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Seven Minute Frosting

This frosting goes so well on chocolate cake. I have it on an old hand written recipe card, but it is in the Mennonite Treasury too.
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tarter
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 scant cup white sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Place sugar, salt, cream of tarter and boiling water in the top of a double boiler. 
  2. Have the egg white ready in a small bowl to add.
  3. Over the hot water bath begin beating the water sugar mixture and add egg white beating with an electric hand mixer.
  4. Continue to beat for 5-7 minutes until mixture is very white and billowy and stands at a peak when you pull up on the beaters. You can also test it by slicing through the frosting with a knife. It should retain a clean cut.
  5. Remove from heat and add in salt and vanilla.
  6. Immediately frost completely cooled cake with warm frosting. 


  1. Haven't made this frosting in a very long time, it is great with chocolate cake..

  2. Hey...this is a regular in my house as it was one my mom taught us all to make. Thanks for the post Kathleen.

  3. Woah, I wonder how many times you've made this in your home eh? You have certainly perfected the frosting.

  4. oh if i could just dip my finger through the screen and have a lick=}

  5. I think this frosting tastes like marshmallow fluff!! My grandmother used this recipe for coconut cake - my Mom's favorite!

  6. I just wanted to find out if that is the correct amount on the egg whites or not. I want to make it today and wanted it to turn out perfect. Thanks to anyone that can reply now.

    1. Hi Judy, Yes it is only 1 egg white....a large egg. I know it does not sound right but I'm sure you will have great success. Let me know.
      Happy baking. Kathy

  7. Hi after you make the frosting and frost the cake with it, does the cake have to be refrigerated?

  8. My mother used to make this but replaced the white sugar with brown sugar. It gave it a caramel taste. The BEST!


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