The recipes without the Fluff are pretty straight forward. Sugar, egg whites, water, cream of tarter and of course vanilla( always optional when baking. ) The recipe called for heating water and sugar until you get a syrup, whipping the egg whites with the cream of tarter and then streaming the syrup into the egg whites and whipping until cool. Simple. Easy.
Funny how hindsight is always 20/20. I remember reading the recipe which said, "heat water and syrup until sugar is dissolved, about 2-3 minutes." As I was stirring (constantly, per the recipe) I was thinking that this was very similar to the recipes that call for light corn syrup. I even got out my candy thermometer to make sure I didn't overheat the syrup. This all took about 10 minutes, not the aforementioned 2-3 minutes. I took the syrup mixture off the stove at 175 degrees, well before the soft ball stage on my Candy thermometer. (mistake! Big FRIKIN' mistake.)
I continued on with the recipe as it was written, streaming the syrup into the egg whites. Beating, and whipping and beating and whipping. I must have looked at the recipe 10 or more times. Yep, it said, "Continue beating the frosting until cool and billowy, about 5 minutes. Immediately spread the frosting on the cupcakes and top as desired."
Fast forward 30 minutes, still beating, still mixing. still not billowy. A large undulating mass I had and still as liquid as my coffee, which by this time has gone Cold! (Don't worry it is still good that way.) Now I improvise. I started adding Powdered sugar, vanilla, more powdered sugar, I even refrigerated it! Eventually I reached a consistency that I thought would surely stiffen as it settled. HA! HA! Hardy-har!
What a drippy, sticky, non-billowy, mess. Oh but it is yummy. Ginger told me. She tested it when I accidentally dripped once, or twice. Now I have Devil's Food cupcakes, topped with the Devil's own Marshmallow frosting. But wait.. There's more.
A few mini-marshmallows, mini-chocolate chips, and a sprinkle of gram crackers. Yep, you guessed it! A SMORE cupcake. Trust me they are just as messy as the name implies.
I considered lightly toasting the frosting, but what a sugar headache I had! Sometimes it's better to say enough is enough and change into sweats.