Creamy Brown Sugar Frosting

This Creamy Brown Sugar Frosting is super rich and loaded with sweetness and flavor. It’s easy to make and goes well with pretty much everything!

ITTTTTT’SSSSS Frosting Friday again!!! I have taken a few weeks off from our frosting adventures, but I am back and it’s a GOOD ONE! Today we’re talking about Creamy Brown Sugar Frosting. It’s sweet, creamy and crazy delicious.

It crusts perfectly, if you are looking for a great crusting frosting, and the flavor is out of this world! I would eat this stuff with a spoon if my dentist would let me!

The only “downside” to my recipe is it isn’t stiff enough to pipe flowers, or anything that needs a firm edge. And that’s ok! It’s the perfect “spreading” frosting if that makes sense. This brown sugar frosting is absolutely thicker than an icing, although you could easily add less powdered sugar to the recipe and make it more “pourable”.

Let me essplain…

Creamy Brown Sugar Frosting

Tips for Creamy Frosting

The trick for me, is to cook the brown sugar with some butter and heavy cream, thus basically enough to dissolve the brown sugar. You could make this without doing this step, but your brown sugar would still be a little crunchy in the frosting…

I’m not opposed to that, actually, but if you want ultra-creamy, you need to melt the sugar.

Creamy Brown Sugar Frosting

Just bring this mixture to a boil and then remove it from the heat. If you boiled it longer, you’d be making candy, like caramel.

Cool Completely Before Adding Powdered Sugar

You really need to let it cool completely before whipping it up with powdered sugar. It would get completely solid as it cools, but it will be a thick glorious butterscotchy sauce. Girl, yes.

Creamy Brown Sugar Frosting

You could stop there…yes you could.

But I have never been one to back down from adding more sugar.

SO yep…add in some powdered sugar and mix it using your whisk attachment to thicken this all up and create a more traditional type frosting.

Creamy Brown Sugar FrostingThis frosting is fantastic on ANY cake…vanilla, chocolate, yellow…

And you could absolutely add chopped pecans to it as well to make a praline frosting. How good would THAT be?!

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Creamy Brown Sugar Frosting

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Category Category: Frosting
  • Method Method: Stove
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American

Description:

This Creamy Brown Sugar Frosting is super rich and loaded with sweetness and flavor. It’s easy to make and goes well with pretty much everything!


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium low heat bring the butter, brown sugar, and heavy cream to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat immediately and allow to cool completely.
  2. Transfer the brown sugar mixture into the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. With the mixer on low, slowly add in the powdered sugar. Turn the mixer speed up to medium and continue mixing until creamy and combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Notes:

This frosting is creamy and will pipe, but isn’t stiff enough to pipe roses. It also is a great “crusting” frosting.

Store airtight for up to 5 days in refrigerator. Bring back to room temperature before using.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Myn
September 21, 2020 1:00 am

Do you think this would work with Cream puff?

Cindy
September 11, 2020 11:14 pm

This. Stuff. Rocks. My new fave!

Lindsay
September 11, 2020 2:19 am

How can I make this like HALF as sweet? What proportions would you change?

Leah
January 22, 2020 2:59 pm

Do you think this would work with red velvet cake?

Sam
September 20, 2019 9:21 pm

Should add that they are baked donuts, not fried…

Sam
September 20, 2019 9:13 pm

Looking forward to trying this. Just getting into making donuts and one that I’ve been playing with is a pineapple donut. Thinking using this as the frosting and should have the taste of a pineapple upside down cake in portable form!

Antonia
December 15, 2019 11:40 am
Reply to  Sam

About how many normal size cupcakes could this recipe frost? I am making chocolate cookie dough stuffed cupcakes for the third time and don’t like the brown sugar frosting recipe included with the cupcake recipe. I’m going to use your recipe instead but don’t know whether I should double it or make as is.

Aynsley
September 15, 2019 10:56 am

Looks great! You said that it wouldn’t work to pipe flowers, but would it work to be thick enough to pipe onto cupcakes?
Thank you for all your great ideas!!

Stevie
August 24, 2019 3:10 pm

Ok! Wow! So here’s my total thought: I love rich but that icing was too rich for me to use as an icing on a cake. BUT that sauce mixture (is it technically homemade caramel?) that you add to the powdered sugar is amazing!!! It was like liquid toffee! So I am saving that to use in place of any other caramel sauce for the rest of my life. I think I will still attempt your icing again but use it as a glaze instead of frosting. Perhaps that’s what you meant it for anyway. Great job!

November 24, 2019 12:26 pm
Reply to  Stevie

This sounds close to the recipe I continually try to find. My grandmother made a molasses cake with crackle brown sugar frosting when I was very young. She has long since passed and took the recipe with her. I recall her serving it and tapping the top with the back of a spoon and the frosting would crack in multiple areas. It was absolutely the best dessert.

Alyson
October 22, 2018 3:33 pm

New favorite frosting. Thanks for the recipe!

Charla
September 7, 2018 9:02 pm

I love this frosting. I put it on spice cake

Marlene
July 2, 2018 11:15 am

Would this frosting work with dairy free alternatives?

Tanea P
February 2, 2018 2:49 pm

I made this frosting for pineapple upside down cupcakes, completely forgot the vanilla! It still turned out pretty delicious! Love love love it

Donna Leemhuis
July 23, 2017 11:55 am

I make this frosting but I put it on chocolate cake, of course, its really a darker chocolate cake.

Cheryl Newton
July 21, 2017 7:54 pm

Hi, Shelly! I almost want to make a batch of this frosting to keep in the fridge and eat by the spoonful. But I have a question: does the vanilla go in after the heated mixture is taken off heat? Thanks!

LeAnn
July 21, 2017 5:32 pm

your recipes says to use the paddle attachment on your stand mixer but your pictures show the whisk attachment. Does it matter which one to use?

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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