Easy 7 Minute Vanilla Frosting Recipe

This Easy 7 Minute Vanilla Frosting Recipe is the perfect topping for cakes, pies, and other sweet treats.

Easy 7 Minute Vanilla Frosting Recipe

Of all the things that can be done in 7 minutes—get dressed, unload and load the dishwasher, dry your hair or fold a load of laundry—I think making frosting is the best choice of all. This Easy 7 Minute Vanilla Frosting Recipe is so quick and easy you’ll be regularly tempted to make all kinds of treats just to be able to whip of a batch of this fluffy frosting. It is the perfect light frosting for so many kinds of baked goodies, cakes and pies to name a few. The texture is light and fluffy and it’s not too sweet. It’s like eating a subtly sweet cloud!

This Easy 7 Minute Vanilla Frosting Recipe is similar to a basic meringue topping, and this frosting is so easy to work with too. That may be one of my favorite things about it! It’s makes frosting a cake fun and oh so pretty too! In 7 minutes, plus a little time for spreading, this frosting can turn an ordinary cake into an extraordinary cake worthy of any celebration just like that.

Easy 7 Minute Vanilla Frosting Recipe Easy 7 Minute Vanilla Frosting Recipe Easy 7 Minute Vanilla Frosting Recipe


A few Easy 7 Minute Vanilla Frosting Recipe notes:

  • What makes this icing so quick is that while the water and sugar (simple syrup) are heating up, you (or an assistant) can prepare the eggs whites and other ingredients then begin the beating process so that when the simple syrup is ready, it can be immediately slowly streamed into the egg white mixture.
  • Large egg white were used for the recipe below.
  • Easily change the extract used for a different frosting flavor.
  • The recipe below makes more than enough for frosting a 2-layer 9-inch round cake.
  • I think an electric hand mixer works best for making this frosting since it begins as such a small amount.

Easy 7 Minute Vanilla Frosting Recipe
  • ⅓ cup hot water
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 2 large egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Create a simple syrup in a small saucepan by whisking together hot water and confectioner’s sugar; bring to a boil for 1 minute, whisk, and set aside.
  2. Add egg whites, cream of tartar and salt to a mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer beat at high speed, slowly streaming in hot simple syrup, and vanilla extract. Beat at high speed until preferred spreadable consistency is reached.
Makes enough to frost a 2-layer 9-inch cake.

Easy 7 Minute Vanilla Frosting Recipe

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  1. 7

    Beth says

    Amy, Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! This has been my mom’s go to frosting all my life and so many people have asked for it. Now I can point them your way!

  2. 8

    Ela says

    Can you chill this icing? Does it crust sitting in room temperature, 70F degrees? Thanks!

  3. 11

    Meistie says

    I have tried to make this using another similar 7 Min recipe and it got hard and crusted. Is this more like a marshmallow frosting consistency which soes not harden? If it was something I did wrong in the first recipe I tried could you point that out so I don’t mess up your wonderful fluffy white concoction?

  4. 13

    Sara says

    Hi this recipe looks wonderfully simple and delicious! I just have a few questions: how do you ensure that this is safe to eat and salmonella-free? Is the hot water enough to kill any salmonella? And will this work as well with pasteurized egg whites sold in cartons? Thanks for the great recipe!

    • 14

      Heather says

      I have not used this exact recipe, but I have used carton egg whites in another 7 min. Frosting. They worked just fine.

  5. 15

    Betty says

    I was wondering the best way to store this cake. Can make it the day before I need it.

  6. 16

    Marlene says

    This is the easiest frosting I have ever made and it came out fluffy and beautiful. The only issue I am having is with the flavor. My frosting taste like perfume. :( I double checked/smelled/tasted all of my ingredients and containers and I can’t figure out why it taste like that. I may have poured too much vanilla extract.. can that be the issue?

    • 17


      Oh my goodness, Marlene. I have no idea why that would be. Hmmm … that is odd. I will ask around and if I hear anything, I’ll be sure to get back to you.

