This recipe is at least 90 years old, my grandmother says they used it a lot during the depression. Also, you can substitute lemon, almond, or whatever for the vanilla if you're so inclined, but I like vanilla the best. It's also fat free.

Gary
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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a bowl combine the egg whites, corn syrup, and vanilla beat on high speed of an electric mixer for about 6 to 7 minutes. The longer you beat it the stiffer it gets. So if you like a stiff frosting continue beating a little longer.

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Editor's Note:

This recipe contains raw egg. We recommend that pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and the infirm do not consume raw egg. Learn more about egg safety from our article, Making Your Eggs Safe.

Nutrition Facts

61 calories; 0.5 g protein; 15.8 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 7.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (66)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2003
This is great when you want to make quick cup cakes for kids, and do not have frosting. I use it as a base. Add whip cream and/or butter for creamier texture. I like to add food coloring and fresh fruit (smashed) or fruit juice for variety. Spinkles are a hit with any kid. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/08/2003
WARNING!!! This recipe actually makes marshmallow fluff NOT vanilla frosting. Read More
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72 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 17
Rating: 2 stars
06/08/2003
WARNING!!! This recipe actually makes marshmallow fluff NOT vanilla frosting. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/21/2004
UGH this was horrible. Did not even taste like frosting for a cake. Thankfully I decided to test it before serving it to my family on Thanksgiving. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2003
This is great when you want to make quick cup cakes for kids, and do not have frosting. I use it as a base. Add whip cream and/or butter for creamier texture. I like to add food coloring and fresh fruit (smashed) or fruit juice for variety. Spinkles are a hit with any kid. Read More
(55)
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Rating: 3 stars
11/24/2007
It didn't stay a thick frosting all day and it soked in to my cake. It wasn't over poweringly sweet which i liked. But it just fizzed out after a while. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2007
This recipe is almost the same as my grandmother's recipe from the depression days.(Note to everyone it is a recipe used in the days when money wasn't plentiful and neither were the ingredients you had to cook with.) We add some sugar and a bit more vanilla. For those who can appreciate an old recipe from the "good ole' days" I rate this one 5 stars. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/22/2010
I really wanted this one to work for me but it just wouldn't get thicker! I ended up beating it for ten minutes and it just did not work for me it was extremely liquidy. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/11/2008
VERY POOR RECIPE!!! IT LIKE LIQUID!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/22/2006
This was okay if you like marshmallows. But I couldn't really taste it on the cupcakes I made. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2004
This is a wonderful easy recipe to make and it tastes like dream whip but it's better! Read More
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