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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.