There’s nothing sweeter than an old-fashioned recipe for 7 Minute Frosting. It’s made completely from scratch and so simple you will want to whip it up every time you get a craving for something sweet. Delicious and light, you will want to slather it over everything!
7 Minute Frosting
I’ve started quite the collection of frostings on this site. And with each one I add, the recipes just get better and better. Take this 7 minute frosting for example. It has to be my most favorite. It’s basically marshmallows in frosting form. I used it to top banana pudding cupcakes because it resembles the meringue topping on the classic banana pudding dessert.
It’s made with egg whites, granulated sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla. There’s no butter or loads of powdered sugar in this recipe. While I love buttercream frosting, sometimes it came be too rich and too sweet. Today’s 7 minute frosting solves all those problems!
Let’s look at what you need to make it
You need a stainless steel or any heatproof bowl. Put all the ingredients in, except for the vanilla, and whisk it continuously as it heats over a saucepan of simmering water. I find an electric hand mixer to work best for this. Once the frosting begins to thicken and has soft peaks, remove it from the heat. Add the vanilla and continue to beat it until it’s thick but spreadable.
This recipe is slightly different than the one I used for the cupcakes mentioned above. Let me tell you why…
Today’s recipe isn’t as stiff so it’s not good for piping. It’s shiny and feels silky on the tongue. It’s not overly sweet and has hints of vanilla. This makes it perfect for filling and icing ultra sweet, flavorful cakes. But because it isn’t a stiff frosting, you have to use an offset spatula to spread it onto the cake instead of piping it.
Tips for frosting success:
- Make sure the egg whites are at room temperature.
- Use an electric hand mixer so your arm doesn’t tire out from whisking.
- Once it has cooled to room temperature, use it immediately.
Tools you need to make 7 minute frosting
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Cookie Butter Frosting – You’ll want to put this frosting on EVERYTHING!
7 minute Frosting
- 3 large egg whites room temperature
- 1 and 1/3 cups granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine the egg whites, sugar, water, and corn syrup in a large stainless steel or any other heat proof bowl. Use an electric handheld mixer to beat the ingredients together until well combined. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Continue to beat on medium-low speed for 3 minutes. Turn the speed up to high and beat for 3-4 minutes or until soft peaks begin to form.
Remove from heat, add the vanilla extract, and continue beating on high until the frosting is thick and spreadable, about 1-2 minutes. Cool to room temperature and use immediately.