Can you freeze 7-minute frosting?

In this brief guide, we’ll explore the query: “Can you freeze 7-minute frosting?” Also, what happens if you freeze 7-minute frosting, what 7-minute frosting is, what the nutritional content of 7-minute frosting is, and if it’s healthy to eat. 

Can you freeze 7-minute frosting?

No, freezing 7-minute frosting, or any frosting for that matter, is not recommended, as freezing temperatures will dry it and make it lose its texture.  

Some authors claim that it can be frozen and reused, but in truth, it will be of subpar quality. And it’s simply easier and better to make frosting in every instance for which it is needed. 

It may take some getting used to and tinkering with recipes and volumes, but we advise readers to practice and learn how to prepare as much frosting as is needed per dish and occasion. 

What happens if I freeze 7-minute frosting

Freezing 7-minute frosting will cause it to lose its moisture, harden and lose its volume. The air bubbles trapped inside the frosting will shrink due to the cold temperature, and the outer layer will begin to dry, turn coarse and deflate.

For this reason, 7-minute frosting is best used fresh and occupied to the fullest. Notably, this type of frosting isn’t recommended when baking a day in advance, as it does tend to lose volume quicker than other frostings made of buttercream. 

What is 7-minute frosting

Seven-minute frosting, which is also known as boiled icing, is a decorative food product that, as its name indicates, can be made in as little as seven minutes. It is a cooked icing, as it is beaten while it is heated to 160°F. 

Ingredients include egg whites, vanilla extract, corn syrup, sugar, and water. 

The process of preparing 7-minute frosting requires (ideally) a mixer with a steel bowl, double boiling, and is as follows: 

All the ingredients, sans the vanilla extract, should be added to the electric mixer bowl and beaten at a low speed. 

The double boiler can then be set up. The water inside the bottom pot should be heated to a simmer and should not be too high, as it would then touch the bottom of the electric mixer bowl, and cook the icing at too high a heat. The heat given off from the steam of the simmering water cooks the icing, not the heat from the water itself. 

While the mixer bowl is first placed over the simmering water, all the ingredients should be mixed with a handheld electric beater at a low speed to make the mixture foamy. 

Gradually, after about 3 minutes, the electric beater’s speed can be increased to high, and the ingredients will have begun to expand, having a fluffy appearance 

The mixture should be beaten for about 5 or 7 minutes until removing the beaters makes the mixture form peaks on both ends. 

Once ready the mixture has a cloudy appearance, it can be taken from the heat and left to chill, while mixing the vanilla extract in. 

Within a half-hour of adding the vanilla extract, the icing can be used to decorate cakes or any other pastries, though appearance-wise it may be a little more perishable than other fattier frostings.

What is the nutritional content of 7-minute frosting

On average, a 1.5 cup serving of 7-minute frosting will provide: 

  • 1213 calories
  • 6 grams of protein
  • 0 grams of fat
  • 301.7 grams of carbohydrates (of which 300.5 grams are sugar)
  • 374.2 milligrams of sodium
  • 15.4 milligrams of potassium

And trace amounts of Vitamin B6, zinc, niacin, riboflavin, selenium, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and calcium.  

Is 7-minute frosting healthy to eat? 

No, eating 7-minute frosting is not a healthy choice. If consumed moderately and sporadically, it may not have any adverse effects. 

While some may be under the impression that it’s preferable to buttercream, which has fat, the high amount of sugar present in 7-minute frosting makes it potentially detrimental to diabetic patients and those looking to lose weight. 

Also, the use of corn syrup means it will also have high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) present in it, which is associated with various diseases such as obesity, fatty liver disease, diabetes, and some cancers. 

Summarizing, the short shelf-life of 7-minute frosting may be a boon, in the sense that it should only be prepared as needed and shouldn’t be a staple in kitchens and households. 


In this brief guide, we’ve explored the query: “Can you freeze 7-minute frosting?” Also, what happens if you freeze 7-minute frosting, what 7-minute frosting is, what the nutritional content of 7-minute frosting is, and if it’s healthy to eat. 


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