ah, the cakes turned out lurvely, as did the easy-peasy luvvely-jubbly microwave frosting: 1 c. of sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 tsp. corn syrup, dash of salt, 2 egg whites. place first four ingredients in microwaveable glass measuring cup, set microwave to high, cook for 5 minutes (it will be boiling). beat egg whites with mixer until soft peaks form, pour hot syrup gradually into egg whites while continuously beating, until frosting becomes all light and fluffilicious.
of course i remembered too late that the egg whites weren't completely cooked in this recipe (the hot sugar mixture should 200ºF on a candy thermometer, but the eggs won't get anywhere near that), so all the preggie women couldn't have the frosted cakes. i left some unfrosted, which were duly ignored by everyone, and balefully looked on by the gestating group.
unfrosted and with teeth marks