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Light, fluffy, and silky, this Seven Minute Frosting recipe is a classic and sure to give any dessert a retro feel.
SHAME ON ME
Honesty, the best policy, right? So here is the deal, I’m a bad vintage recipe loving lady, and didn’t know about seven minute frosting until a couple months ago.
I KNOW! Shame on me, and I hope you can forgive me.
Here’s how my eyes were opened to this perfectly fluffy frosting. My dear friend Tara, who also produces my cooking show, and I were brainstorming topics for our next few episodes.
I decided it would be nice to do a classic coconut cake and because I didn’t know better, I suggested using a classic buttercream frosting. Luckily Tara has a wealth of food knowledge and recommended we use a seven minute frosting, which is a classic pairing for a coconut cake. Thank goodness she pointed me in the right direction!
IS IT FLUFFY?
While coconut cake and seven minute frosting go perfectly together, this frosting works wonders for any light cake recipe.
Fluffy cupcakes? Top them with beautiful glossy swirls of seven minute frosting.
Light chiffon cake? Seven minute frosting.
Soft cookies? Seven minute frosting.
Any cake, cookie, brownie, cupcake…or any dessert that is light and fluffy is perfect to be topped with seven minute frosting. Heck, I’d even top my Dream Bars with some seven minute frosting just for fun!
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a ton of history about seven minute frosting. King Arthur Flour’s site says it’s been around since the early 1900’s, which sounds realistic especially since my version was inspired by a recipe from 1933.
The 1933 version is slightly different (it comes from the book All About Home Baking), but the photos are amazing! Can you imagine beating a frosting like this with hand crank rotary beaters for 7 minutes? No thanks!
WHEN YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE...
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SEVEN MINUTE FROSTING RECIPE TIPS
-When placing the bowl onto of the pot of boiling water (aka a double boiler), make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the boiling water. If this happens, the frosting ingredients could cook too quickly and make your final frosting grainy!
-Use this frosting ASAP! If you wait too long, it will become stiff and you won’t be able to spread it on your beautiful baked goods.
-This frosting does not pipe well. Instead, you can pile the fluffy frosting on one of your cakes or cupcakes and make beautiful swirls or peaks with the back of a spoon or spatula!
- 3 large egg whites
- 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup cold water
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
- Optional: vanilla extract or other extracts to taste
- Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil.
- Using an electric hand mixer, beat egg whites, sugar, water, corn syrup, and cream of tartar in a large glass or metal bowl to thoroughly combine.
- Place the bowl onto of the pot of boiling water and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes.
- Remove from heat, beat in optional flavorings to taste (start with no more than ½ teaspoon), and use immediately.