Saturday, Brad declared he wanted cake. But not just any cake. He wanted an Italian Creme Cake. (My aunt brought one to Christmas and it was the first time he had tried it.) I said, OK, but I need a few ingredients- namely, powdered sugar (I used all mine making petit fours the day before). So, out we went, into the snow and ice. 3 miles up the road to a small grocery store.
They wouldn't let us in. They closed at 5.
It was 5:04.
On the way back to the house, we see the new dollar general. Powdered sugar? That's possible. We park, get out, and a nice guy at the door informs us they are closed.
Again, at 5.
It was now 5:08.
Brad was just not going to get his cake.
Once we got home, I dug through the cabinet once more, just to check to see if some powdered sugar wasn't hiding somewhere.
It wasn't, but I did find brown sugar. Surely someone has made frosting with brown sugar.
To the internet!
Yes. I found a brown sugar meringue recipe. There were several, but I used the one I linked to. Because of the egg whites involved, I had to whip it for what felt like forever, but it was probably about 10 minutes. But I cheated. The recipe tells you to use a hand mixer, I used my stand mixer and occasionally set it on the stove in a double boiler and whisked it by hand.
Again, cheating, but I guess I threw away my hand mixer a long time ago, because I couldn't find it.
For the cake, I cheated again and took a regular white cake mix and added 1 cup of chopped pecans and 1 cup of coconut.
(There's a thin layer of frosting in the middle, but the cake absorbed it. This might work better on a sheet cake.)
If you've never had a brown sugar frosting, you are in for a pleasant surprise. The flavor was rich and complex, deeper, if you will. But being a meringue, the overall texture was light and fluffy.
It was divine. And I really liked the way the thick layer of frosting reminded me of the snow that surrounded us.