded tbsp. cocoa powder
- 2 cups icing sugar
- Take one medium potato, and cook it in the microwave for 4 minutes. (I know microwaves vary in cooking times, so cook the potato until it is cooked all the way through but before the skin wrinkles)
- Cut the potato into pieces and if not completely soft, put back (covered) into microwave for another minute or so. Mash potatoes with fork. ( I first tried using left over mashed potatoes with the milk and butter - but then I found it was too thin to make the icing)
- Place the fork-mashed potatoes into a mixer bowl with the softened butter, extract and cocoa powder. Mix until smooth.
- Add the icing sugar one cup at a time, then 1/2 cup at a time and beat until frosting is light and smooth and of spreading consistency . If necessary add a little more icing sugar .
- Use immediately or freeze until needed.