It all starts off so harmoniously and zen.
You and your Child relaxed and ready to do some baking together.
The Child gets to stir and mix the batter and help pour the batter into the cake tin. Most of the precious cake batter ends up on the floor and although you flinch involuntarily, you’re still pretty zen and it’s okay because, you know, it’s baking with Child time. But then halfway through, whilst stirring your Swiss meringue icing thinking why on Earth you decided to attempt a **Swiss Meringue, you realise that – No! You’re not actually that relaxed about the whole baking with Child thing and “No! you can’t pour oregano into the egg whites!!”
It was lovely to eat the cake in the end. And the icing was to die for.
Here’s the icing recipe I used:
Swiss Meringue Raspberry Buttercream
I started with my raspberry coulis. I heated the raspberries on a gentle heat in a pot until they were breaking down.
Once cooled, I ran it through the food processors and finally through a sieve to remove the pips.
Onto your icing. Your eggs should be at room temperature. Leave those bad boys out early on so they’re ready for baking time.
Whip your egg whites and sugar in a bowl over a simmering pan of water. The bowl shouldn’t touch the water. Keep whisking continuously. You need to keep going until it turns silky and smooth. The mixture will turn thinner and frothier as you go on.
A good tip is that if you rub the mixture between your fingers and if it’s grainy then KEEP GOING. (It took about 10 minutes of continuous stirring to get to this point). It’s really weird because I kept thinking it’s neeeeeeveer going to turn and then suddenly you end up with a silky and smooth texture.
The next step is important. Make sure your mixture is cool completely before you start adding your butter!
It’ll end up a runny mess otherwise – take my word for it! Ahem…
Once the mixture is cool, start whisking until stiff peaks. (Coincidentally this is a good time to reintroduce Child to the baking process. Try the old “I will flip the Meringue mixture over my head to see if it’s set.”)
Anyway. The result is amazing. The icing is so silky and luxurious!
Now you add your butter. It should be room temperature but still be able to hold its shape.
Add about a tablespoon at a time, and keep mixing.
Once I had added all my butter I mixed in the raspberry coulis, a pinch of sea salt (balance is everything right?) and stirred.
The result was absolutely fantastic! I’ll definitely be using this frosting/icing from now on. So tasty and not too sweet. Just spot on.
*Do not worry if your mixture is too runny. It’s still salvageable. I put it back into the fridge to cool down for twenty minutes and it was good to go.
**It really wasn’t that much extra work. It sounds like a palaver but it’s not. Trust me.