Monday, April 13, 2009

A Very Special Icing Recipe

Called my Great Grandma Peggy on the way home from yoga one day a few weeks ago and asked about her icing she always put on the Angel Food cakes she would make (my all-time favorite cake). She told me the recipe and so I set out to make it - took me a time or two to get it right, but it turned out delicious! Though it wasn't not quite the same as hers - she has that grandma touch that makes everything 50-times better!

(Sorry to the taste-testers on the first batch, though I had heard good things, I knew it wasn't right...I had used a different kind of margarine and I could taste the difference even if no one else could.)

Great Grandma Peggy's White Icing

5 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oleo (she uses Imperial - the stick kind of margarine)
1/2 cup Crisco (white, not butter flavored)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Heat flour and milk in a saucepan on the stove until mixture thickens.
Cool in the refrigerator for one hour.
Add sugar and vanilla to mixture.
Combine oleo and Crisco and add to mixture.
Beat together until smooth.

I haven't had the icing on anything other than Angel Food Cake (which is what is pictured above - just in cupcake form - directions for the cupcake version should be on the side of the cake mix box) - on which it is DIVINE, but experiment as you chose! :)

Also, if anyone knows where to find the "Hospitality" brand of Angel Food Cake mix - please let me know. That is what my Grandma always used until the Kroger in our hometown stopped carrying it. I couldn't find it at the Kroger on my side of town - but keep your eyes open if you're in the Indiana/Indianapolis/Franklin/Lafayette area and let me know if you see it - if I find it I am supposed to pick her up a few boxes and I would love to be able to find it for her!


Kellie said...

every year for my birthday my mom made this very same icing for my angel food bundt cake- BUT...she would add halved maraschino cherries and some juice from the jar so the icing turned out pink! it's my all time favorite! for the past several years, she's even sent the cake in the mail with the frosting in a separate nostalgic! have a great day!

Momma Val said...

Those look heavenly! Thanks for posting the recipe, story and cupcake. Nobody can ever make grandma's special foods like grandma. My Polish grandma made so many fabulous foods and most of which recipe's died with her years ago. My mother has her pineapple cheesecake recipe but it is never quite the same when she makes it.

Stacy said...

Kellie - Maraschino cherries sound like a great addition to the icing@ I will have to try that next time!

Momma Val - I did find out that she beats the mixture for 8-10 minutes and I only kept at for maybe 2 - so that could have been part of the reason they didn't turn out so well. :)

corrin said...

What an interesting recipe! I'm going to have to try it. I know my grandma used to make a special angel food icing too, but I've never been able to figure it out. It was so light and fluffy. Almost like whipped cream.