Vanilla Frosting for Cupcakes

5 cups

Use this creamy vanilla frosting, adapted from Martha Stewart Kids, when making Corn-on-the-Cob Cupcakes and TV Dinner Cupcakes.


  • 1 ¼ cups sugar

  • 5 large egg whites

  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. In the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer, combine sugar and egg whites. Place bowl over pan of simmering water; whisk until whites are hot and sugar is dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat, and transfer to mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on high speed until cooled and fluffy, 10 to 15 minutes. Reduce speed to medium. Add butter, 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat until incorporated. Stir in vanilla.

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