Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Please Ohh Please Cupcake Icing DON’T MELT!!! Ahhhhh!!!

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. 

 What Cooking Disasters Have You Had?

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:

Exhibit A
It should look like EXHIBIT B:
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!

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Catherine said...

My stupidest cooking "disaster"...the first time I made cookies from scratch, i didn't put the powder part of the recipe into the liquid part. I just baked the liquid was a runny goopy delicious mess.

...I might even write a story about it in my blog, lucky you!

Christopher said...

you could totally kick martha stewart's ass

i dont think prison hardened her up that much

Toni Tralala said...

It just got better from exhibit A to B!

Thrive on Novelty said...

yuuuummmm!!! these look AMAZING! Im drooling all over my laptop lol xx

Laura Trevey said...

They look awesome to me!!

xoxo Laura

The Shanner of Attention said...

aaaah, this happened to me too. i made "football" cupcakes for a football party I went to and the frosting melted by the time I got to the party. bo.

Chrissy said...

B looks pretty awesome!! Great job!!!

Kristin said...

I would love to take a class like that! And now I want one of your yummy cupcakes!

Jen Daiker said...

Wow I love all the photos!! I wouldn't have even been able to apply frosting!!! I stick with pre-made cookies and easy to make pasta...haha

I'm a new follower! Love your blog! Found you over at Teenage Bride!

Teenage Bride said...

awwww you can still see the potential!!!

by the way you and your bf are too cute!!!

Scientific Housewife said...

Those are so cute! I love cupcakes :)

Melissa Blake said...

Awesome work! Cupcakes are delicious, and that frosting.... YUMMM

Mo Pie, Please said...

I love seeing all of your creations, they're quite inspiring!

Kate said...

hi melanie! i stumbled upon your sweet little blog and i couldn't help but hit the follow button! can't wait to follow your adventures in the future! xo - kate


Oh I've had quite a few disasters. I won't even go there.. :) It's so cool that you're taking this class. I would love to!

btd. said...

Gimme some! Lol.

Shauna said...

Wow, those look great! I've been thinking of taking a cake decorating class. When I was newly married and hosted my first Thanksgiving I cooked the turkey with the neck and giblets and all still in the turkey in the bag! Ugh!

Zabrinah said...

Amazing recipe. This looks so beautiful. You really have talent, my dear!


My worst cooking disaster was when I burned scrambled eggs.

Best wishes,


Rachel said...

Mmm, they look so yummy! I want one! :)

Cafe Fashionista said...

Exhibit B is utterly divine - I seriously want some cupcake frosting right now!! :)

Audrey Allure said...

Omg it was so humid the other day! Haha, those look delicious anyway!

Lindsey said...

Hope they made it through. They looked yummy!


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