Growing up this was my absolute favorite frosting! To this day it still holds a piece of my heart. I have so many good memories involving this frosting. Some great memories baking cakes with Grandma and some many birthday cakes. I remember grandma teaching me how to make this frosting for the first time and how proud I was to show her that I could make it on my own. Sure I was probably 13 years old and baking anything was exciting but this frosting was extra special. I’m so thankful I have mastered this recipe so I can pass it down to my children one day.
Do note that this is a tricky frosting and if it doesn’t come out just right it still tastes good but might just run off you cake.
I start by adding water and sugar to a saucepan on medium heat. I stir on and off, bring the mixture to a boil. Once the mixture is at a boil stir continually. While working on the sugar water I like to start to beat the egg whites. I beat the egg whites until they are stiff.
Then I go back to the sugar water. I start by dipping a spoon into the sugar water and seeing how the sugar water runs off the spoon. It is done when drips into a shape of a piece of hair. Be very carful not to over cook the sugar water because then you will get a burnt taste.
Right before the sugar water looks done I like to re-beat the egg whites to make sure they are nice and stiff. Once you get the sugar water just right add it the stiff egg whites. Lastly I add the vanilla and frosting a cooled cake right away.
It works best if used right away and it taste so good that you are not going to want to wait!!
Grandma Boxler’s Boiled Frosting
- 2/3 cup Sugar
- 1 1/3 cup Water
- 3 Egg whites
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla
- Bring Water and Sugar to a boil in saucepan
- Stir off and on continuously until your able to dip your spoon into the mixture and have a hair like drip come off the spoon
- While the water and sugar are boiling, beat egg whites until stiff
- Once you have a hair like drip, beat egg whites one last time for 30 seconds
- Add sugar water to egg whites
- Add vanilla
- Use frosting right away