Have you ever wished you could find that perfect, healthy alternative to cream cheese or sugar frosting?  But there’s only so much you can change right?  Full-fat to low fat cream cheese, but that makes the icing sloppy or reduce a bit of sugar out of guilt, but then that affects the taste.  You could substitute for icing sugar and water, but that still isn’t really there when it comes to frosting is it?  Why substitute or compromise at all, when I have the perfect solution…Also it will appeal to those with allergies to dairy and diabetics as low GI.

Well, let me tell you, there IS an alternative and it’s the form of Italian meringues of all things…It pipes perfectly (providing you use it straight away) and it doesn’t go brittle or harden.

So, with just egg whites, cream or tartar, vanilla extract and xylitol or stevia (sugar alternatives), you can create a low-fat, low carb and natural sugar alternative icing.  Who’d know?  Just take a look at the picture….with a blow torch, you can even create something more theatrical.

Calorie wise, we’re only talking 60 per cupcake for the icing and the batch is more than enough for 12 cupcakes.

Take a look for yourself at the recipe.  It’s really not as complicated as it might sound, if you follow each step.  Within 12-15 minutes you will be ready to pipe your very own ‘sugar alternative’ icing.

apricot, cinnamon & olive oil cupcakes with italian meringue frosting
Italian meringue style icing
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A low GI, low fat alternative to sugar frosting or cream cheese icing. This recipe is suitable for all. On the assumption you're baking 12 cupcakes, this recipe is just under 60 calories for the icing. Not bad, considering it still has flavour and that wow factor on top of your cakes!
Servings
12
Prep Time
12-15min
Cook Time
3-4min
Servings
12
Prep Time
12-15min
Cook Time
3-4min
apricot, cinnamon & olive oil cupcakes with italian meringue frosting
Italian meringue style icing
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Rating: 0
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A low GI, low fat alternative to sugar frosting or cream cheese icing. This recipe is suitable for all. On the assumption you're baking 12 cupcakes, this recipe is just under 60 calories for the icing. Not bad, considering it still has flavour and that wow factor on top of your cakes!
Servings
12
Prep Time
12-15min
Cook Time
3-4min
Servings
12
Prep Time
12-15min
Cook Time
3-4min
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Separate the eggs and put the whites into a heat-proof bowl, with the xylitol and cream of tartar.
  2. Set over a simmering saucepan (ban marie), whisking constantly for about 3 - 4 minutes until the sugar has completely dissolved and the whites are just warm to the touch (do not allow to get too hot), as this can affect the setting later.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer with a whisk attachment and beat, starting on a low speed, gradually increasing to full speed until the mixture turns glossy and stiff peaks are formed. This usually takes 5 - 7 minutes. Now add the vanilla extract until combined. Use immediately!
Recipe Notes

As the egg whites have not been fully cooked, you need to think carefully about storage.  It is preferable to eat within a couple of days of making.

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Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving
Calories 58kcal
Fat
Sodium
Carbohydrates
Sugars
Protein
0.02g
19mg
14g
13g
1g
0%
1%
5%
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving
Calories 58kcal
Fat
Sodium
Carbohydrates
Sugars
Protein
0.02g
19mg
14g
13g
1g
0%
1%
5%
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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