Caramel cream cheese frosting is creamy with the perfect mix of sweet and tang. It is the perfect topping for so many cakes, cupcakes and cookies.
This creamy frosting features the perfect mix of cream cheese tang and sweet salted caramel. It is perfect for topping spice cakes, apple desserts, banana treats and more.
It is soft and creamy but sturdy enough to be piped onto cupcakes or used as a filling between cookies.
Those two parts come together to make a super tasty whole. It is so easy to make and you get a little tang from the cream cheese mixed with the sweet warmth of the caramel.
This particular batch went on some apple cupcakes, so to complete the look I added a homemade oven baked apple chip to each cupcake. It made them extra festive and gives a preview of the flavors you are about to enjoy.
Making the Frosting
This recipe is made with a store bought caramel sauce, which makes it super simple to put together. You don’t need a candy thermometer or any special tools.
I like using a thick caramel sauce like the ones normally sold in jars rather than squeeze bottles if you are looking near the ice cream toppings. But you can usually find thick caramel squeeze bottles by the coffee section as well.
In order to make the frosting stiff enough to pipe on cupcakes, you need to add a higher ration of butter to cream cheese. There is still plenty of cream cheese to give it the flavor but it has plenty of structure too.
The butter helps to emphasize the butter caramel as well. Though, you can try using shortening if that is your preference.
The salt helps to balance out the powdered sugar, which also gives the frosting stability. It all comes together to make a nice fluffy and flavorful frosting.
More Great Desserts to Try
If you like apple flavored cupcakes, check out my apple pie stuffed cupcakes. They have apple pie filing baked in and spooned on top. Plus the cinnamon vanilla buttercream is excellent!
For another fun fall recipe, check out apple butter pie. It is smooth, creamy and filled with apple cinnamon flavor!
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- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 3/4 teaspoons salt
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup thick caramel sauce
- In mixer bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until it is creamy and smooth.
- Add salt, powdered sugar and caramel sauce and mix on low until most of the powdered sugar is mixed in. Then beat on high for at least 2 minutes.
- Adjust the consistency with a little milk or powdered sugar as needed to get it to the texture you like.
- Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To use chilled frosting, allow it to come to room temperature and then beat for a minute or two and then use.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 127mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 21gProtein: 0g
All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.