This is the icing my mum has made for me ever since I can remember! They were on all my birthday cakes, & she would often make cakes for us through high school & we would still fight over who got to lick the bowl once she had iced the cake.
You need a double boiler, or a make-shift version of one, as this is what really makes the icing work. And an electric beater – if not, rope your husband in to do the beating with a whisk (as I had to early this morning!).
1½ cups Sugar
¼ tsp Cream of Tartar
⅛ tsp Salt
⅓ cup Water
2 Egg Whites
1½ tsp Vanilla Essence
1. Place sugar, cream of tartar, salt, water and egg whites in the top of a double boiler.
2. Beat with a handheld electric mixer for 1 minute.
3. Place pan over boiling water, being sure that boiling water does not touch the bottom of the top pan (if this happens, your frosting could become grainy).
4. Beat constantly on high speed with electric mixer for 7 minutes.
5. Beat in vanilla.
6. Use this immediately to ice the cake as it sets/hardens quite quickly.
I usually make my mum’s flop-proof chocolate cake with this icing on top & it is absolutely divine. Enjoy!
If you are anything like me, this nationwide lockdown has made me eat my feelings. I have found every excuse under the sun to bring out my recipe book and try something new – and majority of the time it has eased my sweet tooth. There is not much available at the shops in terms of baking ingredients, so I boxed clever and made a staple that I could actually find the ingredients in my grocery cupboard. PLUS you can make it in your microwave, and it is so quick and easy that you will find yourself reaching for this time and time again. Just please be careful of the hot sugar – this can cause serious burns and I would hate for any of you to get injured.
400g (500ml) Sugar
1 can Condensed Milk
25ml Vanilla Essence
10ml White Vinegar
1. Line a pan with silicone paper or foil.
2. Spray with Spray & Cook.
3. Microwave the butter for 1 minute in a deep microwaveable dish at 100% power.
4. Add the sugar, condensed milk and salt (to taste).
5. Do not stir, then microwave for 1 minute on 100% power.
6. Stir well with a wooden spoon.
7. Microwave for 10 minutes, stirring every 3 minutes.
8. Add the vanilla essence and vinegar.
9. Stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens.
10. Spoon into your pan, and smooth out.
11. Leave to cool slightly, and cut into squares before the fudge gets too hard.
12. Leave to cool completely and turn out from pan.
13. Break into blocks and enjoy!
This is honestly the easiest fudge recipe, and we have been making this since I was a small child. I love that you can make it in the microwave as well so you don’t have to stand for ages stirring the mixture in the pot. I add the salt to help break the extreme sweetness, but my mum has been known to add coffee or nuts too. Let me know any additions that you add too – I am sure I will be making this a few more times over the coming weeks…
Do you remember going to a market as a young child & being completely captivated by the young man spinning the candy floss in a great big red metal drum, & handing you this piece of magic wrapped around a stick? I was always enthralled by the sugar spinning & how this just melted in my mouth as soon as I popped it in. It still blows my mind that sugar makes that soft, gentle magic! And can I just add, the Afrikaans word for candyfloss has to be one of the most descriptive ones ever – SPOOKASEM (a direct translation is ghost breath).
I attended an event here in JHB & Von Fluff was part of creating the signature welcome drink. They had topped a gin cocktail with one of their unique flavoured candy flosses, & from that very first morsel, it was love…
Why candy floss: Nostalgic, Fun, whimsical and fluffy!! Need we say more!!
What are some of your different flavors: Our fan favourites include Salted Caramel, Piña Colada and Fireball.
We are always working on new flavours and toppings. Currently we have a Cucumber, Green Tea & Mandarine, Chai tea and Jasmine & Nectarine as firm favourites. We draw inspiration from childhood flavours, seasons and trends.
What are your day jobs: Lanah – Social Media & Marketing for a SA Pharmaceutical company & a small wedding venue in Blairgowrie.
Nicolene: Administration manager for a company called Timeless Tents, supplier of luxury canvas marquees and tents.
Tell me more about your cocktails with Tonic: About a year ago Tonic asked us if we would supply them with candyfloss for their Mother Fluffer Cocktail on a weekly basis. Since then we have changed the flavours of the topper a few times and done special orders for events and parties at Tonic. They now have a signature Von Fluff range that is only available at Tonic. We love the collaboration!
Do you supply corporates/events: Yes we do! Our petit black cart with matching bespoke umbrella loves to travel and will make a happy edition to any event. Fun, enticing and nostalgic. Guests (of all ages) will love it! We also do pre-packed bags that make great gifts or treats.
How can people get hold of you to place their order: Pop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or head to our website for more info.
What markets do you sell at: At the moment we are just at THE LINDEN MARKET but hoping in 2019 we can start looking at other markets in Jozi. There are so many cool markets in JHB lately. You’ve recently rebranded, tell me more about this & how you chose your logo: To celebrate our 1st birthday we wanted to update our look a bit. So Nicolene designed our new logo and we just LOVE it!!
Quote you live by: Our favourite life quote is: “Be groovy or leave, man.” Bob Dylan
Our candyfloss is rather huge, so when we spin at a market or event, we always tell the kids (and some grown-ups) “It needs to be at least twice the size of your head!” That is our candyfloss moto!
Anything else you want to add: If you are looking for that special something to brighten up your next event, party, wedding or launch then give us a shout! We can customize a package for any event.
Von Fluff as a whole have been so supportive & kind to me since I first messaged them, & I will always recommend them wherever possible. I feel so honoured to have got to know these ladies a little more, as well as getting chosen to sample some of their new flavours. The Spiced Chai is definitely up there in my favourite taste of all time!
Thank you ladies for your time, your passion for what you do, & for bringing candyfloss back at a whole new level.
Please contact Von Fluff to help you take your event to the next level, & make sure you pop past their store at the next market & make sure you buy at LEAST one bag. It may be difficult to choose your fave though!