How to Make Boiled Icing

by zesty on September 2, 2008 · 94 comments

I have had a lot of people ask me – How do you make such great boiled icing?

So I thought I would share my simple yet effective technique.  As mentioned boiled icing does taste great especially with the older generation and it is very simple to make.

When you are making your next cake… give the following a try for your icing and let me know what you think.

I would love to hear other variations of the popular boiled icing.


1 c. sugar
1/2 c. water
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
2 egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla


Step 1

Combine the sugar, corn syrup and the water in a quart pot.

Step 2

In a separate mixing bowl, whip the egg whites until they are stiff and hold a peak. Set aside.

Step 3

Bring the sugar mixture to a boil and then to 238 degrees F.

Step 4

Pour the hot syrup over the egg whites in a steady thin stream, beating constantly.

Step 5

Add the vanilla and beat until cool and of spreading consistency. If icing does not seem stiff enough, beat in 2 or 3 tablespoons confectioners sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until stiff enough to hold its shape. Spread over your next cake and enjoy!

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