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7 minute frosting in a bowl with a spoon

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7-Minute Frosting

This 7 minute frosting recipe makes some of the most FLUFFY, bright WHITE frosting you've ever seen! You'll love the meringue-like texture.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • cup cold water
  • 2 eggs whites
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Make a double boiler by choosing a heat-safe metal or glass mixing bowl that can sit on top of a saucepan. Place 2 inches of water in the bottom of the saucepan. The bottom of the bowl should not touch the water. Bring the water in the saucepan to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium or medium-low and leave it at a simmer.
  • Add the sugar, water, egg whites, cream of tartar and salt to the mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat the mixture for 30 seconds on low speed until combined.
  • Place the mixing bowl over the simmering water and cook while mixing with the electric mixer on high speed for 7 minutes or until the frosting forms stiff peaks.
  • Remove the bowl from the heat and mix in the vanilla. Mix for another 2-3 minutes until the consistency is spreadable.
  • Working somewhat quickly, frost the top and sides of 1 angel food cake, or two 8 or 9-inch layer cakes. The frosting will set as it cools. Enjoy!


  • Make sure you whip the frosting enough so it forms stiff peaks. After the 7 minute cook time you'll want to whip it for an addition 2-3 minutes.
  • You'll want to work quickly to frost the cake once it's ready. Make sure the cakes are cooled and ready to go before you start making the frosting.
  • You can pair this frosting with any cake or cupcakes, including devil's food cake, coconut cake, or any other dessert that calls for a Swiss meringue recipe.


Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 17mg | Sugar: 37g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg