Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

This recipe is a fond favorite from my chilhood. I don't think that my mother ever used a different frosting on our birthday cakes. The recipe is from my mother's personal hand-made recipe book. The prep and cook times here, I have estimated.


  1. Combine all ingredients except vanilla in upper part of a double boiler, beating constantly with an egg beater until frosting stands in peaks.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add vanilla.
  4. Beat until frosting will spread easily on a 2 layer 8 inch cake.
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Donna, Your a woman after my own heart,I have kept my recipe for this frosting from my mom too,it is a great tasting kind of a crusty icing that is sweet and really good,it was put on all of us kids' birthday cakes as we were growing up,there were ten of us,so you can figure it out for yourself how often it was made at our house. :) Thanks for the memories,Darlene

Darlene Summers January 26, 2004

This was good but very sweet! I don't have an egg beater (do they even sell them anymore, LOL) so I used my electric mixer. I started over boiling water & it was ready in 7 minutes - hence the name. Thanx Donna!

CountryLady January 29, 2004