Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

Brown butter cream cheese frosting has a fragrant and nutty flavor that is also sweet and creamy

Brown butter frosting made with cream cheese has a nutty and rich flavor with a touch of tanginess. The perfect frosting for fall!

I love pairing this frosting with my applesauce spice cake or my carrot cake! So good!

brown butter frosting on a cupcake

I’ve been on a huge brown butter kick lately! I make it in huge batches so that I can use it in everything! I just love the depth of flavor that brown butter adds to recipes. From frosting to cakes, brown butter is the bomb!

brown butter in clear jar

After I brown my butter, I let it sit at room temperature overnight so that it solidifies again. This is because my recipes typically call for softened butter. Brown butter never gets REALLY firm so it works out well for recipes. 

solid brown butter

Make sure you stir the brown butter up so that you get all those little brown bits worked into the recipe. That is where all the flavor is!

Tips for making brown butter frosting

  • Brown your butter ahead of time and let it solidify overnight at room temperature or put it in a shallow dish and into the fridge for about 15 minutes or until it starts to firm up. 
  • Use a hand mixer or whisk to cream the brown butter and the regular butter together first, then add in the softened cream cheese to prevent your frosting from breaking. 
  • Add in your powdered sugar 1 cup at a time and then stop mixing as soon as it’s all incorporated. Add more sugar for a stiffer buttercream. 

brown butter frosting in a clear bowl

Can you use brown butter in place of butter for all frosting recipes?

It just depends. I have replaced some or all of the butter in a recipe with brown butter and had success. I have found that brown butter is a tad softer than regular softened butter. Play around with the ratios and see what works for you.

I loved putting brown butter in my easy buttercream frosting

Try pairing this frosting with

Applesauce Spice Cake
Carrot Cake
Pumpkin Spice Cake


Brown Butter Frosting

brown butter frosting on a cupcake
Brown butter frosting made with cream cheese has a nutty and rich flavor with a touch of tanginess. The perfect frosting for fall!
Servings: 6 cups


  • Handheld or stand mixer
  • Whisk Attachment


Brown Butter Buttercream

  • 8 oz browned butter room temperature
  • 8 oz unsalted butter room temperature
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 20 oz powdered sugar add more for a stiffer buttercream


Brown Butter Buttercream Instructions

  • Place softened butter in the bowl of your stand mixer with the whisk attachment and mix until smooth.
  • Add in your cream cheese and mix until smooth
  • Add in your browned butter and mix until smooth and creamy
  • Add in your powdered sugar one cup at a time while mixing on low until all the powdered sugar is added. Do not over-mix.
  • Add in your salt and vanilla until combined.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 772kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 61mg | Sugar: 94g | Vitamin A: 1452IU | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buttercream frosting
Calories: 772kcal
Author: Elizabeth Marek