youtube pinterest twitter facebook instagram vimeo whatsapp Bookmark Entries BURGER NEW Chevron Down Chevron Left Chevron Right Basket Speech Comment Search Video Play Icon Premium Nigella Lawson Vegan Vegetarian Member Speech Recipe Email Bookmark Comment Camera Scales Quantity List Reorder Remove Open book
Menu Signed In
More recipes Recipe search

Nothing Fancy Frosting

A community recipe by

Not tested or verified by

Print me


I don't know where my Aunts got this recipe, but this is taken from the handwritten index card given to me by my late Aunt Doll. She would often use this on a layered white cake and fling liberal amounts of sweetened shredded coconut on the surface after spreading it on the outside. I like it as it is. Sometimes all you need do is let butter, sugar, and cream speak for itself... with a little help from vanilla.


Serves: 4-6

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup soft light brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream (keep some extra at hand, in case)
  • 16 ounces confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Nothing Fancy Frosting is a community recipe submitted by JonMc and has not been tested by so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • In a small pan, bring the butter, brown sugar, and the cream to a boil.
  • Pour into a mixing bowl. Add the vanilla.
  • Using an electric hand mixer, gradually add the powdered sugar.
  • Turning the bowl while mixing, whiz this to a spreadable consistency.
  • Apply to desired cake.
  • Additional Information

    If it seems too thick, dribble in more of the cream, and mix in. No more than a bit at a time. You can add it, but you can't remove it.

    Tell us what you think

    Sensational Summer Salad