Seven-Minute Frosting for Coconut Layer Cake

3 cups

Use this frosting to make our Coconut Layer Cake. If the weather is humid, beat the icing for an additional minute in each step to help stiffen it.


  • 2 large egg whites

  • 1 ½ cups sugar

  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup

  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Combine egg whites, sugar, corn syrup, and cream of tartar with 5 tablespoons cold water in top of a double boiler. Fill bottom of double boiler with two to three inches water; top pan should not touch water. With water boiling vigorously, beat egg mixture using a hand mixer on medium low 4 minutes, then high 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla; continue to beat until icing holds its peaks, 3 to 5 minutes more; do not overmix or icing can get grainy.

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