Seven-Minute Frosting

Seven-Minute Frosting

This traditional frosting is fluffy, white and almost meringue-like in texture. It's easy to make, and takes 7 minutes to cook.

5 min. prep time
5 cups
151 Rating


1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup water
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla


Combine all ingredients except vanilla in top of double boiler.

Place water in bottom pan of double boiler. Cook over high heat 3-4 minutes or until water boils. Place egg white mixture in top of double boiler over rapidly boiling water (water should not touch bottom of pan); beat at highest speed with hand mixer 7 minutes or until mixture forms stiff peaks. (Do not overcook.) Remove from heat; add vanilla.

Continue beating 2 minutes or until frosting holds deep swirls.


Cherry Frosting: Substitute 1/3 cup maraschino cherry liquid for water. Gently stir in 1/3 cup drained chopped maraschino cherries.

Chocolate Revel Frosting: Add 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. Let stand 1-2 minutes. Chocolate will swirl through frosting when spread on cake.

Lemon Frosting: Gently stir in 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest.

Maple Frosting: Substitute 1/2 to 1 teaspoon maple extract for vanilla.

Nutrition Facts (2 tablespoons)

Calories: 30

Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 20mg

Carbohydrates: 8g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: <1g

Recipe #11483©2001Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

This is my favorite frosting for fresh coconut cake.

Comment On This Recipe

Please correct the item(s) in red below:
0 Please select a rating

Email address will not be published

Please note, all submissions are screened for content deemed appropriate by Land O'Lakes. Comments are published within 3 business days.
Thank you, your comment has been submitted for approval


Your friend thought you might be interested in Seven-Minute Frosting

Latest Blog

Breaking Up With Summer for the Clichéd Comforts of Fall
September 29, 2015 by Susie

Ahhh, chili. You can make a boat-load in almost no time at all. It is a dish that is perfect for a crowd of football fans. Best of all, with endless ingredient possibilities, it is easy to personalize chili for the type of guests you will be serving. More ...

The Simple Rewards® Club is your personal online resource for exclusive offers and information. It’s also our way of saying “thank you” for trusting Land O’Lakes and inviting us into your home. Membership is free, so sign up today.

FREE Sign Up Includes:
  • Our Measuring Cup® Newsletter Preview »
  • Money-Saving and Exclusive Offers
  • Online Recipe Box

Already a Member? Sign In.


YES. Send me the Measuring Cup® Newsletter.
Cancel and Go Back

Forgot Your Password?

Please correct the items(s) in red below

    We'll email instructions to the address you used to register.

    Reset My Password Cancel and Go Back

    Confirmation Email Sent

    We've sent a confirmation email to the address associated with your account. Check your email and follow the link within 3 hours in order to complete the password reset process.


    Welcome Back!

    If you are already a member, please sign in.

    Not a Simple Rewards Member? Join Now. Forgot Your Password?

    Check Your Email

    Look for an email soon with instructions to reset your password.

    If you did not receive the email, please check your email junk folder (just in case) or contact us.

    Hi, I'm Becky. I'm eager to share my best ideas and favorite recipes from my 20+ years in the Land O'Lakes Test Kitchen. I'm also excited to help with any questions you have about cooking and baking with Land O Lakes® products. Some of the questions and answers will be published in our newsletter, The Measuring Cup®. Please use the short form below to ask your questions, or share your tip or memory.

    Please correct the item(s) in red below

    *These fields are required


    Your question has been submitted.

    Close Window