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Monday, December 30, 2019

7 Minute Frosting

Classic, fluffy, meringue-y, marshmallow-y frosting goodness made in almost no time.  This old fashioned 7 minute frosting is the perfect topping for devil's food or almost any kind of cake!

piece of chocolate cake with fluffy white 7 minute frosting

     Have you ever had 7 minute frosting? Maybe you have and just don't know it. It is a fluffy, almost marshmallow like meringue type frosting.  There is no butter or oil in it at all. Just egg whites and sugar whipped up into a crazy fluffy goodness.

     I have been wanting to try 7 minute frosting for a while now.  I bought a hand mixer a few months back just to make this frosting!

    In fact I have used the hand mixer for quite a few things, but never got around to the frosting.  Until now, that is!  Finally it got to make the frosting!

egg whites and sugar in double boiler ready to be made into 7 minute frosting

    This frosting is like a marshmallow frosting.  There is no added butter, mostly egg whites, sugar and lots of air.

    I used vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla.  I just love seeing the little bean dots in my custards and frosting.

fluffy white 7 minute frosting in double boiler

     I think it looks extra special, though sometimes pure white is nice too.  Either way, you are just 7 minutes away from a sweet and super fluffy frosting!

     The first time I whipped up the frosting, I made it to go over a big tray of oatmeal creme pie bars! It was fluffy and marshmallowy and good.

stiff white 7 minute frosting ready to be spread on cake

      But where it really shines is over a chocolate cake.  Make a devilishly good chocolate cake and spread a batch of this over it and you'll be in fine shape!

     7 minute frosting does have a few drawbacks you should be aware of.  The first is you need to use it right away.

piece of chocolate cake topped with 7 minute frosting

    It is not a frosting you want to whip up in advance and use later.  Have your cake ready and as soon as the frosting is whipped up, spread it right over the cake.

    The moisture of the cake helps to keep the frosting soft for a couple of days.  Just be sure to keep the cake covered to keep all the moisture inside.

     After that, cover the cake and store it in the refrigerator for a couple of more days.  It is best as fresh as possible though, so this isn't something you want to make days in advance if you can avoid it.

fluffy white 7 minute frosting on devil's food cake
     It is worth making seven minute frosting anyway.  It is a classic for a reason and is fat free, which is something most frostings can't claim!

      It seems to be used most frequently on chocolate cake, and I do think that combination is amazing. But really you could use it on any moist cake.

      Have you ever made seven minute frosting? What is your favorite baked good to put it on?  Let me know in the comments or tell me all about your seven minute frosting adventures on social media.

If you are a frosting fanatic like me, check out my Frosting 101. It goes through the different types of frosting and links to all sorts of delicious recipes!

7 minute frosting, fluffy white frosting, marshmallow frosting, meringue frosting
Yield: 12 servings
Author: Cooking With Carlee
7 Minute Frosting

7 Minute Frosting

Classic, fluffy, meringue-y, marshmallow-y frosting goodness made in almost no time. This old fashioned 7 minute frosting is the perfect topping for devil's food or almost any kind of cake!
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 9 MinTotal time: 14 Min


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tsp corn syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (I used vanilla bean paste)


  1. In the bowl of a double boiler, combine sugar, water, egg whites, corn syrup and salt.
  2. Beat on low for 30 seconds.
  3. Set over boiling water (make sure the boiling water is low enough that only the steam hits the double boiler, not the water.) While over the boiling water, beat on high for 7 minutes or until stiff and glossy.
  4. Remove from heat, add vanilla and beat an additional 2 minutes.
  5. It will spread most easily if you do it immediately.
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Classic, fluffy, meringue-y, marshmallow-y frosting goodness made in almost no time. This old fashioned 7 minute frosting is the perfect topping for devil's food or almost any kind of cake!


  1. bean for 30 seconds, did you mean beat?

  2. My mom made this frosting. One of those unwritten recipes. Thanks for sharing.

    Wishes for tásty dishes, Linda

    1. Mmm! I could see how it would easily become one of those unwritten recipes. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. This looks really yummy Carlee. Would I be able to substitute honey for the corn syrup? Because I've got plenty of that!

    1. Thanks, Mary! I have never tried it with honey, but I can't imagine why that wouldn't work. Now I really want to give it a try!

  4. I've never made 7-minute frosting. It sounds so perfect for these oatmeal bars! Yum! I love my mixer. Can't live without it. ;)

    1. I kept wanting to make it and now I have the proper tools! I wasn't sure I'd use it much because I love my stand mixer so much, but I find myself reaching for it quite a bit already!

  5. My mil used to make this. It is such a great frosting. It fancys up any dessert. Yum.

    1. I had never had it before but had seen it talked about so many times that I just had to make it!

  6. This is something I want to try . My mother made a seven minute frosting but yours seems to be an easier version. I think she beat the egg whites to peak stage and then poured the boiled syrup over. Similar to a divinity and it was humidity sensitive. I am all for easier. Is this method dependent on a dry day?

    1. I think beating the egg whites over the heat helps to stabilize them. I have made it this way several times and so far haven't had an issue with the humidity affecting it. I have had issues with meringues before and know how disappointing that can be. I hope you have great success with this method!

  7. This was a staple in my mom's mental recipe box! She made it often, usually to go on dark, rich chocolate mayonnaise ( or Miracle Whip) cake!). She never really had to worry about storing leftovers! 😊

    1. It would be perfect on a mayonnaise cake! A nice moist cake like that helps keep the frosting really soft and fluffy. I've tried it on dryer cookie bars and it can dry out a bit that way, but on a cake like that it will stay good for several days... especially if it is kept covered.

  8. So happy to see this particular recipe. When I was a little kid, and even into adulthood, my sweet mama would make chocolate cake with 7Minute Icing for every one of my birthdays, and I always relished it immensely. I have never made it myself, but will certainly give this a try. Thank you for evoking some wonderful memories and giving me the impetus to do it myself!

    1. I absolutely love food memories like that. I hope this lives up to your memories!


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