Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins
This is HANDS DOWN my favorite frosting/icing!! It does take a little time and you will need a CANDY THERMOMETER, but it is so worth it! I make this for my devil's food cake recipe (I will be posting that next). Don't be intimidated by the steps....if I can do it, ANYONE can. This does taste MUCH better on the second day. I suggest letting it rest before serving. Oh, and if you are watching your weight...LOOK AWAY NOW! This can be made 1 week ahead and chilled, covered or frozen 1 month. Bring to room temp (DO NOT MICROWAVE) and beat with electric mixer before using. I got this recipe from Gourmet magazine.
- 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon juice, fresh is best
- 1 1⁄2 cups butter, cut into pieces and softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Combine egg whites and salt in a large bowl, and just let it sit for now.
- Stir together brown sugar and water in a small heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over moderately high heat, washing down the sides of the pan with a pastry brush dipped in water. This brings the bubbles down and stops them from boiling over the pan.
- When sugar syrup reaches a boil, start beating egg whites with an electric mixer at med-high speed until frothy, then add the lemon juice. Beat at med. speed until whites just hold soft peaks. DO NOT BEAT AGAIN UNTIL SUGAR SYRUP IS READY.
- Meanwhile, put candy thermometer into sugar syrup and continue boiling until syrup reaches 238-242º. Immediately remove from heat and pour into a heatproof 1-cup glass measure.
- Beating the egg whites at high speed, slowly pour the hot syrup in a thin stream down the side of the bowl into the egg whites.
- Beat meringue, scraping down bowl, until meringue is cool to the touch,about 6-7 minute IT IS IMPORTANT THE MERINGUE IS PROPERLY COOLED BEFORE PROCEEDING.
- With mixer at medium speed, gradually add butter 1 piece at a time, beating well after each addition until incorporated. (If meringue is too warm and buttercream looks soupy after some of the butter is added, briefly chill bottom of bowl in a large bowl filled with ice water for a few seconds before continuing to beat in remaining butter).
- Continue beating until buttercream is smooth. (Mixture may look curdled before all of the butter is added, but it will come back together before beating is finished).
- Add vanilla and beat 1 more minute.
This had a nice tan color, I guess the depth of the color could be lightened with a lighter color sugar.
I was happy with it, it was bowl licking good after I iced all my cupcakes!