Our pleasantly tart, pink-hued Hibiscus Powder serves two purposes in this easy, cloud-like meringue frosting: it lends a light, citrusy note and also acts as a natural food coloring.

Prep time: 0 min

Cook time: 15 min

Total time: 15 min

Hibiscus-Meringue-Frosted Vanilla Cupcakes
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Serves 12


  1. Place egg whites and vanilla in bowl of stand mixer and beat on low speed until peaks start to form.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk together water and sugar in medium saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Continue cooking until syrup reaches 235°F on candy thermometer.

  3. Increase mixer to medium-high speed and slowly add syrup to egg whites. Continue beating until stiff, glossy peaks form. Add Hibiscus Powder and continue beating until combined.

  4. Fill piping bag with frosting and pipe onto cupcakes. If desired, use kitchen torch to lightly toast meringue.