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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, mix together sugar and 2/3 cup water. Bring to a boil and do not stir. Cover and boil until no sugar crystals remain, 2 to 3 minutes. Uncover and continue boiling until syrup reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer (soft-ball stage).

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  • Meanwhile, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat together egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. When sugar mixture has reached 240 degrees, add 1/4 cup to bowl of mixer, drop by drop. Slowly add remaining sugar mixture and continue beating until cool, 7 to 10 minutes.

  • In the clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until fluffy. Add creamed butter to cooled egg white mixture, 3 tablespoons at a time, whisking well after each addition. Frosting should become thick and creamy. If egg mixture is too warm, frosting may remain thin; set bowl over ice and stir until thickened. Add Grand Marnier and mix until well combined. Use frosting immediately.

Reviews (2)

92 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 24
  • 2 star values: 28
  • 1 star values: 15
Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2018
I made the recipe as described EXCEPT for the Grand Marnier. I used 1/4 c freshly squeezed OJ. It was delicious and buttery! Yum! The only thing is, my house is cold and so the frosting was too stiff, in my opinion. Next time, I will use only enough butter to have a nice, creamy consistency. Thank you, Martha and crew!
Rating: Unrated
09/24/2012
This recipe was not as good as I was hoping it would be - very expensive to make and the end result was too buttery.