7 Minute Frosting

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The 7-minute icing is light and fluffy, with the perfect brilliant white. This meringue-like icing practically melts in your mouth and takes less than 10 minutes to make.

We love recipes that honor the way our grandmothers made them, and 7 Minute Frosting is just that. This traditional icing recipe may be slightly different than any other icing recipe you’ll make because it’s cooked! Don’t worry, we’ll guide you through the process. While cooked icing may be a first for you, it’s certainly not difficult to make, and we know you’ll love this icing that’s reminiscent of marshmallow fluff!

How can I make a 7 minute frosting without a double boiler?

While a double boiler is nice, it’s not necessary. You can instead use a small saucepan filled with boiling water and a metal or glass bowl on top.


You need to separate the yolks from the whites. Only egg whites are needed for this recipe, any small amount of yolk will inhibit the ability to form stiff peaks, so you need to be careful. Room temperature egg whites will whip faster, but you can always use eggs straight from the refrigerator.


There are some recipes that just can’t be done with substitutions, unfortunately this is one such recipe. You will want to use real egg whites and follow all other ingredients and directions carefully.

A bowl fitted with a stand mixer filled with the 7 minute frosting.

How much frosting does this recipe make?

This recipe makes about 4 cups of frosting. How much frosting you need for your cake depends entirely on how you plan to frost it. Nutrition facts included in recipes are based on whole 4 cups.

Storage Instructions:

Because of the egg whites in this recipe, you’ll need to store the egg white-coated cake or cupcakes and leftover frosting in the refrigerator. It should keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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An overhead view of a brownie with 7-minute frosting.

The 7-minute icing is light and fluffy, with the perfect brilliant white. This meringue-like icing practically melts in your mouth and takes less than 10 minutes to make.

Preparation time 3 minute

cooking time 7 minute

total time 10 minute

raw material

  • 4 large protein
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Create a double boiler by choosing a heat-resistant metal or glass mixing bowl that can be placed on top of the saucepan. Place 2 inches of water in the bottom of the saucepan. The bottom of the bowl should not touch the water, but should hover above, supported by the pan. Bring the water in the saucepan to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium or medium and bring to a simmer.

  • Meanwhile, place a heatproof mixing bowl on the counter. Add egg whites, sugar, water, salt and cream of tartar.

  • Place the bowl over boiling water. Using a hand mixer (or stirring vigorously with your hands), beat the egg mixture over the bain-marie for 7 minutes.

  • After 7 minutes, carefully remove mixing bowl from pan and place on counter. Add vanilla extract and beat with hand mixer for an additional 1 to 2 minutes, until frosting forms stiff peaks and holds its shape. Use to frost any completely cooled cake or cupcake.

Calories: 261kcal | carbohydrate: 63G | protein: 3G | fat: 1G | sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 83mg | sugar: 63G | calcium: 3mg | iron: 1mg

7 minute frosting