Brown Sugar-Maple Frosting


This makes a somewhat stiff frosting that tastes a bit like toffee and is perfect for covering fall desserts. From apple cakes to pumpkin cookies to cranberry-walnut cupcakes, this is my go-to frosting to capture the flavors of my favorite season. I like to top it with chopped walnuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Be warned, however, that it's extremely sweet, so it's best paired with low-sugar baked goods. A little goes a long way.

Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
12 servings


  • ¼ cup butter

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup, divided

  • 3 tablespoons milk

  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar and 2 tablespoons maple syrup; stir frequently until sugar is melted. Add milk and stir frequently it comes to a boil. Pour mixture into a mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly, 10 to 12 minutes.

  2. Add powdered sugar and remaining 1 tablespoon maple syrup to the cooled mixture; beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Spread frosting while it's still warm for best results.

Cook's Note:

This makes enough to frost 1 dozen cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

145 Calories
4g Fat
28g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 145
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 32mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 0g
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 30mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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