Suspiro Recipe (Meringue Icing for Dominican Cake)

Suspiro Recipe (Meringue Icing for Dominican Cake): A poetic name, and the delicate texture of a cloud, the perfect icing for our divine national cake.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dominican, Latino
Keyword dominican meringue, dominican suspiro
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 cups (approx)
Calories 98kcal
Author Clara González


  • 2 egg whites at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup of powdered (caster) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of corn starch (maicena)
  • ¼ teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup of sugar (for the caramel)
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)


  • Using the stand mixer wire whisk beat the egg whites for 30 seconds at low speed. Increase speed to medium and whisk until they become white and has doubled (about 3 mins).
  • Add the powdered sugar, cornstarch and cream of tartar, whisk until it has firm peaks (about 5 mins).
  • In the meantime, mix sugar for the caramel and water. Boil in a saucepan over high heat. If you have a candy thermometer (Amazon affiliate link) -I do recommend using one- boil until it reaches 112 °C [235 °F]. If you do not have a thermometer, boil until it becomes a light caramel (It will be thick but still a light color, and has reduced to about half in volume.)

  • Slowly, and in a thin stream, pour the caramel into the bowl, followed by the vanilla extract, whisking over high speed until it forms very firm peaks, and most of the meringue has "climbed" into the center of the wire whisk.


To make Suspiro your utensils must be very clean. I suggest you wash them with warm soapy water and dry carefully beforehand.
Humidity in the air and room temperature will affect the results when preparing 'suspiro'. Hot, dry days yield better Suspiros.
The reason why I use cornstarch is to make the Suspiro firmer without having to add extra sugar that would make it sickly sweet.
Cream of tartar is an acidic white powder used in baking to activate acid/base reactions without altering the flavors, in this case it improves the texture and "airiness" of the Suspiro. It can be found in the baking aisle of your local supermarkets. It's very cheap and lasts for years.


Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 37mg | Sugar: 23g