Quick Boiled Frosting

This frosting is made from brown sugar, evaporated milk, and miniature marshmallows.  You can dust the frosting with coconut.  This is from the archives of my grandmother, Ethel Eynard.  Jefferson City, MO.  1971.

cake with white frosting

Quick Boiled Frosting

cake with white frosting

Quick Boiled Frosting

You don't always have to reach for a can of frosting, you can make your own at home with our recipe.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Frosting, Icing Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 128kcal


  • 1 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 2/3 cup miniature marshmallows


  • Stir sugar, vanilla and milk together until sugar dissolves. Place over medium heat and boil for four minutes. Remove from heat and add marshmallows, mixing until dissolved. Will cover at 9 x 13 inch cake (Sprinkle coconut over the top if desired.)


Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 60mg | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 0.2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Heather

    5 stars
    I agree with Stephanie that you need to be careful about frosting before you freeze. It is much easier to frost when the cake has been defrosted back to room temp. I would do that. Otherwise you would need to worry about more than the frosting – you would need to worry about how the cake will hold up underneath it during defrosting

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