- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 10 large egg whites
- 4 cups (8 sticks or 2 pounds) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Place sugar and egg whites in the heat-proof bowl of an electric mixer. Set bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, and whisk until sugar has dissolved and egg whites are hot to the touch, about 3 minutes. Test by rubbing the mixture between your fingers; it should feel completely smooth.
- Transfer bowl to mixer stand. Using the whisk attachment, beat on high speed until mixture has cooled completely and formed stiff and glossy peaks, about 10 minutes.
- Add the butter, one piece at a time, and beat until incorporated after each addition. Don't worry if the buttercream appears curdled after all the butter has been added; it will become smooth again with continued beating. Add vanilla, and beat just until combined.
- Switch to the paddle attachment, and beat on the lowest speed to eliminate any air pockets, about 5 minutes.
- If using buttercream within several hours, cover bowl with plastic wrap, and set aside at room temperature in a cool environment. Or transfer to an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator, up to 3 days. Before using, bring buttercream to room temperature, and beat on the lowest speed with the paddle attachment until smooth, about 5 minutes.
The recipe sounded so darn good that I had to try it--And the picture they posted had the fluffiest prettiest frosting I had ever seen. My only hang-up was the 8 flippin' sticks of butter. Anyway, I got the ingredients and I followed the directions my very best. How did my recipe turn out? My meringue was beautiful (and tasty!) but when I mixed in the butter the frosting turned into butter. It was yellow and thick and tasted like butter. I am not kidding you. Sick.
Why am I telling you this? Because I am offering a reward. Whoever can make this frosting look like Martha's and tell me what I did wrong will win my unending respect and admiration. Sorry, after all that Christmas shopping that's all I have left to give. Help!