This frosting takes approximately seven minutes to make.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
7 mins
total:
17 mins
Servings:
32
Yield:
2 cups
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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine sugar, water, egg whites, salt, corn syrup, and vanilla in the top of a double boiler. Beat all ingredients about one minute before placing bowl or pan over the heat.

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  • Place over rapidly boiling water; beat at high speed until the mixture forms soft peaks. (This may take longer than 7 minutes).

  • Transfer frosting mixture to large bowl; beat until the mixture is thick and cool enough to spread.

Nutrition Facts

40 calories; protein 0.2g 1% DV; carbohydrates 9.9g 3% DV; fat 0g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 40.3mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (20)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
My 97-years old Grandmother used to make this for our birthdays when we were kids. It is so creamy and delicious! It has a marshmallow-like flavor. Read More
(22)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/14/2007
Nice flavor, especially with my favorite Mexican vanilla, but I thought it was still rather grainy, and also found it much too sweet (hard thing to accomplish considering my killer sweet tooth). Might try again with a reduced amount of powdered sugar for a silkier texture, but I wasn't teriibly impressed with this recipe. Read More
(6)
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
My 97-years old Grandmother used to make this for our birthdays when we were kids. It is so creamy and delicious! It has a marshmallow-like flavor. Read More
(22)
Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2008
With a yellow cake, the taste and texture are very nice. The icing has a mildly crispy meringue shell and adds moisture to the cake especially if kept unrefrigerated. The seven minutes the title purports is totally inaccurate. It took at LEAST 20 minutes with my hand mixer before the meringue got to the soft peak stage. As for the act of frosting, that can be a bit challenging. This icing is a bit thin for my liking. I ended up with icing all over my counter. This frosting is just not very effective for layered cakes, as it just oozes out from between the layers. This may have been avoided if allowed to completely dry before adding another layer. Try fresh berries instead. It takes quite a few (four or more) hours to completely set. I would have been building this cake for a few days had I gone by that method. The drying time (for lack of a better term) also prohibits stencils from being used effectively. To the credit of this icing, it DOES taste GREAT and contains much less fat and calories than a butter-cream type of frosting. Making this recipe is a challenging, but rewarding experience. Seven minute frosting complimented the yellow cake from King Arthur Four's Baker's Companion very nicely indeed. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2005
YUM! So much better than canned! The texture is all marshmallowy and gooey while you spread it on the cake and then turns into a light regular frosting as it dries. I had to make sure I didn't eat too much while it was in the gooey stage. Yummy yum! Read More
(17)
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2010
This was the perfect frosting for my cake. I love the light, stickiness . . . it did take much longer than seven minutes for me. As another reviewer, it probably took at least 30 minutes over the boiling double boiler with the mixer. If it isn't thick enough, keep cooking. I took it off and thought I could beat it thicker, and then put it back over the boiling water until it was thick, then just beat it until it was cool enough to ice the cake. This icing is exactly what my mom used to make, lots of great memories eating the cake! Read More
(7)
Rating: 3 stars
01/14/2007
Nice flavor, especially with my favorite Mexican vanilla, but I thought it was still rather grainy, and also found it much too sweet (hard thing to accomplish considering my killer sweet tooth). Might try again with a reduced amount of powdered sugar for a silkier texture, but I wasn't teriibly impressed with this recipe. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2005
The best it taste like my mother's Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/17/2004
Although this recipe was easy to make, it was however VERY sweet. I served it on a spice cake and noticed that most of my guests had scraped the frosting off the cake and just the cake was eaten. If you truly like sweet, sugary frosting, this recipe is for you, however I won't make again. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2009
great recipe. very sticky but a crowd pleaser Read More
(3)
Rating: 4 stars
03/30/2010
I'm only giving this 4 stars because it is a lot of work. The end result is sweet and delicious but it does take a lot longer than seven minutes which I think makes this recipe misleading. I also don't have a proper double boiler so until I solve that problem this shall remain a four-star frosting. Great on lemon cake! Read More
(2)
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