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Creamy Caramel Sweetened Condensed Milk Frosting

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This creamy caramel frosting comes together really easily and starts with a can of sweetened condensed milk to make it extra special. It is a great way to make a caramel frosting for your favorite cakes!

A round layer cake covered in caramel sweetened condensed milk frosting and large flakes of toasted coconut

     Caramel frosting is perfect to go with so many different flavors of cakes. Chocolate of course comes to mind, but it’s also great with banana, vanilla, carrot, and so much more. This version is super creamy, soft and luscious.  It is one your will instantly fall in love with.  Whip up a batch to see for yourself!

Creamy.  Caramelly.  Luscious. Frosting.

Need I say more?
Probably not, but we both know I’m going to!

I really think I’d be ok in life with three cake recipes. A good butter cake, a perfect chocolate cake and a yummy strawberry cake could get me through most situations.

Don’t get me wrong, I love trying all of the recipes and flavors I can. I mean, do I look like somebody who says no to cake?!

Spoiler alert: I do not say no to cake. Are you kidding me?

caramel frosting on a mixer beater

     But really for me it’s all about the frosting.  I can never have too many frosting recipes.

     So when I offered to bring a cake to a family gathering at my mother-in-law’s, I was quick to pull up my old tried and true devilishly good chocolate cake.  (My phone is probably sick of pulling up that recipe, I seem to be going back to it all of the time!)

saucepan of caramelized sweetened condensed milk
The cooled caramel mixture should be pretty thick like pictured

 I thought a delicious caramel frosting would be the way to go. I think I might be going through a phase after the rolo poke cake!

Now I happen to have two caramel frosting recipes on the blog already. One is made with brown sugar and is perfect on Di’s banana cake.

The other caramelizes granulated sugar for a traditional Southern style caramel cake. Both are delicious, but neither were what I had in mind.

slice of layered chocolate cake with creamy caramel sweetened condensed milk frosting on it.

    So I took elements of those and added a nod toward German chocolate cake. Of course a bit of cream cheese never hurt a frosting, so I added some of that as well. The result was even better than I had imagined.

     This frosting is so smooth and creamy. It is just sweet enough with those warm caramel tones. The best part is the texture.

     It is almost like the caramel version of my shiny fudge frosting in that respect. It’s got a little bit of sheen to it and spreads like a dream.

layer cake with sweetened condensed milk frosting topped with toasted coconut

    While completely unnecessary, I couldn’t help but to toast some coconut flakes and sprinkle them on top. I guess I was still feeling inspired by German chocolate cake.

    This frosting is one of my new favorites! But if you are looking for other sweetened condensed milk frosting ideas you can try my chocolate sweetened condensed milk frosting or sweetened condensed milk buttercream!

    You know I’m always ready to try more frosting recipes. What are your favorites?

Yield: 24 Servings

Creamy Caramel Sweetened Condensed Milk Frosting

slice of chocolate cake with caramel frosting

This creamy caramel frosting comes together really easily and starts with a can of sweetened condensed milk to make it extra special. It is a great way to make a caramel frosting for your favorite cakes!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, bring the sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar and butter to a boil over medium heat. Stir constantly and allow to boil for 3-5 minutes. The frosting should be like a thick pudding.
  2. Cool caramel mixture to room temperature. This may take a while, but you can put it in the refrigerator to speed the process if you want to. When cooled, it should be thick enough to almost hold it's shape. See the picture in the post for reference.
  3. Whip cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Add cooled caramel mixture and beat for at least a couple of minutes.
  4. Spread over cooled cake.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 161Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 90mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 18gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This creamy caramel frosting comes together really easily and starts with a can of sweetened condensed milk to make it extra special. It is a great way to make a caramel frosting for your favorite cakes!
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Nathalie Williams

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

Does the cream cheese have to be room temperature before you mix it with the rest of the ingredients? Thanks! I’m trying this recipe for my caramel cake

Carlee

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Yes, let it come to room temperature so it is nice and soft. It will incorporate much easier that way. If you try it when the cream cheese is cold you will likely get little lumps of cream cheese in your frosting. I hope you love it!

Anonymous

Tuesday 8th of September 2020

I just found your recipe on Pinterest and I wonder where it has been all this time. Currently I have the caramel mixture cooling in the refrigerator, having a hard time restraining myself from taking a spoon and eating it. The only thing restraining me is the thought of the finished product with the cream cheese and vanilla and how lovely it’s going to taste on top of my Hershey cocoa dark chocolate cake!

Carlee

Monday 14th of September 2020

Eeeek! That is so exciting! I hope you loved it!

Anonymous

Monday 4th of May 2020

My biggest mistake is finding this recipe!Iam eaten spoons fulls us it cool off I won't have any left to ice my cake! it's delicious! I guess I will do just cream cheese 😂

Carlee

Thursday 7th of May 2020

Haha! I am so glad you like it!

Anonymous

Friday 18th of January 2019

Hello Carlee: Hubby won't eat Cream Cheese, would replacing it with Greek Yogurt work, you think? Thank You, Diane

Carlee

Friday 18th of January 2019

I'm not sure that greek yogurt would be thick enough to make a frosting that will stay put. You could possibly try using an extra stick of butter and maybe a tablespoon or two of greek yogurt to give it that creamy feel and taste. Let me know how it goes if you give it a try!

Yangster

Friday 12th of October 2018

Is this stable enough to pipe? does it do well in warm weather?

Carlee

Tuesday 16th of October 2018

You would probably want to beat in a bit of powdered sugar before you pipe it. I wouldn't keep it in the heat for too long due to the cream cheese.