I hope you all enjoyed a long, relaxing weekend. Three day weekends are so amazing. I love the feeling at the end of Saturday evenings, knowing I have two more days ahead. We had quite a fun weekend. We went out to eat Saturday evening and then went to see X-Men.
Sunday morning we got up early and drove south for brunch, or a feast rather! The two of us ordered a skillet of cinnamon rolls, French toast, blue corn pancakes, a side of potatoes and thick cut bacon. I had a “manmosa” to polish it off. That’s a pint of champagne with a splash of OJ. Before returning home, we did a little birthday shopping. Sunday night I made salmon tacos with pineapple avocado salsa. We spent most of the day Monday lounging around the house and made mini burgers for dinner. I tried my hardest not to work all weekend. I did some baking, a lot of sleeping and lounging around. Oh, I also started watching True Blood, nonstop.
Today we are celebrating my twenty-eight birthday, although I have a hard time admitting that. What better way to celebrate than with Circus Animal Frosting. You guys know how much I adore Circus Animal Cookies. You guys might already know about my Circus Animal Fudge and My Circus Animal Cookie Dough Truffle Bars. I couldn’t really tell you which one is my favorite.
I have a problem. Once I find something I like, I can’t stop baking with it. I want to make ALL THE THINGS. So I can spend an weekend elbow deep in Circus Animal Cookies. It’s a serious problem really.
I have had this frosting on my mind for while. I love mixing my favorite candy and treats into frostings. Plus, the hot pink and sprinkle-coated cookies are just too hard to resist. This frosting is a pretty basic buttercream with the cookies mixed in. I tried adding almond extract, but the flavor was over powering. This frosting is a bit sweet, so I tend to use a bit less than I normally would on top of the cupcakes.
You likely won’t be able to use a piping tip for this frosting due to the chunks of cookies. Therefore, I would suggest to use a cookie scoop or knife so spread the frosting on the cupcakes. I hope you enjoy!
Keep up with all the happenings. Follow Beyond Frosting:
- 1½ C Circus Animal Cookies
- 1 C (2sticks) Unsalted butter, softened
- 4 C Powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp Milk or heavy cream
- 1 tsp Pure vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp Sprinkles
- Place Circus Animal Cookies in a large Ziploc bag. Use a rolling pin to crush cookies into small pieces. Set aside.
- Allow butter to soften for about 30 minutes. Or soften in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.
- Whip butter with a paddle attachment on medium speed until light and fluffy.
- Slowly add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Frosting will become thick. After 2 cups of powdered sugar have been added, add 1 tablespoon of milk. Beat until smooth.
- Add remaining powdered sugar, followed by remaining milk and vanilla extract. Whip until smooth.
- Add crushed animal cookies and beat until incorporated. Add sprinkles last and mix in gently.
- Scoop frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Top with additional sprinkles.
Recipes from my Friends:
Funfetti Millionaire Cake from Life Love and Sugar
Vanilla cake with Strawberry Frosting from Spoonful of Flavor
Funfetti Cheesecake Bars from Mom on Timeout
Other recipes from Beyond Frosting