35 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

Yummy and sweet, this is perfect for nut or dark chocolate cakes.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Place the butter and brown sugar in a heavy saucepan over low-medium heat; cook and stir until the sugar dissolves and the mixture boils. Stir in the cream, return to a boil, and boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and cool.

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  • Beat in the powdered sugar until smooth.

Nutrition Facts

163 calories; 5.7 g total fat; 17 mg cholesterol; 32 mg sodium. 29 g carbohydrates; 0.2 g protein; Full Nutrition


Reviews (32)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2011
This is a delicious caramel icing recipe. I used skim milk in place of heavy cream and it didn't seem to make any difference. I also added 2 t vanilla after it cooled a little to give it a rich caramel flavor. Make sure you cool the sauce before beating in the sugar and like others have said make this when you're ready to use it. If it gets too thick just beat it until it's usable. The end result is a thick wonderful icing that I used on a chocolate cake. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/02/2012
The icing was ok. I only put in one and a half cups of sugar because it was really sweet even for a powered sugar icing recipe. That made the icing very thin like a glaze so I let it set up before I put it on my cake but it was still runny. It was ok to make in a pinch since I didn't have ingredients for any other kind of frosting but next time I'll look for a different recipe. Read More
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35 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2011
This is a delicious caramel icing recipe. I used skim milk in place of heavy cream and it didn't seem to make any difference. I also added 2 t vanilla after it cooled a little to give it a rich caramel flavor. Make sure you cool the sauce before beating in the sugar and like others have said make this when you're ready to use it. If it gets too thick just beat it until it's usable. The end result is a thick wonderful icing that I used on a chocolate cake. Read More
(51)
Rating: 4 stars
09/11/2009
Tastes really wonderful but was much too thick. I thinned it with a little water and it was really good on a pumpkin sheet cake:). Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2010
instead of brown sugar I have used golden (lighter yellow) sugar. Tip: Start making this only when your baked good is ready to be "iced". I started it too early and it was almost like modeling clay onto my cake that I had made but it is good. Went well with the Holiday spice bread... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2009
This icing has been used every time I have made the Banana Cake X and freezes so well. Kathleen Gex Read More
(11)
Rating: 3 stars
03/15/2011
This icing is super easy to make and tastes okay but it just doesn't really taste much like caramel. I think next time I'll add vanilla or something. Definitely make it right before you're going to put it on cake. I baked mine in an 8x11 glass dish. When it cooled slightly I poked holes in the cake so the icing would seep down in. I did only use 1 cup of confectioner's sugar and that was plenty. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2010
Yummmm! I used whole milk instead of cream and it worked fine. I added a little more milk and a little less powdered sugar to thin it out to what I consider 'icing' consistency. The only reason I give it 4 stars is because the powdered sugar clumped a little on me when I added it. Seems like it calls to add it at the wrong time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/10/2011
Excellent icing excellent! I found though that two cups of powdered sugar was too much so I make it with less. The last time I used a cup. I have an applesauce cake in the oven now (by Corwynn Darkholme--which is a delightful cake) and I'm going to try the icing again with only half a cup of powdered sugar. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/20/2011
The recipe as is was way too thick and lumpy. I added 1/2 cup butter 1/4 cream and about 1/3 cup cream cheese during the mixing process after the caramel had cooled. I used it to frost a Devil's food cake and it was DELICIOUS! Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
08/24/2010
I hate changing recipes but desperate to save a chocolate cake I was taking to a special pot luck gatering that had risen way too high and unevenly I searched for a caramel icing recipe and found this one. I made this using only one cup confectioners and very careful spooned this over my cake after leveling the top. When it cooled I was able to frost with my fluffy chocolate frosting and the result was amazing! It saved my day. It did require two batches of caramel icing but it was well worth it. Read More
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