Creamy Brown Sugar Buttercream Frosting (or three frostings..actually)



  • 1 stick of butter, at room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening (3.5 oz)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 pounds confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon of instant coffee, dissolved in 1 tablespoon of water (optional)
  • 1/23/4 cup cocoa powder (optional)


  1. Don’t forget… for the cake/cupcakes recipe, click here: Vanilla Coffee Cake Recipe
  2. Now, for the frosting(s)… cream the butter, cream cheese and shortening together until smooth. Add in the brown sugar and mix well. Then add the confectioners sugar 1 cup at a time until well combined (it will be a little dry). Pour in the vanilla and add milk until desired texture is obtained.
  3. The frosting is delicious just like that, but if you want to jazz it up… add the liquid coffee and or/cocoa! The amount of liquid may have to be adjusted to account for the other flavors (ie., add more milk to off-set the dry cocoa, or use less milk if adding liquid coffee).