I remember my grandmother talking about Seven Minute Icing when I was knee-high to a grasshopper. Imagine my delight when one of my customers specifically requested it! (Note: 7 minutes is a really long time when you’re standing over a stovetop holding a mixer in your hand!) This one, too, is from the Better Homes and Gardens New Baking Cookbook.
1 ½ cups sugar
2 egg whites
¼ tsp cream of tartar OR 2 tsp light-colored corn syrup (Karo)
1 tsp. vanilla
In the top of a double boiler combine the sugar, 1/3 cup cold water, egg whites and cream of tartar (or syrup). Beat with a portable electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Place over boiling water (upper pan should not touch water). Cook, beating constantly with mixer on high speed, about 7 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Remove from heat; add vanilla; beat 2-3 minutes more until easy to spread.