Brown Sugar Cake with Salted Caramel Icing

LAST UPDATED: Jun 14, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Jan 02, 2013 | By: Julie Blanner
Incredible Salted Caramel Cake with Salted Caramel Icing recipeThe combination of brown sugar cake and salted caramel frosting is simply, sweet.  For the past few years, I’ve indulged in the salted caramel phase, often requesting a salted caramel cake from one of my favorite bakers.  It was time to perfect my own.  I’m dividing this recipe into 3 easy parts – cake, frosting and topping.
Incredible Salted Caramel Cake with Salted Caramel Icing recipe

Brown Sugar Cake with Salted Caramel Icing

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  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 1 c plus 2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • just over 1/2 c milk mixed with 2 tsp lemon or 1/2 c + 2 Tbsp buttermilk
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 c heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 sticks butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp course sea salt
  • 2 1/2 c powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • Cream butter and add brown sugar. Mix well. Add eggs and vanilla. Alternate adding buttermilk and dry mixture until well combined.
  • Bake 25 minutes.
  • Over medium heat, add sugar and water, stir. Watch closely until it becomes a deep amber. Remove from heat and add heavy cream and vanilla. Whisk until smooth and allow to cool {10 minutes or so}.
  • Using a mixer, combine butter, sea salt and powdered sugar. Add caramel and combine well. Frost cooled cake.
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Notes: because this cake was made for just 4, I made a single layer. If you want a thicker/double stack cake, just double the cake portion of the recipe.