Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting


Anyone who has ever stumbled across my blog can probably see I have a brown butter problem. An addiction of sorts, really. I like brown butter in anything and am willing to try it in almost any recipe. Brown Butter Frosting – doesn’t that sound delicious? I thought so.


  • 1 c. unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 to 6 T. buttermilk
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. salt (optional)


  1. In a saucepan, heat 1/2 cup butter over medium-low heat until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Cool.
  2. In a large bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the remaining 1/2 cup butter for 30 seconds. Add the cooled brown butter and beat until combined. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat in the buttermilk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until spreadable and add salt, if using.

I have a tendency to add salt to my buttercream frosting. Any buttercream frosting. Why? Well, for one, I’m a salt fiend. Salt makes everything taste better. And for two, I like the contrast of salty and sweet. If a frosting recipe calls for salt, I usually increase the amount. If it doesn’t, I’ll add. If you like salt or like the sweet and salty combination, you should give it a try! It will change your life.

Recipe rating: 


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