Monday, May 2, 2011

Frosting that will change your life!

My friend Candice was kind enough to have a birthday a few weeks back. So...I called another friend, we put our heads together, and came up with a semi surprise birthday party! (semi because Candice is pretty hard to pull surprises on) We got the girls together for a pizza and movie night...which turned into a pizza, movie, and royal wedding extravaganza. You put nine girls together the night before the royal wedding, watch a love story, and it is only natural to spend a couple hours looking at pictures, watching videos, and discussing every aspect of the upcoming moment of bliss. Come on! We got to watch a fairytale occur the next day. :)

All week long I knew that I was supposed to make the birthday dessert, but I have to admit to not even thinking about it until Wednesday night...after church...on my way home. I did a quick mental inventory of what we had in the pantry/fridge, thrown together with a few flavors I now Candice loves, and I came up Chocolate Oreo Bliss Cake. The cake and the filling were great! However, the frosting is what captured my heart!

The entire cake is super simple to make!


Cake: This part is so difficult :)
1 box of Chocolate cake mix
(I made it with a German Chocolate cake mix)

1 8oz brick of cream cheese
1 pkg of oreos

Fluffy Boiled Frosting:
1 1/4 cups sugar 3 egg whites, at room temp
1/8 tsp cream of tartar 1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp of salt
6 tbsp water

Making the yumminess:
Bake the cake in either two round pans. You can work on the other items while the cake is baking.

Crush oreos in a ziploc until they are small chunks, but not a fine powder.
Blend the cream cheese and the oreos together and set aside.

Once the cake has cooled slice off the rounded top a cake to make a flat surface. That cake will be the one on the bottom.

Spread the cream cheese mixture over the bottom layer all the way out to the edge.
It does not have to look perfect since the frosting will cover it up completely. However, you want the filling to be at the edge so the cake does not break. Set the top layer on.

It is now time to make the best part of the cake!!!
1.Use a 1 quart sauce pan over med heat. Heat together, sugar, cream of tartar, salt, and water to boiling. Check the temperature with a candy thermometer until it reaches 260 degrees F. If you don't have a candy thermometer heat the syrup until a small amount, dropped in cold water, forms a hard ball.
2. In another bowl mix, at high speed, egg whites until soft peaks form.
3. Pour syrup slowly into the egg whites while blending. Add vanilla and continue to blend until stiff peaks are formed.

Spread the frosting all over the cake and down the sides. The entire cake will disappear in these fluffy goodness! You can either chill the cake or go ahead and serve.
(I think it tastes better after being chilled for a little bit.)

The frosting is incredibly easy to "mold" you can make all sorts of neat designs on the top or the sides with it.

Lick the spatula...and the bowl for me! Yeah, it is that good!