One of my goals in life is to make delicious snacks and desserts that also happen to be good for you. Isn’t that a great goal?
I am a chocolate FIEND. I mean, I LOVE me some chocolate. And isn’t it true that every time you eat dessert you want JUST. A. LITTLE. MORE..?? Well, why not when it’s made from nourishing whole foods?!
These chocolate buttercream buttons are a great way to consume healthy fats, as well get all the superfood antioxidant powers of raw cacao.
Now, if you’re anything like me, you like the frosting better than the cake. I like the corner pieces, if you know what I’m saying. ;) And sometimes there are days when I JUST want the frosting. So why not?
This recipe can be used to frost a cake, or you turn extra frosting into butter buttons which can be refrigerated or frozen for later. It’s a win-win!
Chocolate Buttercream Drops
1 lb. of softened butter, preferably pastured
3 TBSP high vitamin grass fed organic ghee
1/2 cup cocoa butter
1/2 cup to 1 cup of cacao powder
1/4 cup (or more, to taste) of raw honey or maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (If you can find bourbon vanilla, I highly recommend it!)
Pinch of himalayan pink salt
Bring butter to room temperature, so it is nice and soft. Separately, in a small pan, melt the cocoa butter, and whisk in the raw cacao powder, to your liking. I prefer a very rich, dark chocolate flavor, so I add closer to a cup of cacao, but yo8u could add less if you want more of a milk chocolate flavor.
In a large mixing blow, whip the softened butter, and add in the ghee, maple syrup or honey, and vanilla extract. Whip to combine.
Then, slowly drizzle the melted cocoa butter and raw cacao mixture into the butter. Whip together until it forms soft swirls.
Now, I like toss the bowl in the freezer for a few minutes to set the butter a little bit more. Then, I whip it again! I like to do this 2 or 3 times, but it’s personal preference. If it’s not sweet enough for you, just add a bit more maple syrup or honey to taste. I also like to toss a dash of salt in there to bring out the flavor.
When you’ve thoroughly whipped the ingredients, you can use it to frost a cooled cake OR squeeze it into chocolate butter drops!
Toss the chocolate drops into the freezer to set, and then store in the freezer or refrigerator for later. These are wonderful as an after dinner snack or dessert! My friend Shaye likes to use them for potty training treats. :)