7-Minute Frosting

Total Time:
12 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
7 min

Yield:
Frosting for 1 layer cake or approximately 8 to 12 cup cakes
Level:
Easy

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

Place sugar, cream of tartar or corn syrup, salt, water, and egg whites in the top of a double boiler. Beat with a handheld electric mixer for 1 minute. Place pan over boiling water, being sure that boiling water does not touch the bottom of the top pan. (If this happens, it could cause your frosting to become grainy). Beat constantly on high speed with electric mixer for 7 minutes. Beat in vanilla.


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Made exactly as instructed and it turned out great! It does have a strong vanilla flavor as some others have noted, but this was balanced when eaten on the cake. Made with a coconut icebox cake and it held up well in the fridge. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a very neutral-tasting frosting, which in some situations is good. It's not decadent, and I don't recommend it on cupcakes. It was very easy, though, if you know how to make a double boiler. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy!! It was a bit messy, but the frosting came out perfect! I had enough frosting for 24 normal size cupcakes coated with an inch of frosting. Was great on homemade dark chocolate cake!. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. Next time I'm going to use a coffee grinder to powder the sugar so it is easier to dissolve. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Unbelievable how incredibly easy this recipe is! And the results are out of this world good. It turns a run of the mill sheet cake into something divine. You have to try it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
ABSOLUTELY DIVINE! Mama is 7 months pregnant and craving a lot of sweets! Our family of 6 has never tried anything like this. Thanks again Mrs Paula for another hit! Like I always say you can't go wrong with a Paula Deen recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
For 7 minute frosting/marshmallow fluff frosting/fluffy white frosting, this is the best recipe out there. I, personally, am not a huge fan of this type of frosting; but my husband is, and this one is his favorite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe is good, and the result is tasty, but when I followed the directions, I didn't get frosting... I got marshmallow fluff item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic. Nice and moist. Next time I think I'll use coconut extract instead of vanilla. Very easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the way I remember it tasting when I was a kid! It takes me back! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am having some trouble, it don't seem like it is thick enough, it is kinda running. Will it thicken as it cools? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been stumped as to what to use for a double boiler because I like to double the recipe to frost a 6 layer cake. I have ended up getting frosting all over the place in the past! The video helped me to see that Paula used a large glass bowl over the boiler. Love the coconut cake recipe! Made for my mother's birthday last year and she raved about it all year so will make it again next week for her 88th birthday! Thanks, Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am trying this do you have to put it in the refig. after you frosting the cake. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and delicious recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Incredible! Just like marshmallow fluff. Use corn syrup for a better taste. Used it on devils food cupcakes and garnished with a candy corn....Happy Halloween! My hubby's office will enjoy for sure! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This frosting was one that my Mom always made for her seven children's birthday cakes. She would tint it whatever color we wanted. Today, I made this frosting my sister's 46th birthday cake. Our Mom passed away in 1996 at the tender age of 54 from lung cancer. Everyone enjoyed the frosting just as much as we did when we were little kids : It also brought back some very fond memories for my sister and I. Thank-you Paula. I can always count on you for the traditional recipes that we all love. My seventeen yr old daughter and I watch your shows together and she always says,"I just love Paula Deen Mom". She is aspiring to be a pastry chef after high school : item not reviewed by moderator and published
I been looking for over several years to find 7 mins. Frosting, Never dawned on me to look at the food channel, but I have to say Thanks again Paula because you have stuck with the Old time cooking, I made this Cake for My daughter 18th birthday with 7 minute frosting along with Home made cake Just like I had when I was 18 years old.... Her Great Grandma Had the recipe....for got to ask for it. Thank You again for allowing to pass down the a Traditions item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I made it for the first time tonight for my dad's Father's Day cupcakes - couldn't resist sampling one. So incredibly delicious! And I don't have a double boiler - I use a metal bowl over a saucepan with about 1-1/2" of water. Make sure the bowl you use will hold at least 4x the ingredients before you put it on the double boiler - this frosting really expands. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this frosting. I use it with lemon pie filling between the cake layers and the frosting on the side and top. I cover it with coconut. It makes a wonderful cake, especially at Easter. Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe turned out perfect! Just like Grandma's! Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My mom and I have been on a cupcake kick lately (Thank you Cupcake Wars!). I planned to make almond cupcakes but I didn't know what icing to make considering my lack of confectioners sugar and then I stumbled onto this recipe. And what's the verdict? Well, it didnt turn out so wonderful but it was all on me. I don't have a proper double boiler and my rig didn't quite work. It did exactly as warned and I had gritty icing. Nevertheless, the taste was great! I am obsessed with vanilla so I increased the amount of vanilla extract to at least twice the recommended and I added about a teaspoon of almond extract to make it go with my cupcakes a bit more, and it was quite tasty! My next trip to town and I'll be buying a proper double boiler and retrying this recipe! In the end, its basically the consistency of marshmallow cream but better because it's homemade. I really like the recipe, and hope I can do it more justice the next time I use it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was perfect! My mom used to make a 7 minute frosting and it is no longer in the B.C. cookbook...so I turned to the internet. This was just like hers; easy to make and turned out perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used to make a 7 Minute frosting that was great. Thought I would try this one. Easy to make and was beautiful. I made a 3 layer cake and doubled the frosting recipe using corn syrup. I had a nice tall cake with 3/4 inch frosting between the layers. To my surprise the next day when the cake was served, the frosting had broken down and bare spots were showing. There was NO frosting between the layers. So, my hint is....serve the cake immediately. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this today for the first time, just as the recipe instructs. It came out perfect and beautiful, and it also tastes good, very important. I will make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Egg whites and water don't mix. i tried this recipe, used all the ingredients, cream of tartar instead of cornstarch. It had a very wonderful glossy look when it was done but as i was stacking the cake with this frosting, it started oozing out. I set it in the fridge for a couple of minutes but it didn't keep its shape. I torched the frosting to give it structure, but it got worse. My suggestion is stick to swiss meringue; it holds on to the structure and doesn't slide all over the place. I finished my cake with the 7 minute frosting, and it ended up all over the fridge. It turned out that the meringue would not hold. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My mother made a german chocolate cake for my dad every year. This year I decided to surprise him with one .... we have not had it in years.... and it turned out just like Momma's did! Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Smooth, shiny, and tasty like a marshmallow! It was perfect! Thank you for helping me NOT buy any more trans-fat crappy frosting from a can. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe today and it took me nearly 30 mins to make the frosting thicken, I followed the instructions and it just did not want to thicken. I ended up having to microwave it for 2 mins with 30 seconds added at a time and then beat it some more so that it would thicken. The recipe calls for way too much vanilla, I put only 1 teaspoon in, because I know vanilla is overpowering, and it was still a bit strong. I would recommend using the microwave in this recipe and add less vanilla like I did. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I should've had this years ago....its so easy to remember..made mine with tarter not corn syrup( just think it would b healthier....but the sad thing is...my mixer broke and I had to mix it by hand and I didn't hav a double broiler so I did it ol skool way with the glass bowl into a pot...which worked fine..lot of steam...but after 10-15 mins of stirring really fast....I let it sit and then after an hour...i flipped my lemon bundt cake over and added the frosting...had to whip it up...( it would've been fluffier with electric mixer) but it still was fluffy and good...mmmmmm....and im keeping this for future cakes...because you can add any flavor besides vanilla...thanks paula..soooo much...your a lifesaver... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I live at 7200 ft, so I followed a previous reviewers advice and made mine in a sauce pan over low heat. It cam out perfect. It is fluffy and sweet, just like a marshmallow. I will definitely be making this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy to make and it turned out perfectly. I put the cake with the frosting under the broiler and it gave it a nice light brown color. Thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really needed a frosting for my cake. Did not read the instructions and added everything together. Oops noticed the double boiler problem. Well all you really have to do is cook the eggs. After mixing it all together Microwaved 30 seconds then blended on high. Did that about 4 times till i had a glossy yummy thick frosting. Delicious item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did everything exactly as the recipe indicated, but after 7 minutes (7 HOT MINUTES, standing over a stove in a New Orleans kitchen on a 90 degree day) the icing didn't thicken. I read the other reviews and poured my icing into a saucepot and beat it for 7 more minutes, but still nothing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
In answer to the comment about not setting up at high altitude -- it won't if you use a double boiler.The water does not get hot enough (boils at a lower temperature at high altitude). You need to cook it directly on the heat. I used a low-to-medium heat and kept beating and stirring so it would not scorch. Have made this several times and works great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Used new cream of tartar, even tried twice. Could this be a high altitude problem? We live at 5450. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Has anyone tried to double this recipe?? item not reviewed by moderator and published
My Nana taught me how to make this 7 Minute frosting when I was 14 years old. Now my family loves it when I make this.Thanks Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wanted to make this coconut cake for my family again, made the cake in the morning so it would cool. Was ready to make the 7 minute frosting and said "Oh, no!" can't mix this frosting in the pan on the stove. But thought, and decided to try it my way. I cooked up the water, salt, corn syrup in the pan for about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, I was wisking up the egg whites. I slowly pored the hot mixture into the eggwhites and it worked! Beat the heck out of the mixture and it actually came out better this way. I did not add any vanilla and it tasts just great! Just thought I would share this with any one who did the same thing I did by trading up to a wonderful Kitchenaid! joyce item not reviewed by moderator and published
