Easy and Extra Fluffy White Cloud Frosting

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My mom’s Easy and Extra Fluffy White Cloud Frosting is a light and bright, not-too-sweet topping to douse on cupcakes and cakes of all varieties!

My mom's Easy and Extra Fluffy White Cloud Frosting is a light and bright, not-too-sweet topping to douse on cupcakes and cakes of all varieties!Easy and Extra Fluffy White Cloud Frosting

This is such a neat recipe and one I have loved since I was a girl. My mom would make this frosting recipe often, and she’d top a Devil’s Food cake or cupcakes with it. My favorite part was she’d let us do the honor of loading the cake up with sprinkles. It’s one of my favorite memories growing up!

People often ask me what this frosting tastes like because it’s a little different than your typical icing. It has a bright and light flavor, and isn’t overly sweet. The texture is super puffy and fluffy; it will remind you of an extra-light marshmallow cream spread. It’s also crazy and unusual that this frosting recipe is made without butter or powdered sugar. It’s so unique!

My mom's Easy and Extra Fluffy White Cloud Frosting is a light and bright, not-too-sweet topping to douse on cupcakes and cakes of all varieties!

How do you store white cloud frosting?

Because this is SUCH a light frosting, it sort of loses its consistency over time if you don’t use it right away. I’d recommend icing whatever cake or cupcakes you’ve made, and then either eating or tossing leftovers if you have any. But it’s so good, you won’t want to toss it. Get out a spoon, friend!

What do you put white cloud frosting on?

This frosting goes so great on so many things. You can pile it high on chocolate cupcakes, like the pictures here, or really any cupcake that vanilla-flavored frosting tastes good on. You can also put it on any other favorite cakes or favorite desserts, including Angel Food cake, vanilla cake, or a cookie cake. I wouldn’t put it between the sections of layer cake because it’s too light to support the weight.

How do you make the best white cloud frosting?

Here are my tips, passed down from my mom, for getting the BEST white cloud frosting:

  • Use a stand mixer. Because you add a lot of the ingredients as you’re mixing, it’s way, way easier to use a stand mixer rather than a hand mixer.
  • Make sure your bowl and utensils are clean. Egg whites do NOT handle grease well, and the consistency won’t end up great if there’s butter or oil on any of your materials.
  • Slowly add your sugar and corn syrup. When it’s time to pour the sugar into the mixer bowl, do it very slowly to allow everything to incorporate well and form the best soft peaks. Same goes for when you add the hot corn syrup!
  • Use it immediately. If you don’t, it sort of de-fluffs and loses its great shape and fullness. Also, add your sprinkles or other decorations right away because they stick best right after icing!

My mom's Easy and Extra Fluffy White Cloud Frosting is a light and bright, not-too-sweet topping to douse on cupcakes and cakes of all varieties!

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My mom's Easy and Extra Fluffy White Cloud Frosting is a light and bright, not-too-sweet topping to douse on cupcakes and cakes of all varieties!

White Cloud Icing


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Yield: 4-5 cups 1x

Description

My mom’s Easy and Extra Fluffy White Cloud Frosting is a light and bright, not-too-sweet topping to douse on cupcakes and cakes of all varieties!


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Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Use a stand mixer. It will change your life. You can make this using a hand mixer, but it just takes time. In a clean bowl (any grease on your bowl or utensils will ruin the icing — egg whites hate grease!), beat the egg whites and salt on high speed until foamy.
  2. With the mixer still running, slowly add the sugar. Beat mixture until soft peaks form (when you pull the mixer out of the white mixture, you should get a little point that bends over).
  3. Bring the corn syrup to a boil over medium heat in a small saucepan. When the corn syrup comes to a boil, remove from heat.
  4. Slowly pour the hot corn syrup into the egg mixture while your mixer is mixing on high. Beat the mixture until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. Add the vanilla, and mix to combine.
  5. Use right away.

