Old fashioned 7 Minute Frosting that tastes like marshmallow cream. A light and fluffy frosting for just about any cake!
What is your favorite frosting? Does the type of frosting you use depend on what cake you make? I’m a white cake white frosting girl at heart. I won’t turn down any slice of cake, but white cake gets me every single time.
We’re sharing a vintage recipe that is all throughout my grandma’s old cookbooks…7 Minute Frosting. The total time may be a little more than 7 minutes, but the name is intriguing. And the texture and taste? Amazing and meringue-like. Let’s make this.
Seven minute frosting is a meringue like fluffy frosting without oil or butter. Because it doesn’t have those, it is a low fat frosting. It’s base is egg whites, sugar and water…and you’ll be amazed how this frosting comes together.
7-minute frosting is similar to a Swiss meringue in that it has eggs and sugar heated in a double boiler over simmering water and whipped to a glossy meringue.
What does it taste like? If you love marshmallows, you’ll go crazy for this frosting recipe! We think it tastes just like marshmallow fluff, minus some of the stickiness.
This frosting is made over the stovetop, so you’ll need either a double boiler, or a heat safe glass mixing bowl that can sit on top of a saucepan. You’ll boil water in the bottom pan and whip the frosting in the top. This method helps the eggs cook to a safe temperature through indirect heat.
You’ll also need a high powered hand mixer rather than a stand mixer that we make traditional buttercream frosting with.
After you remove the bowl from the heat, you’ll add the flavor. We love vanilla flavor, but you can use any type of flavor you’d like. Popular versions are peppermint, coconut and almond.
Can you add food coloring to this frosting? Yes! Add it at the very end when you add in the flavor. Add just a few drops mix in well.
This frosting is safe to store at room temperature for one day. Anytime after that and you should refrigerate it.
This traditional frosting is great for birthdays on a birthday cake. It’s also good on layer cake such as chocolate cake, coconut cake or even pineapple cake. It’s simple flavor makes it excellent on just about anything!
This frosting does not have a long life. It is best if used on a cake right away and served within the first 24 hours.
We haven’t had consistent results with freezing, so we don’t recommend freezing this frosting.
This frosting can stand up to large swirls, but not intricate designs.
Yes! Because this is a marshmallow fluff, meringue style recipe, you can use a kitchen torch to give it a beautiful golden brown color.