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Seven-Minute Frosting

A large stand-mixer beater covered with white, fluffy seven minute frosting.
This traditional frosting is fluffy, white, and almost meringue-like in texture. It's easy to make and takes 7 minutes to cook.
Martha Stewart

Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins
Total 10 mins
Dessert
American
4 cups
175 kcal

Ingredients 

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions 

  • In the metal bowl of a standing mixer set over (but not touching) a saucepan of simmering water, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water, egg whites, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar has completely dissolved, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Attach the bowl to the mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat the mixture on high speed until glossy, thick, and billowing peaks form, about, well, you know, 7 minutes. (Although truth be told, sometimes it doesn't take quite that long. When in doubt, just look at the picture above; that’s what you want.) Beat in the vanilla. Use to frost a cake or cupcakes immediately. Best when consumed within several hours.