Creamy Caramel Frosting Recipe

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I love this creamy caramel frosting, which is an ideal compliment for spice cupcakes. The recipe originated with my grandmother.—Virginia Breitmeyer, Greensboro Bend, Vermont
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 tablespoon: 79 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 29mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter and milk; bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool to lukewarm. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until frosting achieves spreading consistency. Yield: about 2-1/4 cups.
Originally published as Caramel Frosting in Taste of Home Baking Book 2007, p166

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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mariadotson User ID: 2556989 164148
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"This is a family favorite at my house. I've made it a number of times. It's very easy to whip up and has always turned out "right"."

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