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7-Minute Frosting

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 7 mins
Yield Makes 4 1/2 cups
This classic frosting has a light and fluffy marshmallow-like texture that's cooked over a double boiler for approximately seven minutes.


  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

How to Make It

  1. Pour water to a depth of 1½ inches into a 3½-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer.

  2. Combine first 3 ingredients in a 3-qt. heatproof bowl; beat at low speed with a handheld electric mixer until blended. Place bowl over simmering water, beating at high speed 7 minutes or until soft peaks form; remove from heat. Add vanilla. Beat to spreading consistency (about 3 to 5 minutes). Use immediately.




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