Sunday, May 16, 2010

FLUFFY WHITE FROSTING

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This is a fantastic frosting recipe, for many reasons. First of all, it is delicious. After that, it is super easy, super quick, it takes no special ingredients, it is pretty to look at and it is very versatile. It is a classic.

 In a large  GLASS OR METAL bowl, put two egg whites, a teaspoon of vanilla extract and ¼ teaspoon of almond extract...set aside.
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In a saucepan, mix 1 cup of granulated sugar, ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar, dash of salt and 1/3 cup of water. Cook and stir until it just comes to a boil and sugar dissolves.
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Start beating your egg whites and extracts on HIGH while you slowly drizzle in the hot syrup. Keep beating on high until stiff peaks form like this:


With a hand held electric mixer, this can take up to 7 minutes, but with my stand mixer it only takes about 4 minutes. Recipe makes enough to frost a 9" two layer cake or a 10" tube cake.
NOTE: To get these lovely big swirls, use a Wilton tip # 1M...it is a huge tip and will duplicate these swirls with total ease...I promise.
Very light, this frosting is a dream to work with.

NOTE: The bowl AND beaters that you use, for this frosting, can have NO TRACE of grease or oil on them (or the frosting will not whip properly...right out of the dishwasher is perfect). A big stand mixer, like a Kitchen Aid, works the best, but this can be done quite successfully with a hand held electric mixer too (it just takes longer).

NOTE: While this frosting holds up well in all kinds of weather, it WILL form sort of a skin over the soft fluffy frosting if left in dry air for several hours. To prevent this, just cover it if you are not going to eat it the same day.

64 comments:

Katy ~ said...

This is one of my favorite frostings for chocolate cake, and is the frosting requested every year for Ole Sweetie Pi's birthday. Your frosting piped beautifully; I'm not clever enough to work with it like that, but now I think I'm going to have to learn to do the fancy swirls with this.

Debbie said...

I think I have seen this as 7 minute frosting. I have never made this but have always wanted to. I think this would be great on chocolate cake!

Ana Powell said...

Thanks for sharing this awesome frosting recipe ♥

Lara said...

My 12-year-old daughter is the frosting connoisseur in our house and always looking for the perfect frosting to top her baked goodies. I've never seen one like this before, but I imagine after showing it to her we'll be trying it before week's end. :)

Trish said...

Coleen....I have made this too and I so agree...tis the best ever! You make yours look so professional though...I could never do that!

Carol said...

Coleen-that frosting looks so good..I love it piped on....what a perfect topping for those yummy cupcakes. I haven't made a frosted anything for a long time....this has me wanting to get in the kitchen for sure!

Peggy Clyde. said...

I have never tried this kind of icing. It sure does look wonderful. Thanks.

Heatherfeather said...

The frosting on these cupcakes looks so cool! Oh wow they must have tasted great. It is so pretty and shiny.

Coleen, I nominated you for a blogging award over on my blog Lavender Blue if you want to take a look :)

Sonya said...

Oh wow I've never seen a recipe like this before..My sons birthday is on tuesday...I think I just found my frosting:)

heartnsoulcooking said...

WOW!!! what a FLUFFY!!! frosting, I would LOVE!!! making this and putting on a chocolate cake. THANKS!!! for the recipe.
Geri

Leslie said...

WHat a beautiful fluffy frosting! It looks perfect

Ingrid said...

I think it's called swiss meringue! I've heard nothing but good things about it. Looking at your photos I'd say it's all it's hyped up to be.
~ingrid

teresa said...

oh i love it! it's so white and fluffy, i can't wait to try this!

notyet100 said...

this looks gorgeous

Carmen C. said...

Hi there, I just found your yummy blog and that icing looks beautiful and delicious!

Pam said...

I haven't made a frosting like this in a long time and will have to now after seeing this. It looks delicious!

Judy said...

Coleen, you are right this is a classic frosting recipe that has been around forever. Can you believe I have never made it? Your photos are gorgeous and I am inspired to do this with some of my frozen egg whites.

Mary said...

When I was a little girl we put a frosting much like this one on a chocolate cake. If times were flush the cake would then be covered with flaked coconut. Thanks for the memory. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Mary said...

I'm just jumping back in to thank you fro the birthday wishes. Hugs...Mary

Anonymous said...

what a gem of a blog, please keep up the great job, giving us all some wonderful recipes to drool over, the pictures are also incredible, they make the food look so wonderfully appealing. I am going to be making the doughnut muffins this morning, can't wait. Thanks again for the inspiration, and suggestions. Sincerely Kim

Anonymous said...

