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Five Spice Powder Frosting Recipe

What are the Five Spices in Five Spice Powder?

My first question when considering a five spice frosting recipe was, “What are the five spices in five spice powder?”
The five spices in the Frontier Seasoning Blends five spice powder are:
  • Cinnamon
  • Fennel
  • Cloves
  • Star Anise
  • White Pepper

However, much to my shock and awe, I learned that five spice powder actually has nothing to do with the number of spices!

If Five Spice Powder Isn’t About Five Spices, What is it About?

According to the fabulous food blogger Chez Pim:

The “five” in Five Spice actually refers to the balance of five basic elements: earth, fire, water, air, and metal. The Five Spice powder was originally used in Chinese medicine to restore the balance of the five elements in the Chi or the life energy in our bodies. So, besides the five basic spices, Five Spice powder may contain other spices such as coriander seeds, cumin or anise seeds (instead of fennel seeds), black or green cardamom, and even nutmeg.

Also on Chez Pim, there is a recipe to make your own five spice powder and I must admit that I am now feeling like a bit of a slacker for not making my own.

Why Five Spice Frosting?

The five spice frosting was inspired by pork. Pork inspires all kinds of people to do all kinds of things. I’ve already been inspired by pork once before – remember the bacon cheddar frosting? This time, I didn’t put any pork in the frosting. I just used the five spice powder, a prominent element of the rhubarb pulled pork that I made for Taste & Create.

How Did Five Spice Frosting Taste?

The five spice frosting was mellow and tasted like Fall. I suppose it wasn’t the best choice for a summer cupcake, but sometimes it’s nice to have Fall flavors in the Summer, too. It would go really well on most Fall cupcakes and especially well on rhubarb cupcakes.

Five Spice Frosting Recipe

Five Spice Powder Frosting Recipe

Five Spice Powder Frosting Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/4 C (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 C powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 t five spice powder
  • 1 t vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Beat the butter and cream cheese until combined.
  2. Slowly add the powdered sugar and beat until creamy.
  3. Add the five spice powder and vanilla extract.
http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2008/07/five-spice-powder-frosting-recipe.html

 

A Question for You

I like doing posts specifically about frosting. It’s especially useful if I use the same frosting on more than one cupcake. However, frosting doesn’t look that great when it isn’t frosting something. There are only so many “frosting on the spatula” or “frosting in the beaters” photos I can see before getting bored with them. Anyone have any ideas?

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17 Responses to Five Spice Powder Frosting Recipe

  1. [eatingclub] vancouver || js July 24, 2008 at 10:27 pm #

    Five-spice frosting sounds intriguing! I can’t wait for the cupcake it will grace.

  2. Gigi July 24, 2008 at 11:55 pm #

    The frosting sounds delicious and exotic!

  3. Rachel July 25, 2008 at 3:20 am #

    I have the same issue with frosting posts! Some times I do an arial view of whatever is frosted were only the frosting is showing.

  4. Anonymous July 25, 2008 at 4:56 am #

    Frosting in a shot glass seems to be the thing to do lately…??

  5. KrstlChik July 25, 2008 at 5:24 am #

    your frosting sounds delicious… how about on finger about to be eaten? sorry, just dreaming for a minute. yum!

    you could put it in your frosting bag, press out a few stars, shells, or rosettes, etc. on a plate or some other surface and have the frosting bag placed nearby.

  6. iron stef July 25, 2008 at 6:16 am #

    replace your moses action figure’s beard with frosting!

  7. Jen July 25, 2008 at 8:32 am #

    How about frosting designs on a pretty piece of cloth or wallpaper?

  8. Chesher July 25, 2008 at 8:57 am #

    Frosting on graham crackers! The ultimate after-school snack!

    Well, but I guess that will pretty much look like frosting a plate… A square, brown, crunchy plate.

  9. Tempered Woman July 25, 2008 at 11:01 am #

    uhmmm, you have worn a costume before…how about frosting worn Madonna style? ;-)
    sorry couldn’t resist.
    I do think the picture is important tho because I personally find it valuable to get a sense of the structure/ texture. (did that sound grown-up enough to make up for he previous comment?)

  10. Pinky July 25, 2008 at 11:11 pm #

    Why not just pipe a cupcake-esque swirl on the plate?
    I love the bit about being inspired by pork. And I couldn’t help but think of a strange but entertaining cartoon on pork, the meat of kings.
    http://www.weebls-stuff.com/toons/Pork/

  11. bldrnrpdx July 26, 2008 at 9:41 am #

    Frosting on Graham Crackers was a favorite when I was a kid. Or maybe pretty saucers. Or a plastic cupcake for the whole Demo mode. Maybe on the fingers of a lovely model (by which I mean, whomever you can rope into doing it)?

  12. Stef July 26, 2008 at 2:19 pm #

    Eating club – The cupcakes are coming as soon as I can write them up!

    Gigi – Thanks! It was tasty!

    Rachel – Thanks – I actually looked at your blog for ideas since you are one of the few who does frosting posts. I like the top down idea.

    Anon – Hmm.. I should buy some cool shot glasses! Goodwill here I come!

    Krstl – Hah! The finger is great idea!

    Steph – I LOVE it!! That would rock! I actually have a bearded cupcake coming up. :)

    Jen – Interesting idea. Hmm… Goodwill and then a fabric store.

    Chesher – Graham crackers don’t look quite like a table, they have texture. That could work.

    TW – Do you want to volunteer your pregnant body to do a Demi Moore frosting shot?

    Pinky – Thanks so much for sharing that cartoon. That is hilarious! I sent it on to all of my pork loving friends.

    Bldrn – I think I could rope lots of people into doing it for free cupcakes!

  13. blood sugar 2.0 July 27, 2008 at 8:20 am #

    Delicious!
    A definite keeper for Christmas time.

  14. virjennifer July 27, 2008 at 10:45 am #

    Maybe making a mini frosting sculpture? I like the photo you took of this frosting, especially the colors. I usually correlate five spices with warm tones so seeing the blue as an accent makes me happy. I love five spice anything! there’s a chicken recipe I want to post that my baba gave to me to cherish. Five spice is fabulous, therefore your frosting is fabulous. :)

  15. Jen (Modern Beet) July 27, 2008 at 12:37 pm #

    I love 5-spice anything! I use it a lot on things like squash and other savory foods, but never thought to incorporate it into something sweet. Thanks for the idea!

  16. Stef July 28, 2008 at 8:50 pm #

    Blood – You could use a red or green wrapper then too which would make it more snazzy looking!

    Vir – A frosting sculpture? Hmm.. What shall I sculpt? I’ll have to ponder. I’ve never encountered such a five spice fan! Glad you like it so.

    Jen – Any time! Hadn’t thought about five spice on squash. Yum!

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