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Brown Sugar Frosting Recipe

Brown sugar frosting is one of my most favorite frostings. If you use light brown sugar, as shown above, the brown sugar frosting tastes like a thicker version of the glaze on a glazed doughnut. If you use dark brown sugar, as shown below, the flavor is a bit richer and the frosting is somewhat more creamy. This makes sense since dark brown sugar is really just light brown sugar plus additional molasses.


You can’t go wrong either way.


Replace the powdered sugar with peanut butter for a peanut butter brown sugar frosting!

Brown Sugar Frosting Recipe

I got the delectable brown sugar frosting recipe from Southern Food on About.Com.

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Sweet Potato Muffin topped with brown sugar
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Brown Sugar Frosting Recipe

A brown sugar frosting using light or dark brown sugar to achieve two different frosting delights.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brown sugar frosting, brown sugar frosting recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 205kcal
Author Stef


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cup sifted confectioners' sugar


  • In a saucepan, melt butter.
  • Add the brown sugar.
  • Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium low, and continue to boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add the milk and return to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm.
  • Gradually add sifted confectioners' sugar. (I would highly recommend sifting this confectioners' sugar. It's such a pain to sift, but it ensures that the frosting will be extra smooth.)
  • Beat until thick enough to spread. If too thick, add a little hot water.


Nutrition Facts
Brown Sugar Frosting Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 205 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 31mg1%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Sugar 18g20%
Vitamin A 245IU5%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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FYI: The top photo is of my sweet potato casserole cupcake. The bottom photo is from my gluten-free quinoa cupcake.

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