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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.




Orange Jello Dessert

So this is “Orange Stuff” as my grandma calls it, I call it “Orange Jello”.  But no matter the name, we all call it good.  This is an old recipe my grandma has been making for probably at least 30 years.  It may sound strange, and for a non jello eater like me it is comfort.  It does take some time and steps, most of your time is waiting for things to chill or cool.   It is something she has brought to our many yearly family reunions.  She always goes home with a clean dish.

Mr.Picky himself was so unsure of this dish.  I can still remember the first family function we went to, and I told him excitedly that grandma was bringing orange jello.  He was confused why I was excited and when he saw it, he wanted nothing to do with it.  I am sure he was thinking what most people do, cheese on a dessert?  Well grandma made some comment on how she made it, so being new to the family he felt obligated to not offended grandma and eat it.  As it turns out it is one of his favorite desserts and is so lucky because grandma usually makes some on his birthday now.

Orange Jello Dessert

Orange Jello Stuff:

  • 1 large pkg Orange jello
  • 1½ cups boiling water
  • 2½ cups apricot nectar
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • dash salt
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup apricot nectar
  • 1 pkg dream whip or 8-9 oz. tub of Kool Whip
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, grated

In a medium bowl dissolve jello in boiling water, add 2 1/2 cup of nectar. Chill until 1/2 set, add marshmallows and pour into a 9×13″ pan. Chill over night.

Combine sugar, flour, salt, egg and nectar. Cook over medium heat, stir constantly until thickened.  Allow to cool.

Fold in prepared dream whip or Kool whip. Spread over gelatin. Sprinkle with 1/2 c cheddar cheese.

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