Brown Sugar Frosting Recipe

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Brown Sugar Frosting Recipe

Wanna taste a frosting like no other? Then try out my brown sugar frosting. It’s different, as none of the frostings made before have been made using brown sugar!! 

It’s creamy, fluffy, and something new. When was the last you added brown sugar to your frosting? Well, never before, right? But trust me, you might just want to eat this one without any dessert also. It’s that delicious. 

The slight crunch of the sugar is not unpleasant; rather, it gives a crunchy texture to it. And you will love it, I know! You can pair this with almost any dessert you want

Why You’ll Love This Recipe? 

  • It’s Different: we have been making frostings for as long as we have been baking. And I’m sure hardly anyone would have made a frosting using brown sugar. It’s always whipped cream or buttercream made using icing sugar. The reason icing sugar is used is that being powdered, it can mix into the frosting quite fast and easily. But here, when brown sugar is used, you find that slight crunch from the sugar granules it presents, which is pleasantly different. 
  • The Flavor: The molasses in the brown sugar helps provide a sweet, warm caramel-like flavor to the frosting. I’m pretty sure you must not have tasted a frosting like this before. 
  • Easy to make: The frosting has a few steps different than usual frostings but nothing too complicated. The recipe is quite simple. You can make this frosting anytime you like. 

Important Ingredients Used In The Recipe

  • Brown Sugar: There is a variety of brown sugar available in the market. Light, medium and dark defines the amount of molasses in it. The size of the brown sugar also comes in various ratios. So look for medium brown sugar with small granules. If the size of the sugar is too large, then it will remain big in the frosting also, which may not feel good. With a small size, you will only feel a slight crunch in it. 
  • Fresh Cream: The addition of fresh cream helps make the frosting smooth, rich, and creamy. It also helps to dissolve brown sugar before adding it to the butter. 
  • Icing Sugar: Of course, sifted icing sugar is required to provide not only sweetness but also the thickness the frosting needs. 
  • Unsalted Butter: Ensure to use room temperature softened unsalted butter for best results.
  • Salt and Vanilla Essence: A hint of salt and a dash of vanilla always make your product’ Flavour taste much better. If you don’t believe it, try it yourself by tasting the frosting before and after adding the salt and vanilla essence. 

How To Make Brown Sugar Frosting

Preparation: First, grab all the ingredients and tools needed to make the brown sugar frosting. 

Mix Sugar and Cream: Before beating the butter, mix the brown sugar and fresh cream in a bowl. Try to mix and dissolve the sugar as much as possible so as to avoid large bits in the frosting. 

Beat Butter: Start beating the unsalted butter in a bowl using an electric hand beater kept at medium speed. Beat it until it becomes light and fluffy. 

Add Cream-Sugar Mixture: Now add the previously made cream and brown sugar mixture to the butter. Beat this well enough so that the cream and sugar both get mixed thoroughly. 

Add Icing Sugar and Salt: Next, sieve the icing sugar and salt to eliminate any lumps. Add the sifted mixture to the frosting and beat until fully incorporated. 

Add Vanilla Essence: Finally, add vanilla essence and give it a mix. 

Chef’s Tips For The Recipe

Room Temperature Ingredients 

I always emphasize using room temperature ingredients whenever you are making any product unless it is mentioned in the recipe to use otherwise. The butter and cream must be at room temperature consistency to get the best results. 

Tip For Beating

To ensure that the brown sugar gets dissolved well, first, mix it thoroughly with the cream, and then when it is added to the butter, beat until you see little to no sugar. 

How To Store Brown Sugar Frosting

You must use a fresh batch of frosting made on your desserts. In case of leftover frosting or if making ahead of time, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for a month. 

More Easy Recipes

You can check some other delicious frosting recipes for your desserts

Ermine Frosting

Strawberry Frosting 

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting 

Frequently Asked Questions 

What can I do if I have large granulated brown sugar? 

In such a case, you can grind the brown sugar in a food processor or a mixer. I would not suggest using large-size sugar as it won’t mix well. 

Can I use castor sugar in place of brown sugar? 

The essence of this frosting comes from the brown sugar. The molasses provide a subtle flavor as well as color to the frosting. However, if you are looking for some change in the frosting, you can replace the brown sugar with a castor. 

What can I pair this frosting with? 

You pair it with your chocolate cake or cupcake, Banana flavored cake, or spiced cake-like pumpkin cake or banana bread. It will also taste well with coffee and caramel-flavored cakes or cupcakes. 

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Brown Sugar Frosting Recipe

Brown Sugar Frosting: Indulge in some creamy, rich, sugary frosting that is going to become the rage in your house once you taste it. 

  • Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 100g Unsalted Butter
  • 80g Brown Sugar
  • 100g Icing Sugar
  • 30g Fresh Cream
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Essence


  1. Add brown sugar and fresh cream in a bowl and mix properly.
  2. Beat softened unsalted butter in a separate bowl using an electric hand beater. Beat until it gets light and fluffy. 
  3. Add the brown sugar and cream mixture and beat it. Ensure that it gets mixed thoroughly.
  4. Sieve the icing sugar and salt and add it to the beaten butter. Continue beating until everything gets incorporated well. 
  5. Lastly, add vanilla essence and give it a mix.
  • Author: Chef Mansi Jain
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes

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