Seven-Minute Frosting

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This frosting was made famous in the 1950's.  With the revolution new electric mixers, wit would only take seven minutes of mixing to create a perfect light frosting.



Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationgluten-free, halal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Equipmentelectric mixer

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturesweet


  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (375 mL)
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar (1 mL)
  • 1/8 tsp salt (.5 mL)
  • 1/3 cup water (75 mL)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (7 mL)
  • Hand-held electric mixer


  1. In the top of a double boiler or a heatproof bowl, using hand-held electric mixer, whip sugar, cream of tartar, salt, water and egg whites on high speed for 1 minute. Place over saucepan of boiling water over medium heat, being sure that boiling water does not touch bottom of top pan. Beat on high speed until very light and fluffy, for 7 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Let cool.

  2. Variation:

  3. Beat 3 oz (90 g) unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled, with vanilla.


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