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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cake of Kisses

Cake of Kisses

Cake of Kisses

Ingredients:

8 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter
2 cups sugar
few drops red food coloring, if desired
3 cups whipping cream

1. Cover 2 cookie sheets with aluminum foil. On 1 sheet mark a 5-inch diamter circle and a 2-inch diameter circle. On the other sheet, mark a 4-inch diameter circle and a 3-inch diameter circle.

2. Beat 4 of the egg whites and 1/4 teaspoon of the cream of tartar in large mixer bowl at high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in 1 cup of the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating after each addition until sugar dissolves. Beat in food coloring to tint meringue pink.

3. Place meringue in large pastry bag fitted with 1/4 inch plain tube. Pipe meringue in two layers over circles on cookie sheets (two-layered meringue circles should be about 3/4 inch thick.



4. Smooth meringue with spatula. Bake in preheated 250°F oven until crisp and dry but not brown, about 1-1/4 hours. (If cookie sheets are on 2 oven racks, exchange positions of sheets after 30 minutes) Cool slightly; remove meringues from cookie sheets and cool on wire racks to room temperature. Discard foil.

5. Cover cookie sheets with clean foil. Mark a 6-inch diameter circle on 1 sheet.

6. Beat remaining 4 egg whites and remaining 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar in a large bowl at high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining 1 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating after each addition until sugar dissolves.

7. Place meringue in pastry bag fitted with 3/4 inch plain tube; pipe meringue over circle on cookie sheet. Pipe 17 meringue kisses, each 1-1/2 inches in diameter, onto cookie sheet with meringue circle.

8. Using all meringue remaining in bag, pipe smaller kisses, each 1 inch in diameter, onto other cookie sheet.

9. Place both sheets in preheated 250°F oven, placing sheet with smaller kisses on lowest shelf. Bake until smaller kisses are crisp and dry., about 30 minutes. Remove smaller meringues from oven. Transfer remaining cookie sheet to lowest shelf; bake 30 to 45 minutes longer. Cool kisses on wire rack to room temperature. (Note: Meringue circles and kisses can be stored in airtight containers up to 2 days before assembling cake, if desired.)

10. Beat cream in clean large mixer bowl at high speed until stiff peaks form. Place 6-inch meringue circle on serving plate, spread with 3/4 cup of the whipped cream. Top with 5-inch meringue; spread with 1/2 cup of the whipped cream. Top with 4-inch meringue, spread with 1/4 cup of the whipped cream. Top with 3-inch meringue, spread with 2 tablespoons of the whipped cream. Top with 2-inch meringue; spread with 2 tablespoons of the whipped cream.

11. Place remaining whipped cream in a clean pastry bag fitted with small star tube. Pipe circle of cream around outside of 6-inch meringue circle; arrange 16 of the 1-1/2 inch kisses around 6 inch circle by pressing bottoms of kisses gently into cream. Reserve remaining 1-1/2 inch kiss. Pipe another circle of whipped cream around 5-inch meringue; arrange 1-inch kisses around meringue. Continue procedure to cover all meringue circles with whipped cream and kisses; place reserved 1-1/2 inch kiss on top of cake. Pipe small stars of whipped cream between kisses. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 4 hours.
Dessert Cooking Class Cookbook © 1982.
Cake of Kisses | Dessert Cooking Class Cookbook 1982
Happy Valentine's Day!

Tabi, Noah, Grammy Loves You!

26 comments:

  1. How sweet is that?? And fun to put together too.
    Meringues are somewhat of a problem in Florida unless you eat them the same day. I bake them a tad longer which helps.
    Happy Valentines Day to you, Louise!

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  2. I love this! Perfect for Valentine's Day..and any time!

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  3. If only either of us liked meringues... it's very pretty though!

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  4. Oh my goodness, Louise! Talk about a cake requiring no preamble! This is not only beautiful and unique, but completely delightful. I've never seen anything like it.I'll get you had a lot of fun making the kisses and and even more assembling the whole thing. I love it! :)

    Jane

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  5. Louise

    This is such a fun whimsical adorable and delicious sweet creation! Love it!!!

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  6. That is just beautiful Louise; I am so impressed; you are full of talent!
    Rita

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  7. Wow, Wow, Wow!!! I might actually consider celebrating Valentine's Day if served this! Personally I love meringue - I love that sweet, delicate, poofy crunch you get in your mouth.

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  8. Oh, so pretty! I love the idea.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  9. What a perfect Valentines dessert, not too heavy and oh so pretty.

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  10. Louise, this cake is just perfect for the Valentine's Day...with lots and lots of kisses :-)

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  11. This is so pretty Louise! I love it for Valentines Day and it looks Christmasy too. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  12. That's adorable and so clever! Your grandkids are awfully lucky to have such a talented grandmother! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. What a glorious creation, Louise. I can't get over how pretty that is. I wager than folks with a really sweet tooth would love it. I hope you had a great day and enjoyed the evening with your Valentine. Blessings...Mary

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  14. That is stunning, Louise. I don't have the patience.

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  15. i'm so impressed! this is a lovely and exquisite creation, and i can certainly appreciate how much effort was put into making it!

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  16. This is a truly spectacular cake, wow!

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  17. Well, that's just too cute for words! I love meringue anything!

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  18. Thanks Debbie. Your Lemon Bars look pretty darn good too!!!

    Thanks Barbara. Your delicate lemon cookies look "sweet" too:)

    Thanks, Janet I'll be by to check out that Martha cake tomorrow:)

    Personally, Channon, I'm picky meringuer, myself:)

    Oh Jane! when I read this comment I had such a warm chuckle inside. I wish I could say I made this cake but I can not tell a lie, I wouldn't even attempt it. I'm deeply flattered that you, who bakes the most gorgeous cakes EVER!, would even entertain the notion that I was capable of such a feat. I may just have to try it to earn the faith you have in me. Thank you!!!

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  19. Thanks Joumana, I thought the grand kids would get a kick out of it!

    No talent here, Rita. But, thanks. I'm flattered that you would think I could create such a masterpiece:)

    I too adore meringue when it is made properly, T.W.

    Thanks Rosa

    Thanks, Oyster It is pretty isn't it?

    Thanks Reeni, it does look kinda Christmasy.

    Oh how I would love to actually make this when the grandkids visit in July, Kasha but I can't take credit for that quite yet.

    Thanks, duckie:)

    Thanks Mary. I wouldn't even begin to imagine what a "high" one would achieve just being in the same room as that tower of sweetness!!! My Valentine was Marion and we had a wonderful evening:)

    Me either, Chaya me either...

    I can appreciate the effort also, Grace. I can not tell a lie, I am not the creator:) But thanks for believing in me:)

    Thanks Natasha.

    I'm a meringuer lover to Marjie. Now there's a new word!!!

    Thanks Veron:)

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  20. I LOVE LOVE LOVE meringues. I've been craving them, too. That recipe looks perfect to satisfy my craving. Trouble is: I'm out of eggs!

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  21. With just a few simple ingredients you can create a great Valentine's Day dessert. Great idea. Thank you for the nice comment on my blog.

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