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Brown Sugar Frosting {So fluffy!}

Quick and easy spiced brown sugar frosting recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. This smooth, creamy, fluffy buttercream icing is flavored with vanilla and cinnamon.

This super sweet and fluffy frosting is the best! The warm vanilla, cinnamon, and brown sugar flavors come together in perfect harmony to top your favorite cake or cupcakes. This German Chocolate Cake Frosting and Marshmallow Frosting are also sweet frostings just like this recipe that will pair best with “not so sweet” cakes and cupcakes.

How To Make Fluffy Brown Sugar Frosting Recipe From Scratch?

  1. Cream butter and brown sugar– In a bowl, cream until light and fluffy.
  2. Mix ingredients– Add vanilla extract, cinnamon powder, and mix.
  3. Add powdered sugar– Add 1 cup at a time, while mixing.
  4. Mix again– Till smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

Can You Use Brown Sugar Instead Of White Sugar In Frosting?

Yes, this recipe actually calls for brown sugar! You can use either dark or light, and the only difference will the the depth of color in the frosting.

Why Is My Frosting Grainy And Gritty? How To Fix It?

If you rush through creaming the butter and sugar together, you will end up with grainy and gritty icing. Make sure to cream them for at least 3-5 minutes until it is smooth and fluffy.

How To Fix Thin And Runny Frosting?

Simply mix in more powdered sugar, a little at a time, until it thickens to the desired consistency.

How To Fix Stiff Frosting?

Mix in a little heavy cream to thin the frosting.

What Goes Well With Old Fashioned Brown Sugar Buttercream Icing?

This sweet frosting goes best with less sweet cakes such as the following:

Cupcakes

Sweet breads

Cookies

Brownies and Bars

Variations

Chocolate brown sugar frosting– Add cocoa powder for a chocolate version.

Add some molasses or maple syrup– This creates a deeper and richer frosting.

Add nuts– Finely chopped pecans, walnuts, or peanuts would be delicious.

Add shredded coconut– This adds texture and sweetness.

Add other flavors– Add warm flavors such as pumpkin pie or apple pie spices.

Try other extracts– Add a little almond, amaretto, maple, or bourbon extracts.

Tips And Techniques

Color of frosting can be light or slightly dark– This is based on the use of light brown sugar or dark brown sugar.

Heavy cream substitute– You can use whole milk, 2% milk, evaporated milk, or half and half.

No shortening– Only butter can be used in this frosting because it has a much better flavor!

Use unsalted butter- Because that prevents this frosting from becoming too salty.

All ingredients should be at room temperature– Because they blend together smoothly.

Sift powdered sugar– Because this gets rid of any lumps in the sugar, yielding the smoothest frosting ever.

Recipe can easily be doubled– Just double the quantity of all the ingredients.

Storage

Refrigerate– In a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Freeze– In a freezer safe container for up to 1 month. Thaw in the fridge when ready to use.

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Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting

Quick and easy spiced brown sugar frosting recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. This smooth, creamy, fluffy buttercream icing is flavored with vanilla and cinnamon.
Yield: 3 Cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Butter, Unsalted, Room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar, Can use dark or light but the final color will vary based on your choice
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon powder or pumpkin pie spice, Optional
  • 4 cups Powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp Heavy cream, Only add if needed

Instructions 

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. This usually takes 3-5 minutes. Do not rush through this step or else you will end up with grainy and gritty icing.
  • Add vanilla extract, cinnamon powder and mix until combined.
  • Start adding powdered sugar gradually, 1 cup at a time, while mixing until all the powdered sugar has been incorporated.
  • If the frosting starts to become too thick, mix in a little heavy cream.
  • Mix one final time until icing is smooth and creamy. If icing is too thick, mix in more heavy cream. If icing is too thin, mix in more powdered sugar. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftover icing can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week. 

Nutrition

Calories: 1329kcal, Carbohydrates: 196g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 63g, Saturated Fat: 40g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 16g, Trans Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 170mg, Sodium: 556mg, Potassium: 78mg, Sugar: 192g, Vitamin A: 1964IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 54mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 1329
Author: Abeer Rizvi
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