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This recipe has been around since my mother was a young cook, maybe even when her mother was cooking for her. It’s an oldie but a very goodie especially on chocolate cake.
Use a stainless steel bowl or the top of a double boiler for this step. (The volume of this will increase quite a bit as you cook and beat it—and most double boilers I have had barely hold the 3 egg recipe. So it might be better to use a large stainless steel bowl set over a large pot of simmering water.) Combine egg whites, cold water, sugar and cream of tarter in the bowl. Whisk until smooth.
Place over a pot of boiling water and whisk constantly or beat with a hand mixer until the frosting is stiff and holds peaks, about 7 minutes. 7 minutes is for the two-layer cake amount; you’ll need to go a bit longer if increasing the recipe.
Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla. Let cool, whisking often, then spread on your cake.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
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