How to make it

  • Combine egg whites and salt in a large bowl.
  • Stir together brown sugar and water in a small heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over moderately high heat, washing down side of pan with a pastry brush dipped in water.
  • When sugar syrup reaches boil, start beating whites with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until frothy, then add lemon juice and beat at medium speed until whites just hold soft peaks.
  • (Do not beat again until sugar syrup is ready.)
  • Meanwhile, put candy thermometer into sugar syrup and continue boiling until syrup reaches 238–242°F.
  • Immediately remove from heat and pour into a heatproof 1-cup glass measure.
  • Slowly pour hot syrup in a thin stream down side of bowl into egg whites, beating constantly at high speed.
  • Beat meringue, scraping down bowl with a rubber spatula, until meringue is cool to the touch, about 6 minutes. (It’s important that meringue is properly cooled before proceeding.)
  • With mixer at medium speed, gradually add butter 1 piece at a time, beating well after each addition until incorporated.
  • (If meringue is too warm and buttercream looks soupy after some of butter is added, briefly chill bottom of bowl in a large bowl filled with ice water for a few seconds before continuing to beat in remaining butter.)
  • Continue beating until buttercream is smooth.
  • (Mixture may look curdled before all of butter is added, but will come back together before beating is finished.)
  • Add vanilla and beat 1 minute more.

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    " It was excellent "
    dollhead ate it and said...
    Mmmmm-this sounds amazing! Thanks for the post.
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    " It was excellent "
    lunasea ate it and said...
    Brown Sugar Buttercream?! Holy cats, Michael - how marvelous and deliciously decadent this sounds. It would work on so many cakes. I'll be using this beauty for sure - thanks so very much! ;)
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  • sunflower48386 11 years ago
    far too yummy. might not make it to the
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    This sounds so luscious! I once made something similar and overcooked the sugar syrup. It turned into hard candy. I had to redo it and was more careful the second time. I remember it was the best frosting ever!
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  • magali777 11 years ago
    thanks Michael, great one, very good for many cakes, thanks for sharing
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    " It was excellent "
    wolfpackjack ate it and said...
    great post... ty ... dave
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    " It was excellent "
    cadavis ate it and said...
    Great recipe, looking forward to using it on many desserts. Happy New Year!!
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  • krumkake 11 years ago
    I love buttercream anything, so I know I'll love this...can't wait to give it a try on a cake or some cookies - delicious, I'm sure!
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  • binky67 11 years ago
    I'm not even a big cake fan but if it has Buttercream icing on it, I'll eat it :-) Thanks Trigger and Happy New Year from me too :-)
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    " It was excellent "
    minitindel ate it and said...
    Wow fantastic i could use these on so many things michael very nice yummmm thanks for the alteration it

    five forks plus

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    " It was excellent "
    boofie ate it and said...
    Oh my goodness. I love love love that sweet, almost smokey taste of brown sugar and this buttercream icing would be absolutely perfect on my butternut squash and pumpkin cake. Thanks for this great addition to my favorites and Happy New Year!

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    " It was excellent "
    lacrenshaw ate it and said...
    You won't believe this, michael, but I have been in search of the "ultimate" buttercream frosting.. this may just fill the bill. I thank you for yet another wonderful recipe post and award you my FF as well! Thanks and Happy New Year,
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