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Caramel Frosting Recipe

Creamy caramel frosting puts the crowning touch on spiced cupcakes and other scrumptious flavors. Our Test Kitchen's recipe is rich with spreadable goodness.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings


  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • Dash salt
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a small heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter, milk and salt. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved.
  • 2. Increase heat to medium. Do not stir. Cook for 3-6 minutes or until bubbles form in center and syrup turns amber in color. Transfer to a small bowl; cool to room temperature.
  • 3. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until frosting achieves spreading consistency. Yield: 1-1/3 cups.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (4 teaspoons) equals 118 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 54 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, trace protein.

Reviews for Caramel Frosting

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Reviewed Jan. 13, 2016

"Delicious! I doubled this recipe to frost a 9x13 spice cake I had made. It was the absolute perfect combination! I will definitely be making this again."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"This frosting is really rich and delicious; however, I found that I had to make three recipes in order to frost a three layer jam cake. The cake has to be frosted quickly because the frosting begins to thicken to an un-spreadable consistency. I simply reheated with a little more butter and milk to continue spreading. It's not the best looking cake I've ever made, but, it will taste good. Will I use this again? Yes."

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"I loved brown sugar frosting. This was great!"

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2008

"Very good frosting, enough for 12 cupcakes!!"

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