If there is one thing I don’t like, it is that saccharine buttercream frosting that so many people insist on slathering an inch thick on birthday cakes. I prefer a slightly, ok noticeably, less treacly frosting that 1) allows me to actually taste the cake underneath, and 2) doesn’t threaten to send me directly into a diabetic coma.
That brings me to this fluffy frosting, in this case mint-flavored, that perfectly does the job of serving as, quite literally, “just icing on the cake.” The frosting tastes a lot like a gooey marshmallow, which is no surprise, since you will know if you’ve ever made homemade marshmallows, that this recipe is not much of a detour from the one that yields those white puffs of sugar.
To state the obvious, this frosting is the perfect topping for a mint chocolate cake. But, that is certainly not the only place it belongs. Substitute the peppermint extract, with vanilla, almond, orange, or any other extract to create a custom frosting that will pair with the cake you’re making.
Fluffy Mint Frosting Recipe Makes enough to frost a double layer 9″ round cake.
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
green food coloring
- Stir sugar, water, and cream of tartar together in sauce pan over medium high heat. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat.
- Beat egg whites until soft peaks begin to form.
- Add peppermint extract and green food coloring to egg whites.
- Gradually add the sugar mixture to the egg whites, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes.