Caramel Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Transform caramel into a decadent and irresistible Caramel Buttercream Frosting! Caramel frosting pairs well with all kinds of baked goods, including cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more!

Caramel Frosting Recipe

Elijah didn't seem to care about a birthday theme this year. We had Pokemon, Batman and minion decor littering our home and his only request for a cake was that it was "yummy." PHEW because "yummy" happens to be a specialty. He gave his seal of approval on my concept: chocolate cake with caramel frosting. I've been dreaming both of these sugary recipes up for a while, so I was happy it sounded yummy enough for the birthday boy.

I knew the Caramel Frosting would be delicious, but I had no idea just how delicious. I loved every single thing about this frosting, from the texture (it's on the firm side) to the caramel flavor (caramel is my, one of my many faves) to the way it complemented chocolate cake absolutely perfectly.

Homemade Caramel Buttercream Frosting

It's a cinch to make, even for a baking beginner. This frosting would go great on anything and I mean anything. Swap out the Peppermint Frosting on these Triple Chocolate Cookies with Caramel Frosting, for example. I envision slathering it on about a thousand million different varieties and flavors and shapes of baked goods.

ENJOY. You will! The "yummy" cake this frosting was made for is coming soon!

Brown Sugar Caramel Frosting
Caramel, Buttercream, Frosting
Yield: 12


prep time: 5 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 25 mins

Transform caramel into a delicious buttercream frosting!


  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt


  1. In a saucepan, combine the butter, dark brown sugar and milk and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low and let the mixture bubble for 1-2 minutes, or until it turns an amber color (continue to stir constantly). Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Let cool for 15 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, mix (using whisk attachments) the cooled butter mixture, powdered sugar and sea salt with a hand or stand mixer on medium speed until creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula if necessary. Turn mixer to medium speed and beat for 3 minutes.
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