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White Mountain Frosting with Variations recipe

This fluffy, meringue-like frosting isalso known as seven minute frosting. No matter what you callit, it is delightfully delicious and turns any cake into a masterpieceworthy of a pedestal!

Recipe: White Mountain Frostingwith Variations

2 large egg whites
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Combine sugar, corn syrup and water ina 1-quart saucepan. Cover and heat to a rolling boil over mediumheat. Uncover and cook, without stirring, to 242°F (115°C)on a candy thermometer or until a small amount of mixture droppedinto very cold water forms a ball that flattens when removedfrom water. Cooking time can take between 4 to 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile using an electric mixer at highspeed, beat egg whites in a medium bowl just until stiff peaksform. Reduce speed to medium and while beating constantly, veryslowly pour hot syrup in a steady, thin stream into the egg whites.Add the vanilla and continue beating at high speed for about10 minutes until stiff peaks form.

    Makes enough to frost a 13 x 9 x 2-inchcake or fill and frost 2 (8 or 9-inch) cake layers.


    • Cherry-Nut Frosting: Stir in 1/4 cup choppedcandied cherries, 1/4 cup chopped nuts (toasted if desired) anda few drop red food coloring (optional).
    • Chocolate Revel Frosting: Stir in 1/2cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips or 1 ounce coarsely gratedunsweetened chocolate.
    • Coffee Frosting: Substitute packed brownsugar for the granulated sugar. Decrease vanilla to 1/2 teaspoonand beat in 1 teaspoon powdered instant coffee.
    • Orange Frosting: Substitute 1/2 teaspoonorange extract for the vanilla and add 1 teaspoon grated orangezest.
    • Peppermint Frosting: Stir in 1/3 cup coarselycrushed peppermint candy or 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract.
    • Satin Brown Sugar Frosting: Substitutepacked brown sugar for the granulated sugar and decrease vanillato 1/2 teaspoon.

    Note: It is recommended to avoid preparingthis type of frosting on humid days, although not impossibleto make, it will require a longer beating time.

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