  7. 18

    Vinkita says

    Is there anyway to replace the cream of tartar? It’s nearly impossible to get it where I’m from

    • 19


      I just did a quick search online, according to a few sources (one being all recipes.com) it says to substitute 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice or distilled white vinegar for every 1/8 teaspoon of cream of tartar. So, using that rule, this recipe would require 2 teaspoons lemon juice or distilled white vinegar instead of cream of tartar.

  8. 21

    Pilar says

    Just made it and the frosting is divine! I usually don’t like frosting because it’s too sweet or weird texture. This is literally like eating lightly sweetened clouds! Just amazing! It’s is now in my to go list of baking recipes. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  9. 23

    Lorena says

    can I frost a cake a day before and leave it out at room temperature? Or should it be refrigerated

    • 24


      It does not require refrigeration but I would not make the frosting more than 12 hours or so ahead of time. It could last for a day but I wouldn’t want to take a chance as it may begin to deflate after a day.

  10. 25

    Teri says

    ive been beating for over 5 mins now and it’s hardly even doubled. Still wet, not fluffy. What’s an estimate of beating time? Just looks like glaze at this point.

    • 26

      Teri says

      I beat it for 10 mins. It never fluffed. :( it’s the consistency of Elmers glue and has the perfume flavor mentioned above. Bummer. I really wanted to pipe the frosting on cupcakes, but I’m not going to be able to use it.

  11. 28

    lorie says

    for it not fluffing you may have added the simple syrup to soon ans the wrong flavor were your eggs old maybe?

  12. 29

    Karen says

    I don’t usually comment on Pinterest. But that photo of that frosting is just making me… Drool and I have to have this! Great photography sounds like a wonderful recipe I will have to try :-). Thank you!

  13. 32

    Sumit Datta says

    Tried and din’t work. Output was a sweet liquid not frosting. Poor recipe. No need for water. Water for frosting is a complete spoiler. Just need 1 1/2 egg whites and 1 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla essence 1 tea spoon. Just no need of hot water.Mix it all together and frosting is ready. Because of water everything liquefies.

  14. 34

    Jennifer says

    I made this recipe and it is so easy and much healthier then the regular buttercream icing! I know why people are getting the parfumey taste and it is because the icing sugar is bad. I guess it gets old fast once air has reached it. I made it again with fresh icing surgar that had not been open and it was perfect! My go to recipe from now on! Thanks

  15. 36

    Poh says

    Lovely recipe but mine came out very runny I checked everything and I can’t figure out why :(

    • 37


      I’m sorry to hear that, Poh. Of all the benefits of the virtual world, including free recipes at our fingertips, one of the downsides is not being able to cook side by side to see what may have gone wrong. Hopefully someone is working on a virtual cooking app right now. 😉

  16. 38

    Chris says

    I never comment on recipes until I actually make them because they might look delicious in a picture be not be good! Just finished making the 7 Minute Frosting exactly as posted and it is wonderful! My husband wanted a strawberry shortccake cake for Fathers Day like his grandmother use to make . Well grandma told her family that she made it from scratch but I got wind that she used a box white frosting that I cannot find locally anymore. I found your post and decided to give it a try. My husband is so happy. White cake , sliced strawberries and mounds of fluffy heaven. I have pinned this and I know I will make it often, Thank you!

  17. 40

    Michelle says

    Question, just made the frosting and it turned out great, I was wondering if the frosting is sturdy enough for frosting flower decorations on the sides? So far the flowers are sliding down. I was hoping putting it in the fridge would help firm it up enough.

  18. 42

    Heather says

    The photos are lovely! I tried the frosting today, and seemed to have the issue of it being “runny”. It was not at all like frosting, but a glaze. The taste was great, though! I mixed for at least 15 minutes, but no fluff:(

    • 44


      It would probably deflate the frosting as it is very light. A slight drizzle may be better. Let me know if you try it. It would most definitely be delicious!

  19. 45

    Suan says

    Made it, drained and squeezed sweet crushed pineapple, then mixed with the icing… OMG! Heavenly!!
    Thank you!!!

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