Grandma's Caramel Frosting


This frosting recipe was the one my Grandma used on top of her oatmeal cake, spice cake, and banana nut cake. I also like it on a yellow or white cake. You do have to use at once because this does stiffen as it cools.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
6 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
16 mins
4 1/2 cups


  • 1 cup butter

  • 2 cups packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup milk

  • 6 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Melt butter in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat; stir in brown sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Let cool for 5 minutes.

  2. Whisk milk into the saucepan until mixture is smooth.

  3. Beat 3 cups confectioners' sugar and salt into the butter mixture with an electric mixer on low speed. Add remaining confectioners' sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until smooth.

Cook's Notes:

If desired, garnish frosting with chopped nuts or chocolate chips.

Substitute half-and-half for milk, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

175 Calories
5g Fat
33g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 175
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 46mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 0g
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 23mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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