Buttercream: Best Part of the Cake
Young Jysella Horn was in a bad temper, and told her father that he was NOT invited to her birthday party! Mirax refused to intervene in the traditional sense, and instead opted to ask her daughter how she intended manage to get the cake of her dreams if Daddy didn't make it? Seems Dad's speciality was the BEST part of any child's birthday cake -- not a cake per se, but all luscious buttercream frosting! Many people would overboil the syrup and it would turn out grainy. Or they'd get the butter too warm and it would melt and separate and make the frosting greasy. Corran Horn simply followed his grandmother's instructions. His grandmother -- his mother's mother -- knew all sorts of tips and tricks to make the most elegant headaches come off like a charm, recipes included. You do the same, and Jysella will always beg you to come to her party!
In a heavy-bottomed pot, place sugar, corn syrup, and water without stirring until it comes to a boil. Cook further without shaking the pan till it reaches the soft ball stage (238°F / 114°C to 248°F / 120°C using a candy thermometer).
Using your stand mixer or electric beater, or even a whisk, whip the egg yolks together very well until they are pale and aerated. Then slowly add the hot sugar into the yolks in a slow, steady stream. Try not to splash the cold sides of the bowl or the whisk with the hot syrup -- it might crystallize. When all incorporated, whip the mixture together till smooth and cool, this takes about 10 minutes. Add the beaten, softened (but still unmelted) butter a little at a time, and beat after every addition, until the entire mixture is smooth. Flavor as desired.
Makes about 5 to 6 cups of frosting.
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