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Seven-Minute Frosting

This frosting sets quickly, so make it just before you're ready to use it. Use with the Gingerbread Town-Square Cake.

  • yield: Makes about 8 cups
Photography: Sang An

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Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 6 large egg whites, room temperature

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Bring 1 1/2 cups sugar, the corn syrup, and water to a boil, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Clip a candy thermometer to side of pan. Continue to cook, without stirring but washing down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent crystals from forming, until mixture reaches 230 degrees, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, with a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time.

  3. Step 3

    Reduce speed to medium-low, and pour syrup in a slow, steady stream down side of bowl. Raise speed to high, and beat until thick, shiny, and cooled, about 7 minutes. Use immediately.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2007

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