Marshmallow Frosting

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  • Servings: makes about 4 cups (enough to frost 12 cupcakes)
KEY: Test Kitchen, American, Cakes & Cupcakes, Desserts, Fast, Make Ahead

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • Pinch of cream of tartar
  • Pinch of salt

How to make this recipe

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the granulated sugar with the water and bring to a boil over moderately high heat, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl of a standing electric mixer, beat the egg whites with the pinches of cream of tartar and salt until soft peaks form.
  3. With the mixer at medium speed, carefully pour the hot sugar syrup into the egg whites. Continue beating the frosting until cool and billowy, about 5 minutes. Immediately spread the frosting on the cupcakes and top as desired.
Contributed By Photo © Kana Okada Published May 2008

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