Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

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Cream Cheese Frosting is awesome! Everyone knows this. How do you make it even more lush? (I know you think it can’t be! Oh, but it can.) Beurre noisette, or brown butter, elevates this frosting to higher, dreamier level than before. The added rich, nuttiness of the brown butter adds a flavor note to an otherwise one dimensional frosting. The glossary provides a step by step tutorial on how to make beurre noisette, should you need it.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (8 tablespoons/114 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1, 8 ounce (226 grams) package cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or pure vanilla paste
3 cups (375 grams) powdered sugar

How to use them:

Heat the butter until it reaches the brown butter, beurre noisette, stage. Pour it into a large mixing bowl and refrigerate it for at least an hour prior to making your frosting. This allows your butter to re-solidify and whip up beautifully in your frosting.Brown Butter 1The flavorful brown bits on top are the toasted milk solids, while the yellow portion underneath is actually the clarified butter, or ghee.Brown Butter 2When you are ready to make your frosting, beat the brown butter until creamy, about 3 minutes.Brown Butter 3Scrape down the sides and add the cream cheese, salt, and vanilla. Beat for another 3 minutes until smooth.Brown Butter 4Scrape down the sides and add in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Beat well between each addition of the powdered sugar, about a minute.Brown Butter 5Once all of the powdered sugar has been added, scrape down the sides and continue beating until the mixture is smooth, light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.Brown Butter 6You are now ready to spread or pipe on this delectable frosting on the lucky cake of your choosing. Mine, is this divinely delicious Carrot Coconut Cake that marries beautifully with this Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting!Carrot Coconut 14

 

6 Comments on “Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting

  • I’m trying to make this right now lol and you don’t list when to add the salt or vanilla. ….unless I’m missing something. .lol I’m going to wing it and add vanilla and salt with the butter ?!?
    And,I must say,I truly love reading your recipes! I feel like I’m reading a story and the way you write them, makes me want to make every recipe,soon! Thank you for taking the time to share your love of baking with us!! Keep up the awesome work!

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    • Effie Post author

      Eeeeeek!!! My apologies for that omission! It honestly doesn’t make a big difference in this recipe since it’s truly just adding and whipping, but it’s fixed now. Thank you so much for letting me know and for your kind and sweet, sweet sentiments. It’s so humbling to hear such loveliness from a reader. I honestly write this as a way of expressing my passion and don’t think many are reading them, and so when someone takes the time to write such nice comments, it makes my heart smile. I love baking because it’s meant to be done with love and shared out of gratitude. I truly hope you enjoy this recipe serves you well and please, please let me know how it turns out. These are all my own recipes and creations, so I value feedback and ways to make them better.

      Merci,
      Effie

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  • Ok….so ..this icing is wonderful! You’re definitely going to want to try this people! It’s really really good!

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  • Ok, so this icing is WONDERFUL! My husband really likes it, so that’s a huge compliment lol great job with this recipe Effie!! It’s so creamy and smooth! And might I say it even has an elegance to it! Becomes even tastier after sitting in fridge for a little while. We’ll done!! I can’t wait to try another one of your recipes! Lol good luck with ABC,I will be watching and rooting for you! and thank you for this awesome site.I know you’re busy, so thanks for taking the time to share your recipes!

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    • Effie Post author

      Oh my goodness, thank you, thank you, thank you for your kindness and humbling comments. I am so incredibly happy you liked this recipe, and I TOTALLY agree, there is an elegance to it! I love the added flavor profile and complexity that the brown butter adds. Thank you again for making and to your husband for liking it ;)
      Merci,
      Effie

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  • I made this icing yesterday to top a super fluffy banana cake and it was *amazing* and so completely perfect. It’s a keeper for sure! Thank you for sharing! XOXO

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