Brown Sugar Cocoa Frosting or Glaze

Servings: 1.25 cups


  • 5 tablespoons Butter, unsalted
  • 3/4 cups Brown sugar, light or dark, packed
  • 1/2 cup Ghirardelli 100% Unsweetened Ground Cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract


  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter.
  • Stir in the sugar, cocoa, and salt.
  • Over low to medium heat, gradually stir in the cream.
  • Continue to stir until the mixture is very hot and glossy.
  • As soon as it starts to simmer at the edges, turn the heat down immediately and stir constantly without simmering for about 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  • For frosting, cool until spreadable. Reheat as necessary by setting the containing in a bowl of hot water.
  • For glaze or sauce, cool until thickened but still pourable. Put the sauce in the fridge for 5 minutes to speed up the cooling process for glaze.

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