This recipe is a vintage Imperial Sugar Recipe from the 1950’s. Brown Sugar Frosting (also called 7-minute frosting) is a quick and tasty icing. This “caramel” frosting is perfect for apple or spice cakes.

Brown Sugar Frosting


  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 2 unbeaten egg whites



  1. Add all ingredients in a double boiler, make sure that the water does not touch the top part of the double boiler.
  2. Beat with an electric mixer for 7 minutes while on the double boiler
  3. Remove from boiling water
  4. Add 1 tsp vanilla
  5. Continue beating until the mixture stands up in stiff peaks when the beater is lifted.

Allow the frosting to cool and use as desired.


This Brown Sugar Frosting recipe makes enough to frost an 8 or 9-inch two-layer cake

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