February 22, 2012

{7-Minute Frosting Recipe}

If your out of powder sugar and need to make frosting....
DON'T PANIC! Here is a recipe that can help!

(from my general Betty Crocker cookbook)

Combine in top of double boiler:
2 egg whites (1/4 cup)
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar or 1 tbsp light corn syrup
1/3 cup water

Mix ingredients together in the top of a double boiler. Place over boiling water. (Water should not touch the bottom of the bowl your frosting mixture is in.) Beat on high for 7 minutes over the boiling water. After 7 minutes remove from heat and add 1 tsp vanilla. Beat on high for a couple more minutes until spreading consistency.

I've sung the praises of 7-Minute Frosting before...but here's why we love it.
  • We like the flavor better.
  • It still has plenty of sugar...but egg whites instead of fat, so while not "healthy" it is "healthier."
  • It's easier to spread across a cake top without breaking the surface and getting crumbs in the frosting.
  • You can still decorate with words and things using piping bags or ziploc baggies (although not with quite as much fine detail.
  • You don't want to frost a hot cake, but if you're trying to hurry and finish decorating the cake, your cake doesn't have to be all the way cooled because the frosting is cooked/warm in the first place (no butter or shortening to melt.)
  • It's has a super creamy texture (yum!), but it not at all greasy, so the clean-up is a lot easier.
I've also decided that piping the frosting on is faster and less messy than spreading it on with a knife, so piped it out with a star tip through a gallon sized ziploc bag. (I have the real piping bags, but I'm usually too lazy to get them out.

Recipe from {Helping Little Hands}.

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