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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To catch up our Frosting Friday adventures, check out these other great recipes:

Perfect Buttercream

Creamy Chocolate Frosting

Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting

Heritage Frosting

Marshmallow Frosting


Creamy Brown Sugar Frosting

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


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!


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


  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.


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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11 Responses

  1. Mary

    I have a recipe similar but yours looks better. I use mine for my banana cake and sometimes will put it on banana bread. It is so delicious, next time I’m gonna use yours it looks so good.

  2. LeAnn

    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?

    1. Shelly

      ahhh thank you for catching that! Just a typo! I use the paddle attachment for almost everything, so I get into auto-pilot more! You do use the whisk attachment! All fixed!

  3. Cheryl Newton

    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!

  4. Tanea P

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

    1. Shelly

      Yes, as long as it’s a heavy cream equivalent. If you use a nondairy milk, you will need to use less, as it will be thinner.

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