Penuche Frosting
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2½ cups
An incredible brown sugar-based frosting that melts on your tongue.
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) butter, divided
  • 1 cup packed dark or light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon corn syrup (optional)
  • pinch sea salt
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp. heavy cream, divided
  • 3½ cups powdered sugar (Confectioner's sugar)
  1. In a 2-quart saucepan, melt one stick of the butter over medium heat. Add the packed brown sugar, corn syrup, if using, and salt. Let come to a boil. Cook for one minute and remove from heat. Stir in ¼ cup of the cream. Let cool slightly. Transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large mixing bowl if using a hand mixer.
  2. To the mixing bowl, add 1-2 cups of the powdered sugar. Turn the mixer on to low speed and beat until all the powdered sugar is mixed in. Scrape down sides and add the remaining powdered sugar. Beat until the frosting cools.
  3. If you want a fluffier frosting, add the extra stick of butter and keep beating until very light and fluffy, adding the extra 2 tablespoons of cream if necessary to make it more spreadable. If it's too thin to spread, add a little more powdered sugar and chill before using. It really does set up, so don't let it get too cold before using it. It's really better used immediately.
Recipe by Cafe Johnsonia at