Old Fashioned Brown Sugar Frosting made without powdered sugar.
Brown Sugar Vanilla Buttercream Frosting made without powdered sugar is my new favorite frosting recipe! I love that this recipe is made without powdered sugar. Up until a couple years ago I had no idea you could even make frosting without powdered sugar but now I frequently make vanilla frosting using brown sugar or regular sugar.
This recipe is pretty forgiving & easy to make. You cook the flour and milk together on the stove (as shown above) until it becomes a thick paste then you add it to the butter/sugar mixture to make a nice whipped vanilla brown sugar buttercream frosting. If I am using the frosting to pipe on to cupcakes I sometimes add extra sugar to thicken it up more so you can add extra sugar if you need to when making it.
Note: This recipe will not taste 100% like powered sugar frosting recipes you may be used to, to me it is more whipped, creamy, & buttery. It is a little less sweet. I love it! Sometimes I find regular vanilla frosting to be too sweet. The frosting is also known to have a grainy texture to it due to the sugar being more coarse but I like it!
I always refrigerate whatever I frost, like the Vanilla Cupcakes pictured. Keeping it in the frig also helps to keep the frosting firm. Recipe frosts a whole batch of cupcakes for me, about 18 cupcakes.
- ½ cup milk
- 2 tablespoons flour
- pinch of salt
- 1½ cups light brown sugar sugar (add up to ½ cup extra brown sugar if you want it on the thick side)
- ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Whisk milk, flour, and salt together in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Keep stirring until the mixture gets very thick and bubbly.
- Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
- In a mixing bowl using an electric mixer beat sugar and butter together until smooth and creamy. Beat in the cooled flour mixture until it is light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla.
- *Note* If you want it to be thicker you can add more sugar. This recipe is very forgiving and if you want it a really thick consistency keep adding sugar to it.