Meringue Frosting


Since the light and airy nature of this fluffy meringue frosting recipe is what makes it special, enjoy it on the same day you make it.

Meringue Frosting
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Total Time:
25 mins
5 cups frosting


  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar

  • cup cold water

  • 2 egg whites

  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a 2-quart top of a double boiler combine sugar, water, egg whites, and cream of tartar. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds.

  2. Place the pan over boiling water (upper pan should not touch the water). Cook, beating constantly with the electric mixer on high speed, for 10 to 13 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees F when inserted in the mixture, stopping beater and quickly scraping bottom and sides of pan every 5 minutes to prevent sticking. Remove pan from the heat; add vanilla. Beat about 1 minute more or until frosting is fluffy and holds soft peaks. This frosts tops and sides of two 8- or 9-inch cake layers or one 10-inch tube cake. Store frosted cake in the refrigerator and serve the same day it is made.

  3. Makes about 5 cups.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

97 Calories
24g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 97
% Daily Value *
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 1g
Potassium 19mg 0%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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