This unusual frosting recipe is made with burnt butter! It is excellent on yellow cakes, and I always get rave reviews. Do not substitute margarine for butter in this recipe!

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the butter is a nice tan color. 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.

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  • Slowly mix in confectioners' 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 frosting immediately, as this frosting will set up quickly.

Nutrition Facts

227 calories; 7.9 g total fat; 21 mg cholesterol; 57 mg sodium. 40.1 g carbohydrates; 0.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (46)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2007
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! Read More
(14)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/13/2008
I have had burnt butter frosting before however; this wasn't what I expected. It was gritty and tasted like pure sugar. I believe the problem was the recipe was written down and I used granulated sugar vs. powdered sugar. HEEELLLLOOO! I will try again this weekend and anticipate much better results.:-) I tried this again and the texture was better but still not exactly what I was looking for. However it was still good on my carrot cake! Read More
(5)
51 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 32
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2007
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! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2007
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! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2008
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! Read More
(13)
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Rating: 4 stars
05/31/2003
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! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2004
This is the best tasting frosting ever! The name is mis-leading the butter isn't burnt but heated just enough to give it a nutty flavor. I used this to frost all my christmas cookies last year (except the white santa b/c this frosting is yellow) and everyone raved about the flavor. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2008
Thanks for this recipe! My grandmother use to make this all the time on her spice cake or carrot cake. I forgot about it until I saw this recipe. Love the flavor! Read More
(6)
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Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2006
I love this "burnt" flavor of frosting. I tasted it at a friends birthday and she said she just throws things together and didn't really have a recipe so I came to allrecipes to find one and wahlah. I tried it on a birthday cake with my family and we loved it. It is pretty sweet so just put a thin layer on the cake. Very Yummy! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2008
I personally loved it! Very interesting and I couldn't eat it alone it was too rich but on top of a fudge brownie it would be great. My husband said it was too buttery but I give it 5 stars for uniqueness?! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/13/2008
I have had burnt butter frosting before however; this wasn't what I expected. It was gritty and tasted like pure sugar. I believe the problem was the recipe was written down and I used granulated sugar vs. powdered sugar. HEEELLLLOOO! I will try again this weekend and anticipate much better results.:-) I tried this again and the texture was better but still not exactly what I was looking for. However it was still good on my carrot cake! Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
05/31/2003
Very different but very good too! It's one of those recipes that just happens to taste ten times better than it sounds )i.e. "burnt butter!?!?" but really -- it's great!:) Read More
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