I hope that you are ok You have not posted in a long while. Take care, Sandy in Belton Missouri

bella said...

Just found your blog through "A Feast for The Eyes' and just love it. Following along now to learn your delicious recipes. My family has been making this outstanding frosting recipe for years and it is always a huge hit! Glad I found you! Stop by someday when you get a chance for that I've tried and from my family recipe box. Roz (bella)

http://bellavita-bellasblog.blogspot.com

Heatherfeather said...

I was checking in to see if you had posted any new recipes and still no word - I hope everything is ok. Wishing you well.

Lori said...

Oh it looks delicious. My kids would be licking their lips seeing that icing piled so high!

Carrie said...

Hi Colleen!! I haven't been cooking much lately but I am going to make cupcakes for my hubby's work on Friday and use this frosting!
I have a couple questions though... was the frosting just as good the 2nd day or should I try to make it the day of? Also, does the frosting need to be refrigerated or can it sit out on a table? Thanks for your help!!

Reshmi Ahmed said...

Hi Coleen...iam a first time visitor to your blog! and i must say this frosting looks very silky and perfect...will definitely try it soon !

Kathleen said...

This frosting looks amazing! Love your perfect swirls

Anonymous said...

You keep teasing us with the change in pictures!!! I can't wait until you resume posting.

Merut said...

Oh my goodness. This frosting almost looks like ice cream!

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Anonymous said...

Coleen...isn't summer over in Alaska? lol

Anonymous said...

Ok, I just tried this with ingredients I already had, yep didn't go out to buy a thing, and it is WONDERFUL!!! Light and fluffy yet rich and flavorful!! I am so impressed, really it doesn't get any easier than this one :-) Thinking this will be one I will know from memory in no time!!

Lynne said...

Wow - I found this site and have printed out this recipe..My mom use to make this when I was little and after making it today for a cake I will never buy store frosting again.

Anonymous said...

MY DAUGHTER ,KIR STEN AGE 5 AND MYSELF MADE CUPCAKER FOR OUR DAUGHTER LACIE WHICH IS IN KINDERGARTEN .WE RAN OUT OF CHOCOLATE ICING ! WE (I) PANICED ! KIRSTEN SAYS MOM , DUH WHY DONT YOU BLOG ! ALL THAT MONEY DAD PAYS FOR YOUR STUPID PHONE BILL & YOU FORGET TO USE IT! OH MY GOD MOM , ITS THE INTERNET. THE WORLD IN YOUR BACK POCKET! SO EASY / ALL INGRIEDIENTS ALREADY IN THE CABINET. OOOOHHHH MY GOD. ITS DREAMY .AFTERWARDS WE HAD THE BEST DREAMS IMAGINABLE. LIKE FLOATING ON CLOUDS IN HEAVEN, JUST LIKE THE HEAVENLY ICING. WE ARE ADDICTED. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING MY SPECIAL TIME WITH MY DAUGHTER .FUN/ LAID BACK/ ENJOYABLE/AND MOST OF ALL WE COULD LAUGH!

roseyred said...

hi i made this icing and its now my favourite. its lovely and creamy and not too sweet. for some reason i cant get it thick enough to pipe no matter how long i whisk it. what am i doing wrong???

Coleen's Recipes said...

To Roseyred: I'm sorry you couldn't get this frosting thick enough, I have never had that problem. Are you using an electric mixer and beating it for 5-7 minutes? I have another frosting recipe that is very similar in taste that will SURELY get thick enough for you. The link is: http://coleensrecipes.blogspot.com/2010/11/kid-friendly-jello-frosting.html

roseyred said...

hi coleen, thanks for the quick reply. yes im using a hand held eclectric mixer. i whisk it for the 5-7 minutes and its just not thick enough to pipe. its gorgeous icing and i just dipped the cupcakes into it. i will try your outher recipe and let you know how it goes. thanks again, rosey

Roseyred said...

Hi colleen, I decided to give this icing one last try with an electric mixer(not handheld) and it turned out lovely. I piped the icing on like yours and put a flake in it so it looked like an ice cream. They went down a treat. They were gone in seconds. Thanks so much from Ireland for this lovely recipe. Il check out more of your recipes too.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Colleen for sharing this recipe. You restored my faith in the kitchn again! I'm inpired now to do more baking. Bless your heart.

Health and Beauty said...