The vanilla taste was overwhelming! Way too much! Yuck! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Like many of the other comments, my mother this frosting for everyone of the cakes on my birthday. It is to die for. I have searched for many years for this recipe for years. My mother knew it so well, she made it from memory. When she developed dementia, I thought it was lost forever. Of course, mine does not stiffen like my mom's did. Any suggestions to make the frosting stiffer? Thanks for your help. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My grandmother used to make this frosting, and I'm so glad I now have the recipe. My mom loves coconut so my grandma made a white cake with coconut milk, used the white 7 minute frosting, and sprinkled shredded coconut on top. I can't wait to surprise my mom with grandma's coconut cake! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My Mom used to make this exact recipe from the Fanny Farmer cookbook years ago - but our favorite was the Caramel version - substitue 1 cup of white sugar for brown - and put it on a chocolate cake - unbelievable! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Icky. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used one tsp. organic fair trade vanilla from Frontier instead of 1.5 tsp. vanilla as the recipe calls for. Since organic fair trade vanilla is quite strong, the flavor is amazine even with one tsp. I can't believe how awesome it turned out. Even better than Martha Stewart's recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I melted some instant coffee in a bit of hot water then filled the rest of the way with cold water to make the 1/3 c. of water. Mocha flavor in this heavenly frosting over chocolate cake with drops of chunky peanut butter baked in the cake - oh my! My husband said it was the best everything ever. Saved this recipe to my "favorites" recipe file. Thank you Paula Dean. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my son's 21st birthday cake. I didn't have a double boiler so I used a 6qt. pan, filled about 1/4 of it with water, brought it to a boil, then put a pyrex 4.5 qt (large) glass bowl over the boiling water (don't let it touch the water). Using a hand held mixer, I beat it for the 7 minutes and it came out perfect! I used Karo's light corn syrup and it tasted delicious. Spread it on the cake (mine was chocolate) immediately after beating. I will make this again instead of buying store bought frosting, no comparison. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Marshmallow Heaven...PERFECT!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is really a wonderful recipe and just like everyone says it's marshmellow - licious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was sooo good! I don't like real sweet frostings, so this was perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
excellent recipe! could use 1/2 teaspoon less of the vanilla extract. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I always loved my mom and mother-in-law's 7 minute frosting, but I was intimidated by the recipe that they had mastered. Now I can make this whenever I want and my family is thankful that I could recreate this old favorite a little more simply. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This frosting is heavenly. It is definately worth the time that you spend over the stove mixing the frosting with the mixer! It is creamy and fluffy. It tastes like marshmallow fluff. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thanks again Paula! Perfect with the 1-2-3-4 cake!! You absolutely ROCK!! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
this icing is the perfect accompanyment for jamie's coconut cake from this episode! mmmm!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Way too sweet, threw the first batch out and made a second batch with half the amount of sugar. I think I was looking for a marshmallow taste that I have tasted in 7 minute frosting. Althought this had great texture the taste was a little disappointing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has always been my favorite, I'm glad to have the recipe. No store bought icing comes close! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this "icing" for white cake mixes and today I will make it with a deviled food cake mix. It is always a hit!! Thanks Paula!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic. I went with the corn syrup instead of the cream of tartar and the frosting tasted great. The recipe does make a surprising amount of topping, though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this and it's wonderful. My mother used to make this same frosting and put it on devil's food chocolate double layer cake. It was to literally die for. Thank you, Paula, for bringing this yummy stuff back into my life again. (I only use corn syrup) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is marshmallow cream! It is so heavenly! My kids were like "MOM, it's marshmallow cream!" Just try this--it is soooo good. (use the corn syrup, not the cream of tarter) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This merengue type frosting was a lot easier to produce than your normal merengue or chiffon butter creams. You can flavor it last for something special. It is great for cakes where you plan to put lke nuts or confections on it it sets very well and holds it's shape. The only thing would be to be sure to use the corn syrup instead of the cream of tartar. I have made it both ways and the tarta leaves a funny aftertase that is nonexistent with the corn syrup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used to buy the package 7 minute frosting in the grocery store until it was discontinued. I panicked until I found this recipe. Thanks for sharing Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
great tast , easy for me as a new cook item not reviewed by moderator and published
put this on cone cakes,,, sprinkled with red or blue sprinkles for 4th of July, made a nice display of Red, Blue, on White frosting. ummm good D Brogan Lafayette, In item not reviewed by moderator and published
At on time they had a recipe on the powder sugar box. item not reviewed by moderator and published
what do u mean corn syrup like how much and where do u add it in? item not reviewed by moderator and published

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