So what happens when you have fog, humidity, freak rain storms all day, & only one open window in a faculty cafeteria?? MELTING Meringue Icing!! AHHH!!! Thankfully there was a refrigerator in the room. Hehe.
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For the past few weeks I have had the delight of taking my mother’s Cake Decorating Class through the Adult Education Program in my old high school. I’ve learned so many different things that I wonder if Martha Stewart even knows. She might make the items but does she know how to use them all? Lol =P. Anywho, this week we learned how to make a different type of Icing. Butter Cream Meringue Icing. One Word: Delicious! It’s a lighter version of the Buttercream icing we’ve been using to make the roses & spiderwebs & pumpkins. It’s also more whipped. It's used for a softer less dry look too. We made the icing in class so my mother could help us out.
Here is the recipe we used for Butter Cream Meringue Icing:
4 ½ Cups sifted Powder Sugar
3 Tbs. of Meringue powder
½ cup of water
¼ cup of margarine or Crisco
1 tsp. of Vanilla Extract
Place 3 cups of sifted powdered sugar into your mixer. Add the 3 tbs. of Meringue Powder, then the water, then mix until the icing makes peaks like whip cream. It should look like lil mountains. When that happens add the other 1 ½ cups of sifted powdered sugar & the ¼ cups of Margarine or Crisco & the 1 tsp. of Vanilla Extract. Mix until it has been whipped into submission.
Sometimes it’s a lil too runny. If so, add more powdered sugar. If it’s foggy & muggy out place icing into the freezer so it comes to a cooler temperature. On second thought re-think the whole process of meringue icing if it’s warm out. IT WILL MELT. See EXHIBIT A:
It should look like EXHIBIT B:
We all placed our icing in the bags ready to decorate when alas by the time we were done spreading it with our decorating tips the lil rosettes were melting off. Oh well. I quickly used my tip to make my rosettes and ran to the freezer to put them in there. I made a special one for CJ. He’s not a big sweets person but I hope he’ll like this one!
Even tho the weather messed things up a bit, it was a very fun class. This week has been insanely stressful for me so it was nice to play for a lil while & just forget. Next week we are going to learn how to make Turkey Cakes with icing. Ooooo….Stay Tuned!