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Seven Minute Frosting Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 16 Slices 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Refrigerator
  • Cuisine: American


Follow the easy step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions for our Seven Minute Frosting Recipe. You’re sure to love this old fashioned frosting recipe that’s so easy to make. It’s light, marshmallow fluffy texture is, a quick and easy change from all those butter cream frostings you’ve been making. Leave it plain, color it or, add a little flavoring for a frosting you can have ready to eat… in seven minutes.



  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt


  1. Place water in a small sauce pan.
  2. Add Sugar but, do not stir.
  3. Place saucepan over medium-high heat, bring to 238º.
  4. While sugar is cooking, separate the egg whites from the yolks. Save yolks for use later.
  5. Place the egg whites in a large mixing bowl.
  6. Add the Cream of Tartar.
  7. Add the pinch of Salt.
  8. Use a blender, on high speed and beat egg whites until they form soft peaks.
  9. When sugar syrup reaches 238º, slowly add, in a small stream, to the egg whites.
  10. Continue to beat the egg whites on high speed while adding all the sugar syrup over about a 5 minute period of time. Careful, the sugar syrup is very hot.
  11. Add the Vanilla Extract and beat another minute or so to incorporate the vanilla. Continue to beat only as long as needed to form firm peaks.
  12. Work quickly to spread over cake as the egg whites may continue to firm up and set.
  13. Enjoy!


If concerned about using egg whites, use pasteurized eggs to make the frosting. Frosted cakes and cupcakes are best stored covered, on the counter. It doesn’t like the refrigerator because of the moisture and doesn’t freeze very well at all.

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