Icing 101-a taste test

1,452 calories per tablespoon?!

1,452 calories per tablespoon?!

Maybe the title should read “a cooking test”?  Actually, it would be honest to say “a taste test AND a cooking test”.

It’s not hard. Really.


And the taste borders on sin.  And on a Sunday.

It’s one of those Pinterest recipes that looks amazing.  Sounds amazing.  And I might as well try it before I bust.


All of this when I’m really really trying to be good…good of the “let’s eat healthy” and “let’s whittle that waistline down a bit” sort.

So when I saw this Fluffy Brown Sugar Icing recipe at the I Wash You Dry blog, I pinned it without batting an eyelash.  Because it looked good. Because it sounded good.  Because it uses brown sugar. Because it’s an old recipe.

Fluffy Brown on chocolate cake from last week..it was supposed to have been the KSU press box.  I ran out of time.

Fluffy Brown on chocolate cake from last week..it was supposed to have been the KSU press box. I ran out of time.

Most of the stuff I pin, I’ve tried.  This one, I pinned without thinking.  So sue me.

But now, I am an honest woman.  I’ve tried it and WOW!!!!! is it good.  It’s very similar to the cooked frosting I’ve made for years that came out of my trusted Southern Living cookbook.  OK, I have several…The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook, to be exact.

This recipe was from the blogger’s friend, Pat, who lived in her neighborhood.

So here ya go…taste-tested and tested in my kitchen. Big Boss is gonna love this one!!  And he’s the guy who rakes the frosting off my cakes, dumps the icing in the trashcan, dumps the cake into a huge bowl and pours milk over the entire concoction. And smashes it all up. Ick.


This the exact recipe from Shawn at I Wash You Dry! I didn’t change a dotted i or a crossed t. The whole thing took about 15 minutes.

Pat’s Fluffy Brown Sugar Icing


  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 tsp vanilla


  1. Mix brown sugar, water and corn syrup in a medium saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil. (Be careful, as it will rise, so make sure the sides of your pan are taller). Let it boil at medium to medium high until the syrup drops like a hair from spoon (approximately 10 minutes). Remove from burner and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, beat egg whites until stiff.
  3. SLOWLY pour the hot syrup in a THIN stream into egg whites, beating constantly. Beat until icing holds peaks, then blend in vanilla.
  4. Let cool to room temp, then store covered in the fridge until ready to use.
  5. Enjoy!




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11 Responses to Icing 101-a taste test

  1. grammyjj says:

    Look’s almost like marshmallow fluff, but not exactly. Maybe someone would make me some…hint hint to anyone within cooking distance of me…..:)


  2. Rita says:

    Pat says it is good as a dip as well. Chocolate covered grahams and fresh peaches. Just what Weight Watchers ordered…


  3. radhika25 says:

    This used to be called the 7 minute frosting- but I’ve only made it with white sugar. Will try this version.


    • The Queen says:

      Yep…my mom still makes the 7 Min. frosting altho her recipe uses some cream of tartar…I think? Nothing new under the sun huh?!! The brown sugar gives it a little different taste but not in a big way. I can see it carrot cake…or banana nut cake, maybe pineapple or coconut…but it’s fantastic on chocolate!!


  4. Kitty says:

    I’ve lost over 30 pounds since April. I refuse to pin this. I refuse to pin this. I refuse to pin this .
    Lurve your dish. And your tablecloth. I refuse to …


    • The Queen says:

      Way to go girl!!! So spill…just eating sensibly? WW? ??? I know. I hesitated to try it as it is as addictive as candy. Ask me how I know…My mother and I have a penchant for old tablecloths but this one was from my mother-in-laws collection. I should’ve ironed it tho…


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