Meringue Butter Cream

  • Yield: Makes about 10 cups

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2004

Ingredients

  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 12 large egg whites
  • 2 pounds (8 sticks) unsalted butter, softened and cut into tablespoon-size pieces
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Whisk sugar and egg whites in a large heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water until sugar is dissolved and mixture registers 140 degrees.on an instant-read thermometer, 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Fit an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, and beat the egg-white mixture on high speed until it holds stiff (but not dry) peaks and mixture is fluffy and cooled, about 10 minutes.

  3. Reduce speed to medium-low, and add butter several tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition (meringue will deflate slightly as butter is added). Add vanilla; beat until frosting comes together, 3 to 5 minutes. Beat on lowest speed until air bubbles diminish, about 2 minutes. Stir with a rubber spatula until frosting is smooth.

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