7-Minute Frosting Recipe
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7-Minute Frosting Recipe

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This 7-minute frosting recipe is one I make at least once a year. If I made more cakes, I would make this frosting more often. Here’s the deal, I make a bunny cake each year for one of my daughters. Yes, a cake bunny. She was born close to Easter, and for some reason, this cake is made every year when we celebrate together.

Now, that I live closer to her, we will continue the tradition. It doesn’t matter that she is over 40 years old now, it’s a mom thing. I’m going to share how I make the bunny cake, that’s how I roll, my friends. This recipe has been in my family for over 50 years. Does it look familiar to any of you? I bet it does!

In case you’re wondering what 7-minute frosting is. It is a cooked frosting and you beat it for 7 minutes with a hand mixer. You will see a sticky and yummy frosting emerge as you beat the mixture with the mixer. This 7-minute frosting recipe tastes like soft marshmallows wrapped around a cake.

7-Minute Frosting Recipe

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7-Minute Frosting Recipe + Bunny Cake

Step One: Gather Ingredients

Gather your ingredients, so you’re ready to make the recipe. Use an egg separator or the eggshells to save the egg whites.

Frosting Ingredients

Step Two: Place Ingredients in a Pan – Mix

Place all the ingredients, except for the vanilla, in a double boiler pan (you have water in the lower saucepan) and mix thoroughly.

Cook the frosting

Step Three: Mix Until Thickened

This is how it looks after about 3 minutes. You can see that it starts to “thicken” up.

7-Minute Frosting Recipe

Step Four: Continue to Mix on Medium Heat

Use a hand mixer while cooking over medium heat for 7 minutes or until you get the desired consistency. I like “stiff peaks.” Add the vanilla and then frost your cake or cupcakes, if you’d like those too.

Stiff Peaks

Bunny Cake Instructions and Ingredients

Step One: Read Cake Mix Directions

Make the cake as directed on the package you purchased. This is so funny, I bought a Duncan Hines cake mix, and made it as directed. I greased two 9-inch round cakes pans. Well, the cake mixes must be a lot smaller than they use to be. The batter filled only one 9-inch round cake pan.

Cake Ready To Bake

It’s crazy, I’ve always made two round cakes, not this year. I keep hearing we are paying more for smaller packages, I guess so. I washed the other cake pan and put it away.

Cake is Baked

Step Two: Cut the Cake

Cut the cake in half. This will be the body of the bunny.

Cut Cake in Half

Step Three: Place on a Platter

Place the halves on your serving platter.

Place the Pieces Together

Step Four: “Glue” Cake Halves

Spread some of the 7-minute frosting between the cake halves to “glue” them together.

Glue the halves together with frosting

Step Five: Frost the Full Cake

Frost the bunny cake with the 7-minute frosting. Sprinkle some white coconut on the bunny to make it look like fur. Use a quart mason jar to color the coconut with green food coloring. It doesn’t matter if you want it a little green or a darker green.

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Sprinkle it around the cake. Now, sprinkle some jelly beans around the base of the bunny cake on top of the green-colored coconut. Save a few pink jelly beans for the eyes and nose. Make pink ears out of construction paper and stick them in the frosting. We used to use a Hostess Snowball cupcake for the tail, but they are too hard to find now.

7-Minute Frosting Recipe

Finished Product

It’s fun to decorate some cupcakes as well. We used to be able to use red licorice rope for the whiskers and the “cupcake baskets” with a handle, but they don’t make it like they used to.

7-Minute Frosting Recipe

7-Minute Frosting Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Stiff Peaks
7 Minute Frosting
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cake or 24 cupcakes
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Place all the ingredients, except for the vanilla, in a double boiler pan (you put water in the lower pan) and mix thoroughly. Use a mixer while cooking over medium heat for 7 minutes, or until you get the desired consistency. I like “stiff peaks." Add the vanilla and frost your cake or cupcakes.

How do I store the leftover cake?

Because the frosting is cooked, you can let it sit on your countertop covered with a glass cake top or plastic wrap.

Can I freeze this cake?

I have never frozen this frosted cake so I can’t recommend freezing this one.

Final Word

I hope you enjoyed this 7-minute frosting recipe and bunny cake. It’s so fun to celebrate Easter in a religious manner, but this cake makes everyone smile. It’s all about teaching our kids and grandkids the joy of cooking and baking from scratch. May God Bless this world, Linda

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  1. 5 stars
    Seeing a bunny cake brought back memories! I get tired of powdered sugar frostings which are so sweet. I haven’t made this in a few years (or more!) and appreciate the reminder to make this recipe again. I probably need to buy a stronger hand mixer too. I use mine mainly for whipped cream type things but this is a heavier frosting.

    1. Hi Kay, thank you for the 5 stars, my friend! I use the same hand mixer for my cream cheese frosting as the 7-minute frosting. I bet your hand mixer would work. That 7 minutes seems like 20 minutes!! LOL! It’s so good, sometimes I need a change from my usual cream cheese frosting. Linda

  2. 5 stars
    When we very first moved to our neighborhood after purchasing our first home (21 years here next month!), a neighbor’s son made this cake for us as a welcoming gift. He was in boy scouts and earned a cooking badge for it too. Our young sons thought it was the best cake ever. I never have tasted frosting that good since. Now that you’ve shared the recipe, we’re making this for Sunday dessert. Thanks Linda!!

    1. Hi Steff, thank you for the 5 stars, my sweet friend! Oh my gosh, what a nice welcome to the neighborhood treat! That Boy Scout is awesome for earning his cooking badge! It’s good Steff, have fun making it! Linda

  3. 5 stars
    I love this! My mom used to make it for my every year for my Spring birthday! I love the cupcakes too! Thanks for the reminder- I’m going to make it for Easter Sunday!

  4. 5 stars
    I love this frosting. I have not had it for 50 years. My mom never passed it around. Thank you for the reprint. My ‘kids’ will now be getting it too.
    I really enjoy your articles.

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