When it comes to whipping up frosting, it’s always nice to have a few go-to recipes on hand that can be used for different decorating needs. You guys know how much I love buttercream, but today’s frosting comes in handy when you need a gorgeous, glossy frosting and it’s also perfect when you need a no-butter alternative. It holds its shape at room temperature for up to a couple days and has a light, meringue-marshmallow flavor.
To make this meringue frosting, you’ll beat egg whites into stiff peaks while simultaneously cooking a corn syrup/sugar mixture. By pouring the hot syrup into the whites while still beating, you get the fluffiest, frosting peaks!
For simple cupcake decorating, I filled a piping bag with the frosting, clipped about a 3/4″ opening in the end of the bag and made a simple swirl onto the cupcake – no piping tip needed! Because it took me some time between making the frosting and getting my cupcakes ready, the frosting didn’t come out smooth and piped out with a lot of air pockets in it – as you can see on the left. No worries – I simply squeezed the bag of frosting back into my mixing bowl and whisked it up into a nice, glossy smooth frosting again. It piped out so much better – as you can see on the right. I’ve also used this frosting to cover cakes with some simple swoops of the spatula. It’s easy and looks great because it’s so glossy and will hold its shape forever!
For this recipe, you will need:
- 1/2 C. granulated sugar
- 1/4 C. light corn syrup
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 2 egg whites = 1/4 C.
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the instructions, I’m going to send you over to Betty Crocker’s website, here.. This recipe has been in my mom’s recipe box for decades, and good ‘ol Betty will tell you exactly how to get it just right!
Love how this frosting tastes like marshmallows? Well, I thought it would be perfect for making some S’mores themed cupcakes!
Watch how easy this is! Crush some graham cracker crumbs – sprinkle onto piped White Mountain frosting!
Stick those cupcakes under the broiler (not too close and watch the peaks!) and watch them carefully to toast the frosting to a very light golden brown!
Wala! S’mores Cupcakes!! I was slightly excited when this worked out like the idea in my head!!
Had I known how amazing they were going to look, I would’ve added some chocolate ganache to the middle of my cupcakes like my girls are always suggesting. (They’re a tad obsessed with Cupcake Wars currently!)
Alrighty! Have fun! Can you tell we have a theme going on around here? Just wait – there’s s’more!! (And thanks for humoring me!)