Let me preface this post by saying, I’m not much of a sweets person. I’ve got a very specific palate when it comes to the types of desserts I enjoy. And, when it comes to cake, especially birthday cake, I never know exactly what I want.
Although I might not have much of an appetite for sweets, seven minute frosting is one of my favorite things in the world. It’s like a meringue frosting for a cake. I love meringues, which is probably why I love this frosting. It’s light, fluffy and perfectly sweet. The pillowy texture just melts in your mouth, and it’s the perfect compliment to a light and airy angel food cake.
I’m not sure the first time I had seven minute frosting. It was probably when I was younger visiting my Grandma in Santa Barbara, California. She would always fill us with treats during our visits and I specifically remember her always making angel food cake with seven minute frosting while we were there. On the day we would leave, she would pack up a piece for us to carry on the plane as a snack. I would try desperately not to eat it but somehow it usually ended up in my belly before I even boarded my first flight.
If you read my post on Monday, you know I celebrated my 29th birthday this week. It was a very nice and relaxing day and I felt very grateful and blessed by all the thoughtful wishes I received from so many amazing friends and family.
I know it’s sounds silly, but this year was the first time, I’ve ever made my own birthday cake. I’ve made my own birthday cupcakes, usually Betty Crocker yellow cake with cherry frosting. Another weird childhood favorite of mine, but I had never made my own birthday cake. While there are a million things I could have made, for some reason, all I wanted was an angle food cake with pink seven minute frosting.
Despite getting older, I've come to the realization that I'm just a little girl at heart, one who still wants everything pink and sparkly on her birthday. So, I created my birthday dream cake, a delicious angel food cake (and as I’ve disclosed before, I’m partial to the box version from Betty Crocker) with light pink seven minute frosting. It was spectacular and was the prefect way to begin my 29th year.
Pink Seven Minute FrostingFrom the Joy of Cooking
Makes About 3 Cups
3 large egg whites
1 ½ cups of sugar
1/3 cold water
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla
7-8 drops of red food coloring
To Make Pink Seven Minute Frosting
Combine first five ingredients in a large double boiler or heatproof bowl and beat until thoroughly blended. Set bowl over rapidly boiling water. Beat constantly with a hand-held mixer at medium-high speed, until the mixture stands in stiff peaks or for about 7 minutes (sometimes more).
Remove from heat, and add vanilla and food coloring. Continue beating until the icing is cooled to room temperature. Frost cake immediately.