Egg Whites

Egg whites are a great way to cut down on fat and cholesterol. Start the day with a healthful meal, like our goat cheese omelet or open-faced avocado, egg white and cheese sandwich. We also have all the techniques you need to whisk egg whites like a pro – whether you need soft, firm, or stiff peaks for one of our delicious recipes.

Staff Picks

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Rating: 3.5 stars 620
This all-purpose buttercream is our go-to frosting. Swiss meringue buttercream has an ultra-silky, stable texture that spreads beautifully over cakes and cupcakes, and can be piped into perfect peaks and patterns. It turns out very white and light and airy and is great for tinting with color. Our recipe includes a delicious variation for chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream. 

Chocolate Souffle

Rating: 3.5 stars 211
Soufflés have a reputation for being temperamental, but they're actually very simple. They get their signature height from stiffly beaten egg whites. Using a few staple ingredients, you can whip up a chocolate dessert that's guaranteed to impress at a dinner party yet easy enough for a casual supper.

Whipped Frosting

Rating: 3 stars 1256
Just try not to lick the spoon when you make this basic whipped frosting that pairs perfectly with our Versatile Vanilla Cake, Chocolate Cake, and Lemon Cake.

Royal Icing with Egg Whites

It's the pick of professional cake decorators and beloved by expert home bakers, royal icing is very stiff and as it dries it hardens to a smooth finish. It's used for everything from cakes to Christmas cookies. This classic royal icing recipe is made with just two ingredients, egg whites and confectioners' sugar. We also have recipes that use meringue powder rather than raw egg if you prefer. 

Angel Food Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 623
There's a reason angel food cake is a favorite dessert—it's tender, light as air, and tastes, well, divine. What's more, it's virtually fat-free and uses just six ingredients.

Italian Meringue Buttercream

Rating: 3 stars 305
Use this recipe to frost your favorite layer cake.

Basic French Macarons

Want to learn how to make macarons? We've taken the guesswork out of making these patisserie beauties, so you can prepare them at home. Our foolproof macarons recipe calls for making your own almond flour (it's so much easier than it seems), then adding just four other ingredients: powdered sugar, egg whites, white sugar, and any filling you please.

Ile Flottante with Caramel

Rating: 3.5 stars 113
For an ethereal holiday dessert, whip up Martha’s legendary île flottante (which translates to "Floating Island"). The light, fluffy meringue is balanced by the slightly bitter edge of the caramel it floats on, and is served with a rich crème anglaise sauce on the side. 

Royal Icing for Sugar Cookies

Rating: 3.5 stars 2038
If you're decorating cookies using our royal icing for sugar cookies and have a compromised immune system, we recommend instead using meringue powder, found in the baking aisle of most markets, instead of raw egg whites.

Egg White Omelet

Rating: 3.5 stars 82
This egg white omelet is an easy and healthy way to kick-start your day.

Perfect White Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 832
A white cake is an all-American classic recipe. This white cake recipe will become your favorite for celebrations and holidays -- and it tastes just like the white cake you'd find in your local bakery. (Don't worry. We won't tell your guests how easy it is!)

Macaron Filling

Rating: 3.5 stars 193
Use this ethereal filling for Parisian Macarons.

Inspiration and Ideas

The Best Macaroon Recipes
The best ways to enjoy these beloved coconut cookies, ranging from sweet and simple to wildly over-the-top. You'll find plenty of coconut here.
Marshmallow Frosting
Rating: Unrated 300
This frosting recipe from Jennifer Shea of Trophy Cupcakes is used for delicious Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow.
Easy Mini Pavlovas

Consider a pavlova bar for your next party, with individual meringue shells, whipped cream, and fresh seasonal fruit (here, we've used blueberries brightened with a touch of lemon zest). Your guests will love assembling their own desserts.