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a whisk with brown butter frosting

Brown Butter Frosting

This brown butter frosting is sweet, but not too sweet like a traditional buttercream. The browned butter gives it a hint of caramel nutty flavor.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brown butter buttercream, brown butter frosting, brown butter icing
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Calories 2262 kcal
Author Joanna Stephens



  • ½ cup butter browned
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoon milk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar spooned and leveled



  1. In a large bowl, combine your brown butter, vanilla extract and milk. Whisk for one minute.

  2. Then, add in powdered sugar. Whisk on high for 5-7 minutes or until the frosting starts to look thick.

Recipe Notes

This frosting is best if used right away. 

You can also make the day before, but right before you use it, whisk it again in your mixer to make sure it gets smooth. 

Nutrition Facts
Brown Butter Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2262 Calories from Fat 846
% Daily Value*
Fat 94g145%
Saturated Fat 59g369%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 24g
Cholesterol 250mg83%
Sodium 844mg37%
Potassium 120mg3%
Carbohydrates 363g121%
Sugar 356g396%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 2934IU59%
Calcium 99mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.