Marshmallow Frosting

Marshmallow frosting: can that be wrong?

Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart's Cupcakes; photography courtesy of Con Poulos and others

Marshmallow Frosting

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    Ingredients

    1 envelope unflavored gelatin (1 scant tablespoon) 1 cup sugar
    1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup cold water

    directions

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    • 1

      In a mixing bowl, sprinkle gelatin over ..." cup cold water. Allow gelatin to soften, about 5 minutes.

    • 2

      Heat remaining 1/4 cup water and the sugar in a saucepan over medium-high, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Stop stirring; clip a candy thermometer onto side of pan. Boil syrup until temperature reaches the soft-ball stage (238 degrees F), brushing down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming. Remove from heat; add syrup to softened gelatin. Whisk mixture by hand to cool, about 1 minute, then use an electric mixer to whisk on medium-high speed until soft, glossy (but not dry) peaks form, 8 to 10 minutes. Use immediately (frosting will harden).

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