Creamy Caramel Frosting

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + cooling


about 2-1/4 cups

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
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


  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

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