For his sixth birthday party last weekend my youngest requested chocolate cupcakes with white icing. My mother was the baker and happily obliged. That is until we had a mini-crisis–she could not find her special buttercream icing recipe. Only an hour from party time, Mother pulled out an icing recipe from days gone by…7 Minute Icing. It’s in most country cookbooks for a reason–it’s simple, fast, and yummy!
7 Minute Icing
2 egg whites, 1 and 1/2 cups sugar, 1 and 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar, 1/2 cup cold water, dash salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla
Place all ingredients except vanilla in a double boiler. Beat one minute with an electric mixer. Cook over boiling water, beating constantly with mixer until firm peaks form. You’ll know when icing will curl a bit when you pull the mixer up. Mix in vanilla at end. Be sure to make this icing on a dry day–it will not work on a rainy day.