If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you may have noticed that Bay Islanders love their pastries and desserts! In addition to pot cakes like Yuca Cake and Rice Cake, Chocolate Cake with White Icing is another island favorite. In the previous post, I made my mother’s Five Minute Chocolate Cake and topped it with this Seven Minute Frosting!
This frosting requires the use of a double-boiler like this one here. I don’t have a double boiler, so in typical island fashion — I improvised! I got a large pot and filled it halfway with water and then used a metal mixing bowl to float on top of the water with the ingredients. You could do the same. Check out the video below to see how I did it.
Although I must admit, it took me a bit longer than just seven minutes!
The reason it took longer than seven minutes is because when I made the first batch, I made the mistake of putting the mixing bowl in the water first and then added the ingredients. But I quickly realized that the eggs were scrambling before I could begin mixing. Which meant starting over from scratch. Ugh!
So don’t make the mistake I made and begin by mixing all your ingredients first!
Mix egg whites, sugar, water, vanilla, and syrup.
Then place the mixing bowl in the boiling water, and cook for seven minutes while mixing continuously.
Remove from heat, add a squeeze of lime juice, and continue to beat until it becomes nice and fluffy like marshmallow creme!
You could omit the lime juice if you like, but I find that it cuts down a bit on the egg-like taste. The lime juice also makes the icing nice and white, because our Honduran cane sugar is a little darker than regular white sugar. Also, technically, this icing is supposed to be very smooth. But as you can see in the photo below, this had bits of crystallized sugar and that was also due to the coarseness of the cane sugar I used. To avoid any graininess, use a finer white sugar. 😉
Watch Seven Minute Frosting Recipe Video
Seven Minute Frosting
- 2 Egg Whites
- 1.5 Cups Sugar
- 5 Tbs. Water
- 1.5 Tsp. Corn Syrup Light
- 1 Tsp. Vanilla
- 1 Tsp. Lime Juice
- Combine egg whites, sugar, water, syrup, and vanilla in a metal mixing bowl.
- Beat with a mixer.
- Place on top of a double boiler or in a large pot filled halfway with water, allowing the mixing bowl to float.
- Mix for seven minutes on top of the double boiler.
- Remove from heat.
- Add lime juice.
- Continue to beat until stiff peaks form and icing is thick enough to spread.
Place on double boiler after all ingredients are combined.