Sticky and sweet homemade Caramel Frosting recipe is perfect for topping your favorite cupcakes and cakes. This gooey frosting will be an instant favorite!
I am so excited to share this Caramel Frosting recipe. I’m eating it right now… by the finger-full… Don’t judge me! It’s so good that I can’t stop!
I think Caramel Frosting is one of those things that just needs no introduction. I mean… It’s caramel. It’s frosting. It’s delicious. And you can put it on cupcakes and cake. What can I possibly say that would make it better?!
Now I know this caramel frosting recipe uses the stove, but don’t be intimidated. It’s just for a couple of minutes and you don’t need anything crazy like a candy thermometer. You can take a shortcut and use a jar of store bought caramel topping, but making the caramel really quickly yourself is truly worth it, in my humble opinion. And I promise it’s super easy.
Try this caramel frosting on these Sweet Potato Pecan Cupcakes!
Caramel Frosting Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups butter room temperature, divided
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 5-7 cups powdered sugar
In a medium saucepan, melt 1 cup (2 sticks) butter over medium heat.
Add brown sugar and bring to a boil. When it starts to boil, reduce heat and continue to simmer for about 2 minutes.
Add cream to the butter and sugar mixture. Bring to a boil again, stirring constantly, and remove immediately from heat.
Stir in vanilla and set aside to cool.
When the caramel mixture is cooled to slightly above room temperature (but not hot enough to melt remaining butter), pour it into a large mixing bowl.
Add 5 cups of powdered sugar to the mixture.
Beat until smooth and fluffy, about 5-8 minutes.
To prevent the frosting from feeling doughy, add the remaining stick of butter and beat in until smooth.
Add more powdered sugar until caramel frosting reaches the desired consistency (remember that if your caramel is still a little warm, it will get stiffer the colder it gets. If it's too stiff, you can beat in a tablespoon of cream or milk until it reaches your desired consistency)
For best results, pipe or spread onto cake or cupcakes immediately.
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