Fluffy Cherry Frosting Recipe

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Try topping your favorite cake with this creamy cooked frosting from our Test Kitchen. A pink tint and a hint of cherry flavor make it extra special.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
Healthy Quick Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cherry extract or 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Nutritional Facts

One serving (2/3 cup) equals 107 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 19 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, egg whites, water, cherry juice and cream of tartar. With a portable mixer, beat on low speed for 1 minute. Continue beating on low over low heat until frosting reaches 160° on a candy thermometer, about 10 minutes.
  2. Pour into the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer; add extracts. Beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes. Yield: 8 cups.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Originally published as Fluffy Cherry Frosting in Light & Tasty February/March 2003, p51

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Reviewed Feb. 25, 2011

"Mixed review here. The consistency of this frosting is wonderful! The cherry part of it made it taste like cough syrup so hubby won't eat it. I like it and it's gorgeous too!

Very easy to make but will try this with lemon next time."

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