4 large egg whites
1-1/3 cups sugar
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. In a heatproof bowl of a stand mixer, whisk egg whites, sugar, water and cream of tartar until blended. Place over simmering water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisking constantly, heat mixture until a thermometer reads 160°, about 3 to 5 minutes.
2. Remove from heat; add vanilla. With the whisk attachment of a stand mixer, beat on high speed until stiff glossy peaks form, about 7 minutes. Use immediately. Store frosted cake, uncovered, in refrigerator.
For a heavenly light and fluffy frosting, you can't top this cooked version. You'll definitely want to lick the beaters after whipping up this modern variation of the classic seven-minute frosting.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
YIELD: 4 cups.
2 tablespoons: 35 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.