Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Not Too Sweet Frosting

My son Michael loves cupcakes.  Particularly yellow cupcakes.  He loves chocolate cake but not so much in cupcake form.  BUT in our house, we all have a problem with frosting.  I along with my husband and children don't like it too sweet, but we like it fluffy and delicious.  Short of whipped cream which needs to be refrigerated (don't like cold cake) I wanted to find something new... no more butter cream or 7-minute or well, any of that  sickly sweet stuff.  After a successful google search I found a frosting called interestingly enough, "Not Too Sweet Frosting".  When I read the recipe I cringed.  It can't be right.  Milk and flour whisked together on the stove top until thick, 1 cup of softened butter, 1 cup of granulated sugar, some vanilla and if you want chocolate, add 1/4 cup of cocoa powder.  Trick is you have to let that milk and flour mixture cool completely and when you beat it all together.... well all I can say is YUM!  Not too sweet, tastes close to a slightly sweetened whipped cream but holds together better. 

Right now my Mum in law likes it as much as I do, considering she is not much of a fan of "American Frosting".  The real test will be when Michael gets home from school in about 15 minutes. 

Here is the recipe:


1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup milk
6 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoon cocoa if you want chocolate icing


Cook milk and flour until very thick (so thick you can't stir), COOL.

Cream butter, sugar and cocoa (if using cocoa) until very creamy Add milk and flour mixture and vanilla. Beat until thick and creamy (about 4 or 5 minutes).

Yields: 3.5 Cups


49 calories, 3 grams fat, 5 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams protein per tablespoon. This recipe is low in sodium.

I did not alter the recipe and this same recipe can be found here on CDKitchen.com.

BUT I did take pictures and there we no pictures on CD Kitchens site just great reviews.


  1. Did you find this tasted a lot like plain butter? I made this same recipe also hoping for a fluffier, less sweet icing. Since there's no shortening in it to cut the butter taste, i didn't like it. Both places I've seen this recipe so far, they said it "tastes like whipped cream" but I dont think so at all. It taste liked whipped butter. Ick. I think I'll add half the butter and replace with shortening.

  2. Chrissie, sorry my reply is so late in coming. Been a bit of crazy going on for the last month. I will say this, it does taste like whipped cream to me but you have to mix for quite a long time or it tastes like butter and you can feel that film of butter on your tongue. I would imagine you would get the same effect from shortening if you don't mix long enough. I just kept whipping and whipping and whipping until I liked it, if that makes sense. I do love this frosting as it really is very light and fluffy and not terribly sweet.

  3. You`re right......the flour doesn`t sound too appetizing. Lol. I`m going to give this recipe a try though since you make it sound pretty good! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. It's great! And if you add a little cream cheese... even better. Great frosting and not sickly sweet. Let me know what you think!