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Elegant Layer Cake Frosting

Categories: Frosting & Fillings

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This frosting recipe is perfect for the Elegant Layer Cake, which was originally published in the Clabber Girl Recipes to Warm the Heart Cookbook from 2000.


  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 can lemon cream pie filling
  • 2 c. flaked coconut
  • 1 egg whites
  • superfine sugar


For frosting, combine sugar,water, and cream of tartar in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat without stirring until candy thermometer reaches 232 F 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. While beating 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, use 1/2 cup lemon filling between layers, and the other half for the cake top and sides. Spread the filling 1/2-inch from edge of cake layer. Pat coconut on sides. Decorate with Crystalized Flowers* if desired.

*Crystalized Flowers Instructions (for decoration only):
Roses, Violets, or other fresh flowers

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.