Whipped Frosting

Just try not to lick the spoon when you make this basic whipped frosting.

  • Yield: 5 cups
Whipped Frosting
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Source: Everyday Food, May 2009


  • 3 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. In a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water, combine egg whites, sugar, salt, and water. Cook over medium, stirring constantly, until sugar has dissolved (or mixture registers 150 degrees on an instant-read thermometer), 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat on medium-high until glossy, stiff peaks form (do not overbeat), about 3 minutes; reduce speed to low, add vanilla extract, and beat just until combined. Use immediately.

Cook's Notes

This frosting can be used atop our Versatile Vanilla Cake or Lemon Cake.


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