7-Minute Frosting

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Servings: Frosting for 1 layer cake or approximately 8-12 cupcakes
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 7 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1/3 cup water
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar or 1 tablespoon white corn syrup
1 1/2 cup sugar
2   egg whites
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract





Place sugar, cream of tartar or corn syrup, salt, water and egg whites into a mixing bowl and beat for 1 minute with a handheld electric mixer.  Using the double boiler method, place the bowl over the top of rapidly boiling water, making sure that boiling water does not touch the bottom of the top bowl.  (If this happens, it could cause your frosting to become grainy.)  Beat constantly on high speed with electric mixer for 7 minutes.  Remove the bowl from the boiler and gently stir in vanilla with a spatula.

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

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this woman is the best cook ever, thanks for the help in my kitchen Paula Dean

By Anette L Tafoya on August 12, 2013


After trying a recipe in a cookbook that I totally bombed and had to throw out. I tried this recipe and first try it worked!!!!! YEAH... I didn't put the salt in it..not sure what that is for or does but it turned out good. I may have over cooked although I timed it and let it go 7 min. but I had some that stuck to the lower edge of pot that was crusty the rest of it was marshmellow cream shiny though.

By Anonymous on March 28, 2013


Jamies Coconut cake receipe was incomplete. Finally got the directions for the icing, but am not sure how to ice it since you have the last of the filling on top of the cake. Can't find this anywhere. Please advise as I need to make this on Sun. for my son's birthday. Thanks

By susan short on March 21, 2012


Frosting is great easy to make and tastes great

By maria c on March 18, 2012


I am waiting to use this for my sons 42nd Birthday. I use to make this same German Chocolate cake years ago and then put the 7 minute frosting on but it has been many years since I made it. I am wondering if I let the 7 Minute Frosting cool some before putting it on the cake.

By Joyce on January 27, 2012


The cooking show, showed me how to make sum receipes I been want to make for along time. So thank u for cooking and showing me how to use real food.

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By Derorah Richards on May 01, 2011


How do you keep 7 minute icing from melting away.

By Anonymous on April 13, 2011

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