Monday, April 4, 2011

7 Minute Frosting and Cupcake Mountain

I recently visited my parents in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. I know they pointed out Cupcake Mountain in the distance several times but this time I really saw it. Here is the link for hiking the mountain. I have never hiked Cupcake Mountain but I am sure many have "risen" to the challenge.

It was my dad's birthday so I baked him one of his favorites - white angel food cake with 7 minute frosting. There is something incredible about watching an angel food cake rise in the oven and inverting it over a bottle at the end. Then there is the transformation of egg whites, cream of tartar, water, salt and sugar over a double boiler into frosting. (Recipe below.)

The real magic is sharing the birthday cake with people you love.

Seven- Minute Frosting
(from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, 1976, p. 143)

2 unbeaten egg whites
1.5 cups granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1/3 c. cold water
dash of salt
1 tsp. vanilla

Place all ingredients except vanilla in top of double boiler (don't place over boiling water); beat 1/2 minute at low speed on electric mixer to blend. Place over, not touching, boiling water. Cook, beating constantly, till frosting forms stiff peaks, about 7 minutes (don't overcook). Remove from boiling water. If desired, pour into mixing bowl. Add vanilla; beat till of spreading consistency, about 2 minutes.
(Variations for peppermint-stick, sea foam, chocolate, and tropical frostings using this recipe).

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