Before starting this recipe I poured the reviews for tips for success. In hot humid Houston, I knew boiling sugar would have challenges. I had moderate success, and think this is salvable in the future...My tips: Use a bigger pot then needed! It will boil up!Do not stir as you are waiting for it to boil Rolling boil means it is all boiling, not just around the edges. Patience. I put it in the fridge overnight covered based on other suggestions to make sure it was cold. When I took it from the fridge, it had a thick (1/2 in) hard "skin" on top. I was terrified all had gone wrong. However,
- Beating it in the kitchenaid w/ the paddle really did get rid of all of that hard skin. Unlike some other reviewers, I found that I had peak "stiffness" after about 3 minutes of beating, although I don't think it would have been pipe-able at that point. After 6-7 min, I realized it was just getting looser and looser, so added ~ 4 c powder sugar. I used the whisk attachment to incorporate that sugar and found that as I whisked more, it would get looser so I stopped and attempted to pipe it on the cupcakes. Moderate success, had to go in fridge to set the icing. It was ridiculously sweet (w/the add'l sugar), flake salt on top was definitely needed. Next time, I'll refridgerate icing after beating and then pipe (no powdered). As is, this would probably cover 16 cupcakes.
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Before starting this recipe I poured the reviews for tips for success. In hot humid Houston,...