Seven-Minute Frosting

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.

Prep
15 mins
Yield
enough frosting to cover a 10" tube or 2- or 3-layer cake
Seven-Minute Frosting

Instructions

  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.