Salted Caramel Frosting

LAST UPDATED: Oct 01, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Sep 14, 2017 | By: Julie Blanner

Salted Caramel Frosting to frost cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, bars and more! You only need 3 ingredients to make this easy, delectable fluffy frosting and it takes just minutes to make.

A cake on a stand with Salted Caramel Frosting

Salted Caramel Frosting – the icing that in my humble opinion, should smother everything in including fall cookies, cakes and even cinnamon rolls! That sweet and salty flavor gets me every time.

I adapted my thick, fluffy buttercream frosting for a little fall infused flavor that can truly be enjoyed year round. While I particularly crave it as temperatures drop, I can eat salted caramel any time, anywhere.

You’ve seen this Salted Caramel Frosting recipe integrated into some of my favorite baked goods including sugar cookies and cakes, but I guess it’s been in hiding because I have received several questions about it, so it’s graduating to it’s very own recipe card.

Salted Caramel Frosting Ingredients

  • Butter – It’s best to use unsalted butter in this recipe as the caramel sauce already contains salt. You will need to use softened butter so that the ingredients combine well. Check out my post on How To Soften Butter quickly for this recipe.
  • Powdered Sugar – Powdered sugar (also known as confectioners’ sugar) is super fine and helps to create a wonderfully soft and fluffy frosting. If you don’t have any on hand, you can pulse white granulated sugar in a food processor until fine.
  • Salted Caramel Sauce – You can make my homemade salted caramel sauce to incorporate into this fluffy frosting, or purchase a jar at your grocery store, either way, this Salted Caramel Frosting will take your desserts to the next level!
Salted Caramel Frosting on a cake on a kitchen worktop

How To Make Salted Caramel Frosting

  1. Combine – Whip the butter until smooth and gradually add in the powdered sugar.
  2. Blend – Mix in the salted caramel sauce until smooth.

Variations

If you prefer a thinner icing, you can slowly add a little milk or heavy cream to the frosting until you achieve the consistency you want.

Salted Caramel Frosting on a cake on a stand

Tips

How to Spread Frosting

  • Room Temperature – This salted caramel frosting is so fluffy and creamy that it’s almost effortless to spread. It’s easier to spread when it is at room temperature, so if you’ve made it ahead of time and kept it in the fridge, allow some time to let it warm up.
  • Spatula or Pipe – Use a pallet knife or spatula to spread the frosting outwards from the centre of the cake or cookie. Alternatively, you can pipe it onto cupcakes and cookies.

How To Store

  • Room Temperature – This frosting is stable, so can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 3 or 4 days.
  • Refrigerate – The frosting will last for up to two weeks in an airtight container in the fridge, but it’s best to use within a week.
  • Freeze – Place it in a freezer bag and squeeze any excess air out. It will keep for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the fridge overnight before use.

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salted caramel frosting recipe

Salted Caramel Frosting

Julie Blanner
Salted Caramel Frosting to frost cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, bars and more! You only need 3 ingredients to make this easy, delectable Salted Caramel Frosting.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 346 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 5 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup salted caramel sauce

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl, whip butter until smooth.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar, increasing speed to medium high.
  • Blend in salted caramel sauce until smooth.

Notes

Substitutions

  • Butter – Unsalted. If you’re using salted, you may want to use regular caramel icing. 
  • Powdered Sugar – If you don’t have any on hand, you can pulse white granulated sugar in a food processor until fine.
  • Salted Caramel Sauce – Make homemade salted caramel sauce or purchase a jar at your grocery store.

Tips

  • How To Soften Butter 
  • To Thin – If you prefer a thinner icing, you can slowly add a little milk or heavy cream to the frosting until you achieve the consistency you want.

How to Spread Frosting

  • Room Temperature – This salted caramel frosting is so fluffy and creamy that it’s almost effortless to spread. It’s easier to spread when it is at room temperature, so if you’ve made it ahead of time and kept it in the fridge, allow some time to let it warm up.
  • Spatula or Pipe – Use a pallet knife or spatula to spread the frosting outwards from the centre of the cake or cookie. Alternatively, you can pipe it onto cupcakes and cookies.

How To Store

  • Room Temperature – This frosting is stable, so can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 3 or 4 days.
  • Refrigerate – The frosting will last for up to two weeks in an airtight container in the fridge, but it’s best to use within a week.
  • Freeze – Place it in a freezer bag and squeeze any excess air out. It will keep for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the fridge overnight before use.

Nutrition

Calories:346kcalCarbohydrates:54gProtein:1gFat:15gSaturated Fat:10gCholesterol:41mgSodium:158mgPotassium:10mgFiber:1gSugar:49gVitamin A:478IUCalcium:8mgIron:1mg
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