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Seven-Minute Frosting

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic


Seven-Minute Frosting Recipe

Seven-minute frosting has been around since at least the early 1900s. To make the unique texture this frosting is known for, egg whites and sugar are combined and beaten over simmering water, to dissolve the sugar and achieve a very light, fluffy texture.

At a glance

enough frosting to cover a 10" tube or 2- or 3-layer cake.
Nutrition information


Choose your measure:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup or 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In the top of a double boiler, combine the sugar, water, egg whites, corn syrup or cream of tartar, and the pinch of salt.
  2. Beat with an electric mixer at low speed for 30 seconds, then set the pan over (but not touching) simmering water. Continue beating at high speed for about 7 minutes, or until it's stiff and glossy.
  3. Remove from the heat, add the vanilla, and beat for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Use right away, as the frosting will set quickly.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 19g
  • Servings Per Batch 24
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 50
  • Calories from Fat 0g
  • Total Fat 0g
  • Saturated Fat 0g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 13g
  • Sodium 20mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 13g
  • Dietary Fiber 0g
  • Sugars 13g
  • Protein 0g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.