Never-Fail Or Seven-Minute Icing
This icing is so light and creamy! You’ll definitely love it. I make this frosting all the time.
2 egg whites
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup water
few grains salt
1/4 tsp cream of tartar or 1-1/2 tsp corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla
Combine all ingredients except vanilla in top of double boiler. Cook over boiling water, beating constantly with a rotary egg beater. Cook for 7 minutes or until mixture holds a point when beater is lifted. Remove from heat, add vanilla and coontinue beating until cool enough to spread.
Will frost tops and sides of 2 (9-inch) layers.
Lemon - Use lemon juice instead of 2 tbsp of water, omit cream of tartar and vanilla and add 1/4 tsp grated lemon rind.
Orange - Use only 1/4 cup water. Use juice and rind of 1/2 orange instead of vanilla.
Peppermint - Flavor with few drops of oil of peppermint instead of vanilla and, when frosting on cake is cold but still soft, make a 1-inch border of chocolate flakes around top of cake. Make flakes by scraping bitter chocolate with knife.
Caramel - Use brown sugar in place of granulated sugar.
Chocolate - Stir 2 squares chocolate, melted, into icing just before spreading on cake.