Browned Butter Frosting

Browned ButterIt Starts with Browned Butter

This browned butter frosting recipe is extraordinary. You will delight in this outstanding icing that can be used as a delicious filling for cakes of all kinds.

With 5 simple ingredients you can create the most unbelievable flavor sensation. Use this as a frosting for cupcakes and cakes of all types.

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Here are the 5 ingredients you need to make 2 cups of this marvelous browned butter frosting:


  • 1 stick of unsalted butter (4 ounces)
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese
  • 1 cup of confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt


Brown the butter in a saucepan over medium/high heat. Pour the butter into a shallow pan or bowl and refrigerate until it is semi hard. Scrape it into the mixing bowl with the cream cheese and mix very well. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla and salt and mix on high until light and fluffy

You will notice as you are browning the butter that it will start to boil, at this stage watch it carefully as it can go from browned to blackened very quickly. Have a bowl or pan close by so that you can pour the butter out of the hot pan quickly into the bowl. Then refrigerate it immediately. (you can also use the freezer to cool it down.) Just don't let it freeze. If it does get too hard, you can microwave it for a few seconds or give it a hot bath over a bowl of hot water.

Cake flavors that pair well with browned butter frosting

Chocolate and Carrot cake would go very nicely with this frosting, but I wouldn't stop there. I would bet it would compliment just about any type of cake recipe. The flavor is a butterscotch/caramel. Kids would also appreciate this on a cupcake.

This recipe makes just barely enough to fill and frost a 6 inch size. Double up on it if you want to have plenty to decorate with or if you are making an 8 inch or larger size.

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