Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 5 mins

This was my Grandmother's recipe. It was on a handwritten note inside her "school" cookbook. She made this often. It has been and will continue to be a family favorite. This is real good on chocolate cake.


  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan.
  2. Add brown sugar and bring to a boil.
  3. continue cooking for 1 minute until thickens.
  4. Let set 15 minutes.
  5. Mix in hot milk.
  6. Add powdered sugar gradually till spreading consisitancy.
  7. If it gets too thick add a little milk.
Most Helpful

My grandmother loved this so much, the woman had quite a sweet tooth! I love to put it on chocolate cupcakes. I have found that it is something that a lot of people have not had. It's nice to do something unexpected when you bring food to group gatherings. Bring back an old classic. It will be well received.

Kitchen Witch Steph October 10, 2007

FANTASTIC!! Did this bring back childhood memories. We always had this on spice cake, so I used it to frost Unknownchef86's Applesauce or Pumpkin Cake, and the flavors were heavenly together. As I was reading other reviewers, I think I must now try this on chocolate cake! This is a VERY sweet frosting, like most frostings it is nearly all sugar, so that is to be expected. Thank you Tarynne for bringing back the memories!

Michelle S. May 30, 2007

Wonderful! <br/><br/>Just like my great-grandma's recipe, except hers included 2 tsps vanilla stirred in after brown sugar and butter have boiled. <br/><br/>She always used this frosting on her raisin cake. <br/><br/>This recipe makes enough to cover a 9x13 cake easily.

LisaGSM March 29, 2013