The Perfect White: Swiss Meringue Buttercream

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” Coco Chanel

The colour white is colour at its most complete and pure, the colour of perfection. The psychological meaning of white is purity, innocence, wholeness and completion, the colour of new beginnings. It is the blank canvas waiting to be written upon. While white isn’t stimulating to the senses, it opens the way for the creation of anything the mind can conceive. White contains an equal balance of all the colors of the spectrum, representing both the positive and negative aspects of all colors. Its basic feature is equality, implying fairness and impartiality, neutrality and independence. New lives come into the world with a perfect balance of white, ready to imprint their lives with all the colors of the spectrum from all life experiences.

The colour of snow, white is often used to represent coolness and simplicity. White’s association with cleanliness and sterility makes it pleasing to the human eye, a bright and brilliant colour that can present the perfect elegance on a cake: pleasing to the eye, pleasing to the needs…really is a thing of beauty….

“Black and white, oldest of the vintages, newest of the last season.” Vikrmn

Ingredients
3 large egg whites
250g caster sugar
Pinch of salt
Few drops of vanilla extract
300g unsalted butter, softened

Method
Tip the egg whites into a bowl and add the sugar and salt. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and stir until the sugar dissolves completely. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk the mixture, preferably using a table-top mixer, until it becomes a thick meringue and whisk in the vanilla extract. Cut the butter into chunks and whisk it in – the mixture may collapse and go runny, but keep whisking it at full speed and it will combine together to give a fluffy buttercream. Use this buttercream to frost any cake or cupcake. It can be frozen stored in an airtight container for up to a month.

“A lie has many colours, while white is the only faithful colour of truth.” Munia Khan

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