Brown Butter Frosting

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Brown butter 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

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
  • 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?

The first time I tried to make a brown butter frosting it was way too soft and soupy. I tried adding more powdered sugar but then it was too sweet and you couldn’t taste the nuttiness of the brown butter anymore. 

The trick is to use half brown butter and half regular butter. 

I have successfully replaced 1/2 of the butter in my frosting recipes like my easy buttercream frosting without altering the texture. 

Brown Butter Frosting

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

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword buttercream frosting
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 772 kcal
Author Elizabeth Marek


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
Nutrition Facts
Brown Butter Frosting
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 772 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 27g135%
Cholesterol 123mg41%
Sodium 224mg9%
Potassium 61mg2%
Carbohydrates 96g32%
Sugar 94g104%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1452IU29%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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