CAST YOUR VOTE!
Post your idea for what I should do with my left over frosting in the comments below (please not on facebook) and the winner will get a piece of the final creation!
I made over 50 mini carrot cupcakes for a dessert party this weekend. I was feeling a little proud of myself, but when I got there, I was even more impressed with everyone else's desserts! They looked especially wonderful all together as a big spread.
(click on the photo to see my flickr stream, and each individual dessert)
I also made some chocolate meringues, and they are fine, but I'm not a fan of meringues to begin with, so there's not much to tell except that I thought they kind of looked like tiny cow poops when I was making them.
Anyway, the dessert party was fun, but it was a lot of sugar. Nick and I came crashing down later in the day. We are still left with about half the cupcakes, and a whole lot of extra frosting.
It's a cream cheese frosting made with 16oz of Philadelphia cream cheese, one stick of butter (both at room temp) with about a cup of powdered sugar and a cup of dark maple syrup.
Now I ask YOU! What should I do with the extra frosting? Post your ideas in a comment right here. I will choose my favorite idea and make that thing! If you live in the area, I will even bring you a piece/portion of the finished product for you to enjoy. So give me your most fun and creative ideas because I'm up for the challenge.
Chocolate Meringue Recipe
As far as meringues go, these are very tasty. However, I don't really like meringue, so I'm not the best judge. Why would I make something I don't even like? Too many leftover egg whites, and guilt at throwing away food.
5 large egg whites (use the yolks to make David Lebovitz's vanilla ice cream)
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2/3 cup of superfine sugar (I just put regular sugar in a food processor and process for about 20 seconds)
2/3 cup of powdered sugar
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 275F.
1. Sift powdered sugar and cocoa powder together into a medium bowl.
2. Beat egg whites, cream of tartar and lemon juice until soft peaks form.
3. Slowly add in superfine sugar (one tablespoon at a time) and continue to beat eggs until firm peaks form.
4. Fold in the cocoa and sugar mixture.
5. Pipe onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet (in poop-shapes if you like) about 1/2 an inch apart. They don't expand much in the oven.
6. Bake for 1:30 to 2 hours. Less time for chewier centers, more time for crisp through.
7. Leave baking sheets in the oven overnight so that the shells dry out completely.
8. Store in airtight container, but not in fridge. Cold does weird wet things to baked egg whites.