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1968 Better Homes & Garden's "Seven Minute Frosting"

1968 Better Homes & Garden's "Seven Minute Frosting"

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Yes, it has the evil that is the sugar, but it doesn't have all those nasty chemicals you'd find in the can frosting. So if you absolutely must, it's a better way to go. :)

2 egg whites from large eggs -- 3 if not.
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
dash salt
and lastly -- 1 teaspoon vanilla

You need a double boiler for this and an electric hand mixer for this.

Start water simmering in the lower part of your double boiler, and put the top part on the counter with all ingredients but the vanilla -- Do Not Put Over Boiling Water Yet. Mix on low for 1/2 minute to blend ingredients.

Put top part over boiling water and whip on high speed for about 7 minutes, or until stiff peaks form. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Continue to whip for 2 more minutes, or until spreadable. And you're done! Very yummy and fluffy! Tastes a little bit like a marshmallow cream frosting, and will give you plenty of frosting for your cake.
  • Um. Tags.

    I've tried twice to add them, but they seem determined not to go.

    I shall try again, cuz I'm stubborn.
    • Re: Um. Tags.

      Okay, wonder what the deal is? Sometimes LJ just does that. Sometimes my cuts don't work.
  • If you wanted to make a different flavor out of it, say chocolate would you replace the vanilla?
    • A bit more ...

      The book actually listed variations, though I've yet to try those. (goes to grab book) Okay, let's see:

      Chocolate Frosting:
      Prepare Seven Minute Frosting. Fold in two 1-ounce squares of unsweetened chocolate before frosting cake.

      Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting:
      Soften one 3-ounce package of cream cheese. Prepare Seven Minute Frosting. Beat small amount of frosting into softened cream cheese. Then beat cream cheese mixture back into frosting.

      Tropical Frosting:
      Drain one 8 3/4 can of Pineapple Tidbits in Syrup, reserving 1/3 cup of syrup. Prepare Frosting, substituting syrup for water. Add 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel instead of vanilla. Garnish finished cake with pineapple tidbits.

      Burnt Sugar Frosting:
      Prepare Seven Minute Frosting, decreasing sugar to 1 1/4 cups and water to 1/4 cup. Substitute 3 - 4 tablespoons Burnt Sugar Syrup.

      Burnt Sugar Syrup:
      In heavy skillet melt (caramelize) 2/3 cup granulated sugar, stirring constantly. When a deep golden brown, remove from heat. Slowly add 2/3 cup boiling water. Cook and stir til caramelized sugar dissolves. Bring to boil and cook til it reduces to 1/2 cup. Cool.
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