Dear Chicago House,
Was it too much to ask that your basement stay bone dry after 3″ of rain in a 24hr period? At least it was only a small puddle that was easily dried up with an a couple of old tea towels …but still!
Chicago teenager likes to bake, especially when it is raining so last night she trashed the kitchen ( really!) and whipped up a really yummy batch of cup cakes complete with a rather unique frosting.
Don’t they look sumptuous!
The frosting recipe was from a baking recipe book that belonged to my Welsh granny and was titled “American Frosting”
Well, having lived in the USA for over 17 years and eaten many cakes in that time, I can truly say that I have never come across this taste or texture before. It was a cross between meringue and marshmallow and lets just say there aren’t as many cakes on the platter now as in the photo.
So I thought I’d share the frosting recipe with you
1 egg white
4 tablespoons water
few drops of vailla essence
1 cup (or 8 oz) of sugar
Put the water and sugar into a sauce pan and heat on low until the sugar is dissolved and reaches a temperature of 240 def F. This takes about 5 minutes. Whisk the egg white until it is very stiff then gradually add the hot syrup whisking all the time. Whisk until the frosting is thick and creamy, this takes about 5 minutes.
Spread immediately as the frosting sets very quickly
Creative in Chicago