Last night we were having some family over for dinner. Nothing fancy, just chili dogs and veggies. After the timer went off and it was time to leave the park Olivia asked if she could make Carson, her cousin, a cake. I obliged because cake is delicious and I had been wanting to try this recipe for chocolate frosting from Bee and Babes (an amazing instagram follow with inspiring pictures and lovely littles).
Bee and Babes Chocolate Icing
- 2-3 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup sugar0
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 bag chocolate chips (I used dark) + added more to thicken a little
Melt the butter over medium heat, don’t burn and add in the other ingredients in the order of milk, sugar, vanilla and chocolate chips. I stirred for 7-10 minutes and removed from heat. I was in a rush so I poured into a bowl over ice and refrigerated for 15 minutes. Then, poured over the cake, easy peasy and it frosted itself. We were in a rush so I didn’t let it fully harden – but it was even more delicious when it sat overnight so prepare ahead of time. You can check out her recipe, here.
It was the easiest recipe and now, my go-to for all things chocolate. It’s rich, delicious and easy.
And, delicious it was – until it was ruined by stranger danger.
Olivia: Can she have some cake?
Me: She has to ask her Mom
… a few minutes later she comes back with the cake and passes me the plate angrily
Olivia: Her mom said it was poison. That’s gross. This cake is gross.
she goes to toss the cake in the trash and I stop her.
Me: It’s not poison. It’s delicious. We made it together and I am keeping it for dessert for Violet and I.*
This conversation was the funniest part of our morning. It’s funny to see the different levels and teaching methods of stranger danger. Stranger Danger is a good thing. We teach Olivia that if she is lost she should ‘find a mom’. We teach her that she shouldn’t go with strangers and that she should scream really loud if she is approached. She knows the boundaries when she is playing in our neighborhood. We teach her to trust her instincts. We don’t teach her that the neighbors serve poison cake.
*this was the most hilarious point of our morning. I laughed so hard when Olivia came inside to toss the cake in the garbage. The ‘literal’ taking of messages is one of my favorite parts of childhood.