Thursday, 1 December 2011

Brown Sugar Frosting.

Last night while my easy breezy One Bowl Cake was baking, I searched for an icing recipe to compliment and subtly enhance the simplicity of the cake. I knew I had a tub of vanilla Betty Crocker frosting in my cupboard but didn't use it. With its long expiration date, I suppose I just like to keep it for baking emergencies and opt to make my own icing whenever possible. I am not a huge baker, and certainly am not well acquainted with icings, frosting and sauces alike. I know, it's shocking! Anyways, I decided to use this recipe based on the fact that I happened to have coffee cream in the fridge and it's one of the ingredients!

So I mixed up this recipe and was very pleased with its outcome! I followed the recipe closely but not completely, and I am happy to say that it all worked out well! Obviously you will see this is a very sugary recipe. Tips on what I would do better are includes, so go on, give it a try it....

Brown Sugar Frosting
6 tablespoons of butter
1/2 cup of light brown sugar
1/4 cup of milk
1 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of light cream

Slowly melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Then stir in your brown sugar and milk. Raise the heat and bring it to a rapid boil. Cook for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and beat in the sugar, salt, vanilla, and cream. Continue beating until the icing is thick and cool enough to spread.

But I didn't wait long enough... I spread on the frosting after only a few minutes.... Mmmmm.... O0o0ooooooy Goooooy Goodness!!!!

My boyfriend tasted a piece and asked how much maple syrup I used.... I was delighted to tell him NONE! But it sure tastes like a maple brown sugary dream!

  • Resist the urge to eat the entire bowl of frosting while it cools if you can! Wait until it thickens a wee bit and is spreadable. You do not want to begin spreading it while it is warm as the frosting will melt and will result in only a thin layer. 
  • This would make an incredibly nice sauce to dip plain cookies in... Or dipped in shortbread. This would also go nicely on pound cake, donuts, biscotti, and muffins...
  • Best served warm. 
  • Can be made ahead and re-heated.
  • NOTE ON THE ICING IN THE PHOTOS: I used a mixture of newer and 'older' brown sugar (aka incredibly hard sugar) and obviously did not mix them long enough. Although I could have sworn I was standing there mixing for a long time! So due to using really hard sugar (or was it my laziness?!), the bumps in the photos are pure tiny lumps of sugar. YUM!

Super Yummy and Easy Brown Sugar Frosting on top of One Bowl Cake.

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