Notes

  • Use the frosting right away and eat any leftovers, as it doesn’t store well.
  • You can leave a cake that has been iced with this frosting uncovered, since any type of plastic wrap on it will be a mess.
  • Add the sprinkles as soon as you are done spreading the icing. A thin crust will form, and the sprinkles won’t stick if you wait too long.
  • This recipe doubles well.
  • This is enough to frost 18 cupcakes or the outside of 1 layered cake. This is not a great icing to fill a layer cake. The cake kind of smashes it into nothing, and you don’t have a nice layer in the middle anymore.
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: no bake
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 18
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53.5 Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 47.2mg Carbohydrates: 13.7g Sugars: 13.7g Protein: 4g Vitamin A: 0µg Vitamin C: 0mg

Keywords: frosting, icing, cake, cupcake, dessert, white cloud, egg free, gluten free

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Easy White Cloud Icing Recipe

Easy White Cloud Icing Recipe

My mom's Easy and Extra Fluffy White Cloud Frosting is a light and bright, not-too-sweet topping to douse on cupcakes and cakes of all varieties!

My mom's Easy and Extra Fluffy White Cloud Frosting is a light and bright, not-too-sweet topping to douse on cupcakes and cakes of all varieties!

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My mom’s Easy and Extra Fluffy White Cloud Frosting is a light and bright, not-too-sweet topping to douse on cupcakes and cakes of all varieties!

This post was originally published in 2012 and has been updated and rephotographed in June 2019.

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Jamie
Jamie

Tried this and it didn’t come out anywhere near the picture just looks like very thin icing. I’m used to it I have tried multiple types of frosting and every type it comes out as Icing so it must be me. I know this says icing on it but the pictures show it as a different texture than what I got. I Didn’t make any changes except had to use a hand mixer because I don’t own a stand mixer.

Jamie
Jamie

Couldn’t edit my comment but the picture shows it’s more like a whipped frosting than an icing. So I expected it to look like the pic. I must of done something wrong but then again like I said above I have tried multiple different recipes and for some reason they all have come out as thin icing.

McKayla Brown
McKayla Brown

Hey there
I’m thinking of using this as a base for custard buttercream (German buttercream). Due to a shortage, I can’t use butter to make traditional buttercream. Do you think this would hold up if I added firm custard?
Thanks

carol
carol

I didn’t turn out at all, I wouldn’t recommend it.

madi
madi

Any idea if this would work on the outside of an icecream cake? I would have to freeze the entire cake after it was assembled.

Justine
Justine

Hi. I am making a cakes on Friday and icing it. Same day. It will not be eaten until Saturday and Sunday. Will icing hold up on the cake ? You mentioned that we must eat Or throw away since they don’t hold up.

Jamine
Jamine

Hi,
I really want to make this. If I make the frosting a day before the event and remix it will it work

Hanifa
Hanifa

Thanks! And I also had another question, what happens if you over-mix the icing?

Tomyra Pate

By far, this recipe is the best! My mom is a diabetic and it’s not super sweet. She loved it and I did also!

Hannah
Hannah

I’m so glad to have found this recipe, thank you!! I’ve made it once, and it does work beautifully. Quick question— how would you adapt the recipe to make it chocolate flavored?

Wendy
Wendy

I haven’t tried making this yet, but it looks so yummy! QUESTION: Will it hold up enough for a triple layered cake covered with fondant. I just need to make sure the frosting wont start to squeeze out the sides. Or would you suggest I make the outer ring with regular buttercream to hold in your frosting? I really want to use this as buttercream is so thick and too sweet.

Danielle
Danielle

Hi
I used this on a double layer cake, but when I cut into the cake the frosting deflated so to speak and just looked like a thin layer of stretchiness if this makes sense between the layers.
Should I use more frosting between layers next time or is there another way to avoid it??

Betsy Carothers
Betsy Carothers

Thank you so much for posting this recipe! My Aunt made this icing to top all of our birthday cakes growing up. It is delicious, gorgeous, and timeless. Perfect for any occasion!

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