Make sure to add the extract right at the end or it gives a weird alcohol like flavor. Worked out really well for me. Goes very well if you add a tiny bit of mint or lemon extract as it cuts down the sweetness. May be too sweet for some but works very well with less sweet cakes. I had to beat it for about 9 minutes to get stiff peaks but the texture and taste were amazing.

Paula Deen’s 7 minute frosting


  • Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar or 1 tablespoon white corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  1. Directions
  2. Place sugar, cream of tartar or corn syrup, salt, water, and egg whites in the top of a double boiler. Beat with a handheld electric mixer for 1 minute. Place pan over boiling water, being sure that boiling water does not touch the bottom of the top pan. (If this happens, it could cause your frosting to become grainy). Beat constantly on high speed with electric mixer for 7 minutes. Beat in vanilla.
  3. You’re kidding right? It’s a Paula Deen recipe:-)


smitakasargod Says... 2009-09-30 15:14:37

I highly recommend using corn syrup and not cream of tartar. It turns out yummy with corn syrup. The texture is fabulous too. I've heard that the cream of tartar gives it a weird aftertaste.

blondie1905 Says... 2009-11-18 18:21:33

This is almost exactly the same as the Betty Crocker Double Boiler (7-minute) Frosting (1970 edition), which does not include the salt and has only 1 tsp. of vanilla. My mother used this on all of our birthday cakes when we were kids ... many fond memories!

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