How to make fun treats for Easter

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Looking for a way to make your Easter treats special? Chef Jeanette Payne with the Ritz-Carlton visits WBTV to share simple ways to make basic treats come alive with colorful and simple holiday decorations.

The recipe Jeanette is sharing is for Italian Buttercream, which can be used as a versatile foundation for this cake-top art. Here is the recipe:

Italian Buttercream -- Ingredients:

¾ cup sugar

5 large egg whites

4 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla

In a saucepan, combine ½ cup sugar and ¼ cup water. Cook without stirring until it reaches 230 degrees Fahrenheit.

While sugar is heating, place egg whites in a mixing bowl and whip with ¼ cup sugar to form medium peaks.

Continue to cook sugar until it reaches 240 degrees Fahrenheit. Then pour sugar syrup over egg whites while they mix on low. Continue to mix for 3 minutes or until they have cooled. Slowly add butter and vanilla and continue to whip until butter cream is light and fluffy.

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