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A whisk full of Swiss meringue frosting.

Perfect Swiss Meringue

  • Author: Cindy Gibbs @ My Country Table
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 15
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Frostings
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American


Perfect Swiss Meringue is a silky, glossy, and smooth-textured meringue that pipes and decorates beautifully, and it tastes like the best homemade marshmallow in spreadable form.


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  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Add the egg whites, sugar, salt and cream of tartar to a medium heatproof bowl, (or to the heatproof bowl of a stand mixer). Whisk to combine.
  2. Place bowl over a medium pan of simmering water. Make sure water does not touch the bottom of the bowl.
  3. Whisk egg white mixture constantly for up to 3-4 minutes until the sugar has completely dissolved. Check by rubbing a small amount of the mixture between two fingers. If it feel smooth and no longer grainy or gritty, it’s ready to be removed from the pan of water. Add the vanilla.
  4. Pour the mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer, if you don’t already have it in the mixer bowl. Whisk mixture on low speed for a few seconds, gradually increasing speed to high. Whisk until mixture becomes stiff, and looks glossy and satiny. Peaks should stand on their own.
  5. Keep refrigerated. Use within three days.


  • *Yields enough meringue for 12 cupcakes or one nine-inch cake layer. The recipe can be doubled for twenty-four cupcakes or one double-layer cake, however, I recommend making the recipe twice, instead of doubling it.
  • The egg whites in this recipe are heated to a safe temperature for safe consumption.  If you’re concerned, use a thermometer and make sure the mixture reaches 160 degrees.

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