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Browned Butter Cinnamon Buttercream

Terrific slathered on our Applesauce Spice Cake
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Author: Tricia


  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 or 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • chopped pecans optional


  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly while cooking just until the butter starts to turn golden brown. This will take about 4-6 minutes. Watch it closely because it can burn easily once the solids separate. Cool completely.
  • Combine the browned butter, powdered sugar, cinnamon and vanilla in a small mixing bowl. Beat on low speed until combined. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency. Frost the cooled cake as desired. Sprinkle with chopped pecans if using.


Recipe adapted from Land-O-Lakes