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Elegant Layer Cake Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (21 ounces) lemon cream pie filling
  • 2 cups flaked coconut
  • *Crystallized Flowers (for decoration only):
  • Roses, Violets, or other fresh flowers
  • 1 egg white
  • superfine sugar

Instructions:

For frosting, combine sugar,water, and cream of tartar in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat without stirring until candy thermometer reaches 232 degreesF or a small amount of the mixture dropped into ice water forms a soft thread, 15 to 20 minutes. In a medium bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Whilebeating on medium speed, slowly pour a thin stream of hot syrup mixture into egg whites. Add vanilla. Beat on high speed until frosting forms soft peaks and is fluffy.
To assemble cake, spread 1/2 cup lemon filling between layers, spreading filling 1/2-inch from edge of cake layer. Frost top and sides with frosting. Pat coconut on sides. Decorate with Crystalized Flowers* if desired. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

*Crystalized Flowers Instructions:
Place egg white in small bowl. Stir lightly. Brush egg white on flowers with small paint brush to cover all parts of petals. Remove all excess egg white that could cause petals to stick together. Sprinkle superfine sugar over petals to cover petals completely, shaking to avoid clumping.