Light and fluffy icing. Perfect for an angel food cake. You would swear it was a boiled frosting, all the taste, very little effort! I like to change it up a bit and use maple or peppermint extract instead of the vanilla.

Debi

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
3 cups
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, stir together the white sugar, egg white, vanilla, cream of tartar, and boiling water. Beat using an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. If you have a stand mixer, use the whisk attachment.

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Nutrition Facts

67 calories; protein 0.3g 1% DV; carbohydrates 16.8g 5% DV; fat 0g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 4.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2005
This icing is wonderful!! Very light and not too sweet! I think the trick is to beat the egg/sugar/cream of tartar mixture first before adding the boiling water. Then add the vanilla. We had no problem getting it fluffy as did the last review. Extra icing also stores well in the frig for later use. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/22/2004
This took forever! I had to beat it for 35 minutes to get it anywhere stiff enough to frost a cake. Stiff peaks never did come into the picture. Absolute thumbs down. Read More
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157 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 91
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 20
Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2005
This icing is wonderful!! Very light and not too sweet! I think the trick is to beat the egg/sugar/cream of tartar mixture first before adding the boiling water. Then add the vanilla. We had no problem getting it fluffy as did the last review. Extra icing also stores well in the frig for later use. Read More
(120)
Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2006
FANTASTIC! I didnt have any cream of tartar so I used salt and it came out fantastically. I had to beat it for about 3 minutes longer but WOW! It was gobbled up with requests for more. (I used it on deep dish brownies.) A keeper! Read More
(67)
Rating: 4 stars
05/12/2006
This is yummy! Very easy, too! I was a little worried when I put all the ingredients in the bowl and saw a brownish colored mess, but was more than pleased to discover that after some faithful beating, it turned into a beautiful, fluffy white icing! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2008
this turned out so wonderful! right at the end of beating i added just about 1/4 package of lime jello mix. it gave the icing perfect amount of a lime flavor and a beautiful light green color. you can mix and match different colors and flavors to get some really great tastes! i am not a fan of frosting so this was perfect for me on cupcakes! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/22/2004
This took forever! I had to beat it for 35 minutes to get it anywhere stiff enough to frost a cake. Stiff peaks never did come into the picture. Absolute thumbs down. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/13/2007
i made this icing for angel food cake. very good!! would suggest storing iced cake in the fridge as the icing "sweats" the sugar into a syrup on the bottom of the plate when left out on counter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/10/2006
Wonderful! Very easy. I blended the sugar egg white and creme of tartar together first then added the boiling water. I had doubled the recipe but there was no need as it made plenty. I was skeptical at first b/c it took a while. It took about 12 minutes with the stand mixer and turned out lovely. Make sure to serve the same day it's prepared. Will definitely use again!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2007
This is just like my Grandma used to make and I have been searching for this recipe for years. I halved this recipe and put 2 tablespoons of Marshmallow creme into the mixture. Turned out perfect and plenty for my Angel food cake. This is definitely a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2011
I just made this icing and it turned out beautifully! I'm not sure if it matters or not but I had my ingredients (egg white) at room temperature (I put all the ingredients except water in a bowl while the cake was baking and cooling). I added a pinch of salt to the dry ingredients (1/8 tsp?), mixed the ingredients and then added the boiling water. I found it took about 5-6 minutes on medium / med-high speed (I started on medium for a few minutes and finished on med-high). Read More
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