Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 8 mins

For those of you who like to cook your frosting.


  1. Put all ingredients in a large saucepan.
  2. When mixture comes to a boil, cook l and 1/2 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and set to cool a few minutes.
  4. Beat to spreading consistency.
  5. Will frost a 2 or 3 layer cake.
Most Helpful

I'm giving this recipe 5 stars for flavor. I screwed up when I tweaked some things, trying to smooth out the texture and firm up the consistency per some other reviews. I skipped the evaporated milk, using 3 Tbsp of coffee instead. I used butter instead of margarine and added 1 Tbsp of corn syrup, AFTER I had overstirred while using an ice bath to cool it down, which crystallized the sugar again (before I overstirred, the icing was smooth and silky looking). Chef #1316304 is correct, boiling the icing for a couple more minutes makes it thicker (think candy making), but stop stirring after the sugar dissolves, or you will end up with crystallization (the corn syrup should help with that a bit.) I wouldn't recommend using powdered sugar if making a cooked icing.

Jmommy209 March 01, 2010

Didn't work for me. I always make my icings. To runny. Recooked it and still runny. Maybe because I used real butter. Not sure.

Patricia B. September 06, 2015

I have tried several recipes for this same frosting, but none ever came out right. This was perfect and totally delish. It was like having your cake and your fudge too. Thanks heaps. Jan in SC

joshandzachsmom1953 January 25, 2015