Seven Minute Frosting Recipe

A popular Southern frosting, this seven minute frosting recipe is based on divinity candy.

Intensely sweet, this cooked frosting is a combination of sugar, corn syrup and egg whites.

Believed to have originated in America in the early 1900’s, divinity quickly became a popular confection. Although most people associate divinity with Southern sweets, it is not known who was first to use divinity ingredients in a fluffy white frosting recipe or where it was first made.

This recipe is cooked in a double boiler. A double boiler is simply a bowl (heat proof glass or metal) that is placed on top of a pan of water. Make sure that the bowl fits the pan tightly and that the bowl doesn’t touch the water in the pan. Use a hot pad to hold the bowl while mixing as the bowl will get hot.

True to its name, this home made frosting is easy to make and uses simple ingredients. Some electric mixers will whip up 7 minute frosting in less than 7 minutes. Due to the high sugar content, this frosting is best used right away for frosting cakes or cupcakes.

Yield: about 4 cups


  • 2 egg whites
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Mix all ingredients except vanilla in the top of a double boiler until combined.

2. Set bowl over just boiling water. With mixer set on high speed, beat constantly for 4 to 7 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Remove from heat.

3. Add vanilla and beat until frosting is thick and of good spreading consistency.

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