This is an alternative to the classic recipe that calls for powdered sugar. My husband and I use it to frost fruit cocktail cake. Try it on applesauce cake, spice cake, banana cake, or carrot cake, too.

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt butter and allow to cool.

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  • In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, brown sugar, vanilla and almond extract. Beat with an electric mixer. When mixture starts to stiffen, stop mixer and add honey.

  • Continue to beat until light and fluffy. Do not over mix, or it will collapse.

  • Spread immediately and store cake in refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

118 calories; 10.1 g total fat; 31 mg cholesterol; 68 mg sodium. 5 g carbohydrates; 1.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2004
Upon seeing this recipe... I knew I wanted to try it. It seemed simple and the ingredients were already in my kitchen on hand. With further reading of the reviews I was wondering. I already know my families tastes. So, I took down the amount of almond extract just a tad. It was very good!! When I read the review of : "Yuck, I will never try this again!" - I get discouraged. A world and cooking is give and take. Don't just trash it - try it again - Experiment with the ingredients to find the right flavor for your tastebuds. You might just find a winner recipe melting in your mouth. Happy Cooking !!!!! ~MA~ Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/28/2007
Omit the almond extract. I made this recipe for a carrot cake. The almond overpowered the rest of the flavors and no one really like it. Started over with just the vanilla and it was so much better. Will make again with just the vanilla next time. Read More
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179 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 38
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 12
Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2004
Upon seeing this recipe... I knew I wanted to try it. It seemed simple and the ingredients were already in my kitchen on hand. With further reading of the reviews I was wondering. I already know my families tastes. So, I took down the amount of almond extract just a tad. It was very good!! When I read the review of : "Yuck, I will never try this again!" - I get discouraged. A world and cooking is give and take. Don't just trash it - try it again - Experiment with the ingredients to find the right flavor for your tastebuds. You might just find a winner recipe melting in your mouth. Happy Cooking !!!!! ~MA~ Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2004
Upon seeing this recipe... I knew I wanted to try it. It seemed simple and the ingredients were already in my kitchen on hand. With further reading of the reviews I was wondering. I already know my families tastes. So, I took down the amount of almond extract just a tad. It was very good!! When I read the review of : "Yuck, I will never try this again!" - I get discouraged. A world and cooking is give and take. Don't just trash it - try it again - Experiment with the ingredients to find the right flavor for your tastebuds. You might just find a winner recipe melting in your mouth. Happy Cooking !!!!! ~MA~ Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2007
I followed this recipe AND included 1/2 tsp almond extract. I had no problem with the flavor. I consider myself a seasoned baker with a good amount of experience. I suspect that those who did not like the flavor might have used imitation extracts instead of pure extracts. The difference between the two is exponential. I don't allow imitation anything in my house. Had I made the icing with imitation extract I would have spit it out myself. I feel it is unnecessary to melt the butter, just get it to room temp first before adding to the cream cheese. If you like cream cheese icing, there's nothing not to like with this recipe. I did not increase the amounts of anything in this recipe and found it a nice side complement to the Martha Stewart Spicy Pumpkin Bundt Cake Recipe which is excellent. Also followed that recipe exactly. There is not much volume because this has less butter and sugar than normal cream cheese icing so if you need a lot, double the recipe or consider adding more brown sugar and butter. It was not grainy at all. The since all the ingredients are room temp, the sugar dissolves and blends in just fine. I used honey that was created locally, not commercial mass marketed honey. I don't think this recipe needs more sugar. The point is to eat it with the cake in your mouth which has sugar in it already. You'll find the flavors meld well. But if you eat it alone, don't expect it to taste like high fructose processed icing from a container. It tastes like cream Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2004
I can't believe more people haven't tried this recipe It is one of the best cream cheese frosting I have ever had. My husband likes me to double the recipe so he can eat it straight from the bowl I have been making up recipes just to use this frosting. For my daughters birthday I made a triple chocolate cake and used this frosting everyone went crazy over it first time I didn't have cake left over. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/28/2007
Omit the almond extract. I made this recipe for a carrot cake. The almond overpowered the rest of the flavors and no one really like it. Started over with just the vanilla and it was so much better. Will make again with just the vanilla next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2006
Great complimentary taste to carrot cake. For a 9X13 I doubled the butter cream cheese vanilla omitted the almond and honey... and increased the brown sugar to 8 Tbls. I also stirred in a cup of drained crushed pineapple. Very nice flavor! Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2004
Mmmmm. Not too sweet. Just perfect for carrot cake. My husband isn't supposed to have sugar but there is so little in this that we made an exception and he did fine! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2004
Can't say enough about this frosting. It is truly delicious and different. I will always use it as my standard cream cheese frosting. One note: You might want to make double the recipe Its that good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2008
Fantastic cream cheese frosting recipe. Especially if you do not have confectioner's sugar on hand! I made it with the full amount of almond extract and it is good but you have to like almond extract. You could easily do with out it. There is enough flavor there with the vanilla ceam cheese and honey. I put this frosting on the onebowl chocolate cake III on this site (made cupcakes with hot coffee substituted for the boiling water) It made an intense dark chocolate flavor and so I needed a not so sweet but flavorful frosting. Fantastic together. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/11/2010
This was great! I was looking for a frosting for a spice cake that didn't require powdered sugar as I was all out. I read the reviews and noted that some people said there wasn't enough to frost a whole cake and as I was frosting a two-layer 9-inch round cake I added half of another package of cream cheese just in case (and adjusted other ingredients accordingly). It's a good thing I did - I would have had to REALLY stretch if I had made it as written and I don't load my cakes with frosting either. Also I didn't have almond extract but I think it would have been divine if I had. If you're looking for a super-sweet sugary frosting this isn't it. But personally I don't like frostings so sweet my teeth hurt just by being in proximity so this was awesome. Read More
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