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Cloud Frosting

When I have the chance to cook for a large crowd I can’t help but try some new recipes.  I was looking for a simple and beautiful frosting that wouldn’t take a lot of piping.  When I came across Always With Butter: Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cloud Frosting.  This cloud frosting was just what I was looking for.  This is a high gloss frosting with a sweet, light, fluffy, and almost iridescent touch to it.

Cloud Frosting

I did just a simple swirl piping, and I added an edible pearl on top of each cupcake.  The frosting fresh out of the bag had the texture of a stiff whip cream, but after about an hour it took on an almost marshmallow consistency.  I prefered it fresh, but got a lot of compliments on it.

I had made over 40 cupcakes and was worried that my one batch of frosting was not going to cut it.  Turns out I had half left, but it stored nicely in a gallon bag with the air squeezed out in the fridge.  I used it a few days later on a cake I was doing for a shower.  So word to the wise, I would possible cut this recipe in half next time.   I whipped the frosting a bit before using again.  I also tried coloring it and with turned out great.  The pink on the owl cake is colored cloud frosting.

Owl Cake

Cloud Frosting:

  • 2 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 Tbs vanilla

Cloud Frosting

 

Combine sugar, egg whites, water, and cream of tartar in a metal bowl.  Beat with a hand beater until foamy.

Set over a pan of barely simmering water, and continue to whisk.

Continue to whisk until sugar is dissolved and the mixture is warm about 3-5 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to a stand mixer with the whisk attachment.  Beat on high-speed until stiff peaks form.

Add in vanilla until well combined.  Enjoy however you choose.

 

 

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Black and Orange Graduation Party

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My first nephew actually graduated a few weeks ago.  This was a huge deal, and this was the cake table display.  Home of the Tigers, the party was done in orange and black.  The party was great, catching up with friends new and old.  My sister threw the party and I can not take any credit.  I took a few pictures to give others some ideas.

graduation cupcakesIn addition to a sheet cake, she had made some graduation cupcakes and I did make some orange and black tiger brownies to help, recipe is attached.  This recipe would work well for the zebra party I am planing in a few weeks just leaving out the orange coloring.

Orange and Black Tiger Brownies:Tiger Cream Cheese Brownies

  • A box of your favorite brownie mix
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 5 Tbs butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • orange food coloring (optional)

Prepare brownie batter as directed on box, pour half the batter in a greased 9×13″ pan.

In a separate bowl mix cream cheese, butter, and sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs, vanilla and flour mixing until smooth.  If you wish to color add the desired amount of color to the cream cheese mixture.

Spread cream cheese mixture on top of brownie batter in baking pan, drop spoonfuls of remaining brownie batter on top of the cream cheese layer.Tiger Cream Cheese Brownies

Pull a knife through the pan until you reach the desired stripping.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean from center.

Allow to cool completely before slicing, enjoy!

 

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