Ingredients

How to make it

  • Bring 1 3/4 cups sugar and water to a boil in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved, then wash down any sugar crystals from side of pan with a pastry brush dipped in cold water. Boil, without stirring, until it registers 220 to 225°F, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • At this point, while continuing to boil syrup, beat whites with espresso powder, vanilla, cream of tartar, and salt in mixer at medium speed until they just hold soft peaks. Add remaining 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating, and beat until whites just hold stiff peaks.
  • When syrup reaches soft-ball stage (238 to 242°F), immediately pour syrup in a slow stream down side of bowl into whites (avoid beaters) while beating at high speed. Beat until completely cool, 25 to 30 minutes. With mixer at medium speed, add butter 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition (see cooks’ note, below) and until buttercream is smooth. (Mixture may look curdled before all butter is added but will come together at end.)
  • Transfer 2 cups buttercream to a small bowl and stir in chocolate. If buttercreams are too soft to spread, chill, stirring occasionally
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  • Cooks’ notes: •If buttercream looks soupy after some butter is added, meringue is too warm: Chill bottom of bowl in an ice bath for a few seconds before continuing to beat in remaining butter.
  • •Buttercreams can be made 1 week ahead and chilled or 1 month ahead and frozen. Bring to room temperature (do not use a microwave), about 2 hours, and beat with an electric mixer until spreadable.
  • •The egg whites in this recipe are not fully cooked.

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    " It was excellent "
    crystal_777 ate it and said...
    This would be very nice in a wedding cake might give this one a go
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  • dollhead 5 years ago
    Mmmmmmmm-sounds like a winner with that 12 layer cake!
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    " It was excellent "
    ahmed1 ate it and said...
    Really perfect!!
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    " It was excellent "
    theiris ate it and said...
    BIG Yumm! Mare
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    " It was excellent "
    annieamie ate it and said...
    What a great recipe, Peeta! Thanks for the easy clear directions, too. I'll have to check out the 12 layer cake now! Thank you again!
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