Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Seven Minute Frosting

Jim’s birthday was the Sunday before we left on our trip and we had a really fun day watching football with friends and eating lots of really good food. I made the cake before we left and when we got home I still had to whip up the frosting. Thankfully, this recipe is so easy and if you have never tried a seven minute frosting you should really try it at least once.

Once I frosted the cake I let the girls put the sprinkles and candles on top.  They think it’s marshmallow frosting so it really appeals to little ones, too!  It gets really nice and fluffy and when it sits for a bit it has a crispy outside that is really nice. It’s not as sweet as buttercream and it goes wonderfully with a chocolate cake.

This is Jim’s favorite cake so now that I have made it a few times I can honestly say, it’s really simple to whip up.  His mom made this for him when he was little so I am sure that is why he requests it now.  It is very similar to the brown sugar frosting that we used in the spice cake last month. Typically you will need a double boiler, but this recipe has you add the melted sugar to the egg whites in your mixer so if you don’t have a double boiler no worries.  A candy thermometer is helpful, but not completely necessary.

I used this chocolate cake again and it turned out really nice.



Fluffy Seven Minute Frosting
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1¾ cups sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 egg whites, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Bring sugar and water to a boil. Boil for 3-4 minutes or until a candy thermometer reads 242 degrees F (firm-ball stage). Meanwhile, beat egg whites and cream of tartar in a mixing bowl until foamy. Slowly pour in hot sugar mixture; continue to beat on high for 7 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Add vanilla. Continue beating until frosting reaches desired consistency, about 2 minutes.



  1. I love seven minute frosting! Especially on chocolate cake! This looks positively scrumptious!

  2. Homemade birthday cake is the very best kind! Chocolate cake with seven minute frosting is my favorite that my other used to make for me when I was a child. Some very nice memories associated with this dessert.

  3. That chocolate cake looks yummy, I’ve never heard of 7 minute frosting sounds good though.
    In reply to your question on my blog – I think from what I’ve read on other comments they brambles are the same as blackberries. They are good aren’t they?

  4. I make a frosting that is similar to this one. I love fluffy white frosting with chocolate cake too.

  5. I’ve had this frosting on my list of things to try for AGES. You’ve inspired me to finally try it. I have two more birthdays in the family this year, so it will happen sooner than later now. Thanks!

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