My sister wanted cupcakes done with a brown sugar frosting. I came up with this recipe that is a slight alteration to your typical SMBC I LOVED it and so did everyone else. I personally think it tastes like chocolate chip cookie dough without choc. chips although I am gonna try it with a choc. chip cupcake recipe and see how the combination is.


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 oz egg whites (approx. 4 large egg whites)
  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla


    Whisk brown sugar and egg whites together in stainless steel bowl. Set on a hot bath on your stove. Continue whisking until it is no longer grainy to touch about 145 degrees. Remove from heat and put on your mixer with whisk for approx 10-15 mins. till it reaches a meringue like consistency. Switch your whisk with your paddle or beaters and add in your butter a little at time then add in your vanilla. Mixture may look ‘curdled’ a few mins into mixing but keep going till you get a smooth silky texture.


bloodyethel Says... 20 Jun 2010 , 3:31pm

I tried this frosting today, and it's pretty darn good! Subtle, though... I added some cinnamon to it, because brown sugar and cinnamon is one of my favorite combinations.

luvbuttercream Says... 21 Jun 2010 , 5:10pm

Glad you liked it I am waiting to make it again! I made just a Cinnamon SMBC the the other day it was VERY good.

mimi1218 Says... 20 Jul 2010 , 10:46am

this recipe sounds amazing! Think it would taste good on chocolate cupcakes?

rebeccabeebe Says... 7 Sep 2010 , 3:40pm

sounds great!!.. how does it hold up against humidy??? will it melt?

luvbuttercream Says... 10 Sep 2010 , 3:04pm

When I made this it was in May I haven't made it since but I assume it is similar to SMBC and I have no issues with it here.

And Mimi: sorry it took so long to get back to you yes I think it would taste good with chocolate, but let em know how it turns out.

JennyLu Says... 2 Jul 2011 , 10:11am

i just made toba garrett's smbc for the 1st time. with all the butter... this seems like a great idea for a choc chip cookie dough flavored icing. looking forward to trying that! thx for the idea luv!!!

cdmolina83 Says... 29 Mar 2012 , 7:28pm

Question... I am going to a BBQ this weekend and they are all fans of pineapple upside down cake. I would like to make cupcakes instead. If I were to make pineapple cupcakes, would this recipe pair well with the cupcake???

Mrs.Benoy Says... 28 May 2015 , 5:32pm

What is the consistency of this frosting? Does it pipe well? Will it hold shape? If not is there a way to stiffen it up or is is just not meant to be used for decorating. 

GloriCreations Says... 28 May 2015 , 6:05pm

This is just like my regular buttercream but with brown sugar instead of granular. I'm figuring it would be the same  consistency with wonderful piping. Can't wait to try it!!


superstar Says... 28 May 2015 , 9:28pm

Sounds delicious, thanks for sharing!

luvbuttercream Says... 29 May 2015 , 4:54pm

Mrs.Benoy... it pipes quite well. I never had any issues with it.

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