Fluffy Brown Sugar Frosting
This fluffy brown sugar frosting is the perfect addition to your holiday cake. The addition of the brown sugar adds a smooth rich flavour that a basic frosting doesn't have. This frosting will help enhance the flavour of many holiday cakes such as apple cake, gingerbread cake and fruit cake which generally see brown sugar as their main source of sweetness. I will be posting a delicious pear cake in the coming days which goes perfectly with this frosting! This recipe will make enough frosting to cover 12 cupcakes or a small cake.
Ingredients: 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 tbsp water
1 cup butter (softened) 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 3 1/2 cups of icing sugar dash of nutmeg (optional)
Add the brown sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until brown sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and set aside (this will ensure there are no sugar granules in your frosting so it will be nice and smooth)
In a mixer with the whisk attachment or using a hand mixer, mix the butter and vanilla just until the butter is broken down. Gradually add icing sugar 1/2 cup to one cup at a time. If the icing is really thick and you are having trouble mixing it, start to add the brown sugar syrup. Continue until all icing sugar and brown sugar syrup is added to the mixer.
Add the nutmeg if desired (this will add extra flavour)
Remember to scrape down the sides of the bowl with the spatula to make sure everything is getting mixed.
Whip until the frosting is light and fluffy, it will be a lighter colour than when you started.
Finally, add it to your cupcakes or cake!