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Browned Butter Icing Recipe
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Browned Butter Icing

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"My mom used to make this all time. Wonderful on a spice cake!"

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    25 mins


  1. Heat the butter in a saucepan over low heat until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the confectioners' sugar, cream, and vanilla extract. Add water, mixing vigorously until smooth.
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  • Cook's Note
  • If needed, add additional powdered sugar for thicker consistency.

Reviews More Reviews

Dec 25, 2011

Thank you so very, very much for posting this recipe! My grandmother used to use this for her spicecakes, and I *know* that this has to be what she iced them with- have never found a recipe for it before! Merry Christmas, you have made my holiday season!!! :D

Feb 16, 2012

I agree with others that this is just the very best icing for spice cake, but have you tried it on soft applesauce cookies? Out of this world!!

Jan 03, 2012

Yummy icing I always use it on spice cake too. Welderwoman

Nov 24, 2014

This is the kind of icing you would find on a fresh baked maple bar. It's perfect. No adjustments needed. I had regular whipping cream on hand which worked great. I randomly drizzled it over the top of a pumpkin roll spice cake, then added some toffee chips as a finishing touch. I'll fess up to admit I left a few tablespoons in the bottom of the pan so I could enjoy dipping my fingers into it for a sweet treat. This one's a keeper.

Aug 29, 2013

Try it on a butter pecan cake.....TO DIE FOR!!

Jan 17, 2015

I used this on some spice cake cupcakes and it was rich and delicious!

Nov 27, 2013

Excellent!! I am pairing it with a Spice Bread Recipe. I did not have any heavy cream so I just added 2% milk and it came out great. I also added a little bit of nutmeg and cinnamon. Delicious!! and super easy!!

Nov 02, 2013

I made this to go on some pumpkin cupcakes I made. Per the submitter's note, I added a little more powdered sugar to make my icing thicker. I also tried the leftover icing on french toast and it was very tasty.


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  • Calories
  • 121 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20.9 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 12 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 4.3 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 28 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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