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Recipe Brown Sugar Buttercream

Brown Sugar Buttercream

Course Dessert, Frosting
Cuisine American
Keyword brown-sugar-buttercream, brown-sugar-frosting, buttercream-recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 7 cups
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 1 ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream plus additional as needed to thin
  • 1 ¼ cup butter softened (2 ½ sticks)
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 6 cups powdered sugar sifted


  • In a medium-size heavy bottomed saucepan bring the brown sugar and heavy cream to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool enough to still be pourable but, not set.
  • In a medium-size mixing bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed, whip the butter and vanilla with the brown sugar cream, Stop to scrape the sides of the bowl periodically.
  • Lower the speed, of the mixer and gradually add the confectioners sugar. Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl between additions.
  • Add additional heavy cream 1 Tbsp at a time to thin to spreading consistency, as needed.
  • After the powdered sugar is added, raise speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Store chilled in an airtight container until ready to use. Beat again before using.
  • Refrigerate any leftovers.


Frosts: 24 cupcakes, 1 9-inch (2) layer cake or (1) 9 x 13-inch sheet cake