Orange Crunch Icing

Recipe by Sydney Mike
READY IN: 55mins
YIELD: 2 1/2 cups




  • In a saucepan over medium heat, cook 1 cup of the sugar and water, stirring until sugar dissolves, then boil gently, without stirring, util temperature reaches 242 degrees F on a thermometer. Be sure to check to see that sugar granules are not clinging to sides of pan. If they are, gently brush off with a wet pastry brush.
  • Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl & with mixer on high speed, beat eggs just until foamy.
  • Remove sugar syrup from heat, reduce mixer speed to low & gradually pour syrup in a steady stream into the beaten eggs. DO NOT POUR SYRUP ONTO BEATERS, as this will spray sugar onto sides of bowl & it will harden.
  • After all sugar mixture has been added, increase speed to high & beat until mixture cools to room temperature, about 20 minutes. You can test this by touching bottom half of bowl.
  • With mixer running, add butter, a few pieces at a time, whipping until butter is incorporated & buttercream is fluffy & creamy, about 4 minutes.
  • Fold in orange zest by hand, then set aside.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a bowl, combine almonds, egg white & remaining 1/2 cup sugar, then toss to coat evenly.
  • Spread onto prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake in preheated oven until golden, about 8-10 minutes, stirring almonds once or twice to bake evenly.
  • Let cool completely, then fold into orange buttercream.