Hi Colleen, This is a recipe my mom has used for over 55 years as her pie meringue. It cooks the egg white and stays nice and she won 1st place in the California state fair in 1960 using this recipe. Folks who didn't like meringue LOVED her pies because of this and it doesn't weep! We have never used it on a cake before, I'll have to try that... The recipe she used come from a Better Home in Garden she got as a wedding present (very old)...a CAKE FROSTING now interesting.

Anonymous said...

Hi Coleen,

Just got to say this recipe is delicious... had a few problems converting to UK measurements at first... ('cups' are an enigma to me XD) but got there in the end!

Just one question I'd like to ask; how long a shelf life does this have? If kept refrigerated of course :-)

Thanks again.

Coleen said...

To Anonymous: I really do not have the answer to that question, it never lasts long around our house. I do know that if you let it sit out, exposed to the air, that it will eventually get a thicker "skin", but I don't have any experience refrigerating it.

Shelby said...

I love this frosting. I always would ask for Nanny's Mayonnaise Cake with Fluffy White Frosting for my birthday. I remember watching her make the frosting and was amazed at what you got from what you put into it!

Judy said...

This is an Italian meringue buttercream frosting, no? Haven't tried it but it's on my list. I just purchased Wilton wide tips and am starting to make swirled frostings. I want to try Swiss buttercream also. Both the Italian and the Swiss frostings are so beautiful to look at and so smooth and creamy and delicious.

Sidra Amjed said...

hi !!
the frosting looks amazing, i will try it soon
i just have a few questions, does the icing forms a skins ? and should i keep the cake in the fridge after frosting? (as is it very hot and humid here)
reply soon
Thank u!

Anonymous said...

My Mom used to make this when I was a kid 30 some years ago. This is a classic frosting called 7 minute icing. It is wonderful tasting!!

Anonymous said...

i really would like to try this recipe. although some would say raw egg whites are inedible.. hey guys, what's ur stand on this???

dollface143 said...

I think I might try this today. LOOKS AMAZING!!!♥

Diana said...

Looks great! This topping reminds me of ice cream that I loved when I was a little girl.
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Tanya said...

Hi Coleen, I stumbled upon your blog when I used google to search for a fluffy icing recipe. I plan on making Elmo cupcakes for my nephews birthday this weekend - using tip #233 to pipe the "fur"... Is this icing thick enough for that or should I use buttercream? We all find buttercream so sweet that I wanted to try a more creamy type icing - but since I am new to cake decorating I don't really know what would be best to use... any suggestions? Thank you! And I LOVE your blog! :o)

Coleen said...

To anonymous: This frosting should be perfect for your Elmo cake.

Coleen said...

To Anonymous that is worried about raw eggs. The "raw" eggs in this frosting recipe should be as safe to eat as any meringue, since you put the boiling syrup into the egg whites.

Anonymous said...

I'm trying this on my sons 1st birthday cake! Will let you know how it turns out but it looks yummy!

Me said...

I have a quick question.. If I left these out and a "shell" formed, would the inside of the frosting still be fluffy and light or turn hard?

Coleens Recipes said...

To Me: the "shell" never really gets hard, but it does get a little leathery if left out for a day or so. The interior remains soft.

Gillian said...

I absolutely love your frosting, it has made my baking life so much easier!
I know this seems stupid to ask seeing as the whole purpose of this is to make perfectly white frosting but do you think it's possible to make this icing black?
I'm fed up of colouring buttercream and this just tastes so good!

Anonymous said...

Yum............just as I remember the taste of my Mom's. Thanks for sharing.
Joyce

Anonymous said...

I´ve just made it and in a plastic bowl mixer, excellent results. Hugs from Argentina!

Anonymous said...

My Mom used to make this and it was called 7 Minute Frosting...it was one of my favorites...she used to make for my birthday every year...sweet memories!!

Anonymous said...

what would i need to do to make this into a chocolate?

Kaye said...

Hello!Is it possible to reduce the sugar to half a cup? Would it affect its piping stability? Thanks a lot! By the way, your site is overflowing with good stuff. Thanks for sharing.

Coleens Recipes said...

From Coleen: I'm not sure WHY you would want to reduce the sugar by 1/2 cup. I've never tried it.

Kaye said...

Hi again. I tried it using 1 cup sugar. It is not so sweet at all. Just right. It was really light and nice. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

This recipe is easy and turned out beautifully on the first try. It is absolutely delicious, light, fluffy and not terribly sweet. Thanks so much for providing it!!