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7-Minute Frosting

By Paula Deen


Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Servings: 10



  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (or 1 tablespoon white corn syrup) cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon 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.