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Classic Seven-Minute Frosting


A delicate flavor and light texture keep this frosting from being overwhelming. Coconut cake or lemon meringue cake are excellent bases for this frosting.

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  • Yield: Makes about 7 cups (enough to frost one 8-inch layer cake)
stand mixer and frosting

Photography: Janelle Jones

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2010


  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 6 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Heat 1 1/2 cups sugar, the water, and corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves. Raise heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil. Cook, washing down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming, until syrup reaches 230 degrees on a candy thermometer. Once syrup reaches 230 degrees, remove from heat immediately.

  2. Meanwhile, with a mixer on medium speed, whisk egg whites to soft peaks. Whisk in remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Reduce speed to medium-low, and pour syrup into egg whites in a slow, steady stream down the side of the bowl. Raise speed to medium-high, and whisk for 6 minutes. Add vanilla; whisk until soft peaks form, about 1 minute. Use immediately.

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  • NatAlcalde
    5 APR, 2015
    I tried making this recipe and it did not work. After adding the syrup, the peaks would not come back. Any feedback as to why?