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Old Fashioned Fluffy Frosting

Old Fashioned Fluffy Frosting I am officially the mother of a teenager.

I am not even really sure how that happened, it seems like yesterday I had her.  13 years have gone by, in what seems like the blink of an eye.

While I am trying to adjust to the fact that my baby is 13, My daughter already has the teenage thing down pat.

When I asked her what kind of frosting she wanted on her birthday cake this was her reply: “I don’t care, but I don’t like shortening frosting, and I don’t like frosting that feels gritty”

Ok, then.

I am not sure why she feels buttercream frosting is gritty, I have always made it with confectioners sugar, and grittiness has never really been a thing I have noticed.

I got to thinking about different kinds of frosting and remembered an old recipe I have for a frosting that cooks up nice and fluffy and tastes like marshmallow cream.

This recipe for Old Fashioned Fluffy Frosting is an old recipe. You can find it in old cookbooks, usually named 7-minute icing. It actually takes a little longer than 7 minutes to make this frosting but is completely worth it.  The frosting is light, fluffy, and pure white.

And according to my daughter not gritty at all 🙂

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Old Fashioned Fluffy Frosting

Old fashioned fluffly frosting

This recipe for Old Fashioned Fluffy Frosting is an old recipe. You can find it in old cookbooks, usually named 7-minute icing. It actually takes a little longer than 7 minutes to make this frosting but is completely worth it.

  • Author: Jennifer Morrisey
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

In a saucepan, stir together the sugar, water and cream of tartar. Cook over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is bubbly.

In a medium mixing bowl, whip the egg whites and vanilla until soft peaks form.

Gradually add the hot sugar mixture while whipping constantly, for about 7 to 10 minutes, until stiff peaks form.

Frost the cake of your choice.

Old fashioned fluffly frosting

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6 comments
  • I made this frosting recipe last night for a birthday cake. Was I supposed to refrigerator this cake once it was iced? When I got up this morning, the frosting had slipped down the sides of the cake almost like it melted???

  • I made this today and it is so good, just like my mom used to make. I thought I had vanilla extract in the house but I didn’t, so omitted that, and it was still delicious. Obviously a little less vanilla-y but so so easy!

  • This is an excellent frosting. It’s easy to make, uses ingredients you’ll have on hand, tastes good, spreads easily, looks impressive. It’s great on a rich chocolate cake. Kids and adults like it.

  • I bake way too many cakes (not a bad thing!) but I always use the same old frosting recipe. Excited to try this one next time! Thank you for sharing 😀

Jennifer Morrisey

Hi! I’m Jennifer – a work at home, farmer's wife, mom to 3, living life in Upstate New York! I love sharing tasty recipes, easy do it yourself projects, and little stories of life on a farm in the Finger Lakes.

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