Homemade Penuche Frosting (aka Brown Sugar Frosting) is delicious on chocolate, spice, carrot and many other cakes and cookies.

Penuche Frosting: a Sweet Addition to Baked Goods #TastyTuesdays

If you are looking for something a little different to top your cupcakes than traditional buttercream, this Penuche Frosting is just the ticket, especially if you like brown sugar.

Homemade Penuche Frosting (aka Brown Sugar Frosting) is delicious on chocoalte, spice, carrot and many other cakes and cookies. #frosting #recipes

Penuche fudge is made with brown sugar and milk and cooked to caramel-like delciousness. Those of us in See’s Candy territory know it as the filling inside the Bordeaux candies.

This frosting has the same decadent taste in a spreadable format. Just melt some butter and brown sugar, let it cool add a splash of milk then whip in some powdered sugar. Easy, peasy and delicious.

I have made it a few times and paired it with chocolate (brownies and the cake in the photos), but it would also be delicious with a spice, apple or carrot cake, or cookies or whoopie pies or straight off the spoon… not that YOU would do that.

Penuche Frosting

Prep time20 minutes
Cook time5 minutes
Total time25 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Homemade Penuche Frosting (aka Brown Sugar Frosting) is delicious on chocolate, spice, carrot and many other cakes and cookies.


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar (more or less)


Melt butter in a saucepan. Add brown sugar and bring to a boil. Cook for 1 minute. Pour into a medium mixing bowl and let cool about 15 minutes
Stir in milk and vanilla (if using).
Beat in the powdered sugar until desired consistency. Then with additional milk, a teaspoon at a time, if needed.



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3 thoughts on “Penuche Frosting: a Sweet Addition to Baked Goods #TastyTuesdays”

  1. I have always loved Penuche Frosting. My mom used to make it. It is just different than the good old powdered sugar frosting. Thank you for reminding me of this frosting and sharing it on Tasty Tuesdays Archive link party. Thank you too for hosting the party. We appreciate your efforts on our behalf!

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