Seven-Minute Icing

    12 mins

    This is a recipe for fluffy white icing to use on cupcakes.

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    Serves: 48 

    • 2 egg whites
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 250g (1½ cups) caster sugar
    • 4 tablespoons (60ml) water
    • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla essence

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:7min  ›  Ready in:12min 

    1. In a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water, combine all ingredients except the vanilla essence. Beat 1 minute. Cook, beating constantly for 7 minutes or until the icing makes firm peaks.
    2. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla essence. Beat until able to spread over cup cakes.

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    mooi ge maakt hoor  -  19 Mar 2015


    My mom has been making this for years, using light corn syrup in place of the creme of tarter (no diffrence in the taste at all). I like this one better. It's so easy once you find the trick...WHICH IS keep mixing but don't start timing your 7 minutes until after the water returns to boiling and run your mixer on high for the full 7 minutes. It's thick and creamy and tastes like marshmallow fluff. Perfect on chocolate cake or cup cakes. However you have to spread it on a completly cool cake while the frosting is still slightly warm, and DO NOT cover it it will stick to everything (as does fluff) and it does get a little grainy after it sets for a long period (6-8 hours) of time to best to make just a few hours before serving. Sounds like a lot of work but it's really not. AND IT'S WORTH WHAT LITTLE TIME IT DOES TAKE! YUMMY!!!!  -  29 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I love this frosting! I've used it for years, and it never fails to be a favorite among kids and adults, as well as a wonderful decoration on any cake or cupcake.  -  30 Jul 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)