This silky, bright white frosting whips up in just seven minutes! It’s smooth, glossy, and has the flavor of marshmallow fluff. It can even be toasted! You might know this seven minute frosting as ‘boiled frosting’ or an Italian meringue like frosting.
My seven minute frosting will be perfect topped and toasted on my Gingerbread Cupcakes or layered between my Devil’s Food Cake. Also, if you’re looking for American buttercream, Oreo frosting, cream cheese, or caramel frosting I am here for you! GBC is frosting all of the cakes!
Making frosting can be intimidating, but don’t worry, you got this! Seven minute frosting is a simple recipe that anyone can master with a little patience and practice. Follow the recipe instructions carefully and use the recommended ingredients for the best results.
Why you’ll love this Recipe
- Quick & Easy: The title says it all, seven minute frosting!
- Perfect for cupcakes, a layer cake, or other fun treats!
- Seven minute frosting can be toasted with a kitchen torch or under a broiler, giving it a beautiful toasty finish and a slightly crunchy texture.
Why is it called Seven Minute Frosting?
The name “seven minute frosting” comes from the amount of time it takes to beat the frosting to the right consistency. The frosting should form stiff peaks after being beaten for seven minutes.
A few baking pantry basics are necessary to create a seven minute frosting. There isn’t really room for substitutions.
- Granulated sugar – Regular white granulated sugar is all you need.
- Cream of tartar – You can find the cream of tartar in the baking or spice section of the grocery store. There usually isn’t much needed in a recipe, so don’t be surprised if it’s in a very small container. This recipe calls for less than a teaspoon cream of tartar.
- Light corn syrup – Light corn syrup is light-colored and usually transparent. If yours is vanilla flavored, that’s perfectly fine. Don’t omit the added vanilla.
- Egg whites – Use regular egg whites, or use pasteurized egg whites in a carton.
- Vanilla extract – Use a pure vanilla extract.
How To Make Seven Minute Frosting
On top of a double boiler, combine all ingredients with a whisk except the vanilla.
Place over simmering water but make sure water does not touch the bottom of the pan. Use a handheld electric mixer to beat constantly at high speed until stiff peaks develop, which takes about 7 minutes.
Remove from heat, add vanilla then continue beating until frosting holds deep swirls in the finished frosting.
Tips For Perfecting 7-Minute Frosting
- Prep your mixing bowl by wiping it out with white vinegar and a towel. This will remove any grease or build up that will prevent your frosting from coming together.
- This is not a traditional frosting recipe. Once your seven minute frosting recipe is made, you’ll need to use it immediately.
- Room temperature egg whites whip up better than cold ones. So make sure you take your eggs out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before you start making the frosting.
What to do with leftovers
Seven minute frosting is best used immediately. However, if you end up with leftovers or want to prep it in advance, here’s what to do:
- Room temperature: Seven minute frosting is safe to store at room temperature for up to a day since the sugar acts as a preservative. After that, it should be moved to the fridge.
- Fridge: Store leftover frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Freezer: This recipe is not meant to be frozen as the texture will change too much once thawed. I suggest keeping it in the fridge.
Granulated sugar is recommended for this recipe, but you can also use superfine sugar to achieve the smoothest texture. I always recommend letting it fully dissolve with the water and egg whites before starting to beat the frosting.
Instead of cream of tartar, you can replace it with an equal amount of lemon juice or white vinegar. However, cream of tartar will yield the best results.
Yes, you can replace egg whites with the liquid from a can of chickpeas (aquafaba). Use 3 tablespoons of aquafaba for each egg white. You may need to reduce the aquafaba in a pot to thicken it, especially if it’s a thinner consistency than egg whites.
More delicious frosting recipes
If you enjoyed this seven minute frosting, here are a few more of Grandbaby Cakes’ BEST frosting recipes:
- Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
- American Buttercream Recipe (With How To Video!)
- The BEST Chocolate Buttercream (Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream)
- Best Chocolate Cake Recipe with Blackberry Buttercream
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- 1 1/2 cups Granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon Cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/3 cup Water
- 2 teaspoons Light corn syrup
- 2 Egg whites
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- On top of a double boiler, combine all ingredients with a whisk except the vanilla.
- Place over rapidly boiling water but make sure water does not touch the bottom of the pan. Beat the mixture on high speed using a hand mixer until stiff peaks develop, which takes about 7 minutes.
- Remove from heat, add vanilla then continue beating until frosting holds deep swirls then frost.
Amanda Wren-Grimwood says
I love how easy this was to make and I’m not great at frostinganything. It came out perfectly.
Farah Abumaizar says
This frosting looks so thick and dreamy! A nice change from typical buttercream- thanks for the recipe!
Sara Welch says
This was such a quick and easy frosting that does not disappoint! So easy, tasty and delicious; way better than any store bought version, indeed!
Easy and awesome frosting! I can’t wait to make it again! Thank you!