Top your favorite treats with this easy to make caramel buttercream. Just imagine all of the cakes, cupcakes and cookies it could go on!
Sweet caramel goodness in a super delicious buttercream. This recipe whips up in minutes and is perfect for piping and decorating. It holds its shape and tastes delicious! It is the perfect topping to any desserts that could benefit from a touch of caramel goodness.
Making a rich caramel frosting doesn’t have to be complicated. This recipe doesn’t require any candy thermometers or saucepans.
It is so quick and easy you can be decorating your cake or cupcakes in just a matter of minutes. It is a fun twist on American buttercream, which is the least complicated version of frosting to make.
When I originally created this recipe, I used to to top some carrot cake cupcakes. It was a yummy combination.
Original post from 2019
This week is going to be a fun one. This frosting is just the start of something scrumptious. The next few days are going to build to something fun for your Easter table.
Sometimes, when I’m feeling spunky, I go with maple cream cheese frosting. It is super delicious and adds a little warmth to the mix.
This particular day and for this particular project, cream cheese frosting just wasn’t going to work. I needed something that didn’t need refrigeration and something that would hold it’s shape.
It was tempting to go to my old standby, sweetened condensed milk buttercream. It was really superdy duper tempting.
But I like trying new things, so I figured I had better do something different. Boy am I ever glad I did.
I had a bit of caramel sauce that was calling my name. I figured it would be an easy way to add flavor and warmth to the frosting.
The final result was lip smacking (and finger licking) good. The final color was just golden enough to give a hint of the caramel inside.
It piped beautifully on the cupcakes and was perfect on its own. They were also great with a smattering of chopped pecans and a drizzle of caramel.
I cannot wait to let this project unfold for you. I hope you’ll follow along. In the meantime, what kind of treat would you but this frosting on first?
Tips for getting your frosting right
Because this recipe is a slight twist on a traditional American buttercream, it is almost fool proof. There are a few tips to get it perfect every time.
The first is to start with room temperature butter. It should be soft, but not wimpy.
You want your mixer to be able to make it super smooth with no chunks of hard butter. That and powdered sugar that isn’t too clumpy will ensure smooth buttercream.
Use your paddle attachment on your mixer to keep to much air from getting whipped into the frosting. While you want it to be light and fluffy, too many air bubbles will affect the texture of your final product and will make it hard to get a smooth finish on your cake.
You can either use salted butter or add a pinch of salt or both. Taste it and adjust to your liking.
The salt adds balance with all the sweetness of caramel and powdered sugar. Plus caramel and salt are a classic combination for a reason.
Have fun! Frosting is supposed to be fun. So enjoy the process and have fun decorating!
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup caramel topping
- pinch of salt
- 1-2 Tablespoons cream
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- Beat butter until soft and fluffy.
- Add vanilla, caramel topping, and salt.
- Beat in powdered sugar.
- Add desired amount of cream. Adjust the final consistency by adding a little more cream or powdered sugar.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 154Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 82mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 21gProtein: 0g
All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.