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Author Notes: I often find myself trying to whip up desserts on very little notice. Whether this is due to a lack of organizational skills, or just common sense, is still unclear to me. I came up with this recipe when trying to elevate a store-bought yellow cake mix into something spectacular, by making homemade frosting. 1/2 stick of butter in the fridge? 1/2 a box of powdered sugar? No problem. This icing pours right out of the bowl into a glossy, delicious covering for whatever just so-so baked good you need to transform. It tastes awesome with plain yellow cake, but would also be great with a banana bread or blondie. —amusebouche
Makes enough icing for a 9 inch cake
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 4 tablespoons salted butter
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
- 4 tablespoons milk (I used almond milk, regular will work too)
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat for about 5 minutes, until browned (Butter will foam at first; wait until melted butter turns deep brown)
- Beat the 2 cups of powdered sugar with melted butter with an electric mixer (mixture will be thick)
- Beat in the salt, vanilla, and milk until smooth and creamy. Pour over desired item and spread quickly.