I am glad I stumbled upon this recipe. I needed a simple frosting recipe for chocolate cupcakes. I figured that since this is actualy for cakes I cut the ingredients in half as I only made 16 cupcakes. I read the comments before I decided on this and was worried that the heavy cream won't get stiff. I had to watched a youtube video to actually understand the consistency of a whipped heavy cream. I am very new to baking and it was my first time to make cupcakes. Here's what I did: I put my mixing bowl, the mixer attachments and the box of heavy cream in the freezer before I started making cupcakes. While my cupcakes are cooling off in the rack, I set up my stand mixer(btw, my mixer is not kitchen aid) and poured 8 0z of the heavy cream in the bowl and added 1 tsp of cream of tartar. I started it at low speed (about 10 seconds) as my heavy cream was a bit chunky and then high speed. While the heavy cream is whipping , I mix 4oz of cream cheese, 1/4cup of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and the zest of 1 orange in a separate bowl and set it aside. After about 6-7 minutes of the heavy cream whipping, the heavy cream became thicker and so I started slowly adding the cream cheese mixture in 1/3 parts. I turned the mixer off once the cream cheese mixture is mixed well to the stiff heavy cream. This recipe turned out really well with the cupcakes and was just the right amount I needed. I got lots of compliments for it.
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I am glad I stumbled upon this recipe. I needed a simple frosting recipe for chocolate...