American Frosting


enough to cover one 15 - 18 cm cake
1 cup + 2 tbsp (225 g) sugar
4 tbsp water
a pinch of cream of tartar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence or a few drops lemon juice (optional)
1 egg white


1. Have the cake standing ready to be iced, on a turntable, upturned plate, or wire cooling rack with paper spread underneath.

2. Heat the sugar, water, and cream of tartar gently until the sugar dissolves.

3. Add the flavouring if liked.

4. Heat, without boiling, to 120°C, stirring all the time.

5. Remove the syrup from the heat and leave to cool slightly until it stops swirling.

6. Meanwhile, whisk the egg white until stiff.

7. Pour the syrup on to the egg white in a thin stream, beating with a spoon all the time.

8. Continue beating until the icing is of the required consistency.

9. When thick enough, pour it over the cake and swirl with a round-bladed knife.

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Type of sugar
posted by payam edalat @ 06:46AM, 9/03/08
Hi great recipe!
the sugar is it caster or icing?
Type of sugar
posted by Hannah Roe @ 02:17PM, 9/10/08
To give the required texture for the frosting, the sugar must be icing sugar.
posted by cat @ 05:58AM, 10/20/08
Hi - not that familiar with american frosting - does it harden like royal icing or stay soft eg for topping cup cakes etc
posted by Bethie @ 08:58AM, 10/24/08
No I don't think it hardens like royal icing, it's mostly this which makes it different. I'm pretty sure it dries to be crisp on the outside and then soft and luxurious within. Although don't presume I'm right, as I'm not 100% sure, just from my own experience with icing.
posted by megan @ 10:27AM, 10/25/10
Can i add white chocolate in the recipe>
Type of sugar
posted by Pen @ 07:48PM, 3/03/11
The sugar is Caster Sugar as you make a sugar syrup as the method said.
if you add chocolate to the mix it will become to stiff, if you leave in the fridge, but you can us it straight away before the chocolate hardens. It will give a different result though.
Do you need to use ...
posted by babykatie @ 07:31AM, 11/06/11
Do you havet to use cream of tartar or can you use milk ?
posted by Mrs @ 03:00PM, 11/10/12
Got no tartar does that matter can I use anything else :(
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