Remember when I made these and said that two times a year, it is all about the what it looks like – not what it tastes like? Well, here we are again. My other daughter’s birthday – and yes, these cupcakes have been in the hopper for a while now. She knew she wanted to have a sleepover for her birthday, and to go with the theme, she had picked out these sleepover cupcakes from the book, Hello Cupcake. I have heard this book referred to as “cupcake porn” – and I know why. The pictures are absolutely ridiculous - you love looking at them, but they are just utterly outrageous. And to think they make you feel like, yes, you too can make these babies, it’s just absurd.
So when my daughter came and showed me these cupcakes, I just laughed. But she begged me, she pleaded – and then she used flattery – she said, “Of course you can make these mommy, you are the best baker ever!” Ok, how could I say no to that? I actually had been dreading the party for weeks – wondering how I was going to pull it off. The weekend before, I went shopping for all the accessories. The night before I baked the cupcakes. The night of the party - all I had left to do was make the frosting, then decorate the cupcakes. At least I could make the frosting…my saving grace.
I decided on a marshmallow frosting – a nice white base for the masterpiece. I found a 7-minute icing recipe in the book, and I was sold. The frosting was AMAZING. I was eating spoonfuls of it while I was decorating the cupcakes – it was an excellent stress release. I am not suggesting to decorate your cupcakes like this – but if you are looking for an excellent marshmallow frosting that you can make in less than 10 minutes – look no further.
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Bring 1 inch of water to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Combine the egg whites, sugar, corn syrup, water, and cream of tartar in a large bowl. Set the bowl over the simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
With an electric mixer on high-speed, beat the mixture, still over the simmering water, until thick and fluffy, about 7 minutes. Beat in the vanilla extract. Serve this the day it is made as it becomes granular if it sits.
Makes about 3 cups.
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