Burnt butter icing

    11 min

    This is a sophisticated twist on buttercream icing, which is absolutely delicious! Use on any type of cake, such as a vanilla, chocolate or carrot cake. Just don't substitute margarine for butter in this recipe!

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    Serves: 12 

    • 110g butter
    • 500g icing sugar
    • 4 tablespoons milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:6min  ›  Ready in:11min 

    1. Place the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the butter is a nice tan colour. If it gets dark brown or black you have allowed it to burn too long. When butter has been "burned" remove the saucepan from the heat.
    2. Slowly mix in icing sugar and vanilla. Beat on high speed of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the milk a tablespoon at a time until desired spreading consistency is achieved. Use icing immediately, as this icing will set quickly.

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    SO GREAT! My Sister in law made cookies recently frosted with a similar recipe and only stated it wa "Brown butter frosting." This was exactly it! I used it to frost butterscotch cookies---fabulous!  -  04 Aug 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I was glad to find this recipe, as I had accidently burnt some butter and didn't know what to do with it. I made Blonde Brownies from this site and frosted them with this. I love the flavor of the burnt butter frosting- I've never had it before!  -  05 Apr 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    What more can I say than "wow". It had a very interesting flavor, for sure, and although nobody really seemed to "love" it, every drop of the icing was licked out of the bowl and eaten off of the cake! Addicting!  -  08 Apr 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)