This recipe turns butter, brown sugar, salt, milk, and confectioners' sugar into a good and creamy caramel frosting.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
12
Yield:
3 cups
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Ingredients

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

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  • Melt butter in a saucepan, stir in the brown sugar and the salt. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add the milk, stirring all the while.

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  • Return to heat and bring to a boil again. Remove from heat and allow to cool until lukewarm (approximately 20 to 25 minutes). Stir in the confectioners' sugar and beat until smooth and cool enough to spread. You might need to add a few drops of milk if frosting gets too stiff.

Nutrition Facts

263 calories; protein 0.4g; carbohydrates 49.6g; fat 7.9g; cholesterol 20.9mg; sodium 111.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2010
Submitter calls this "A good creamy caramel frosting." That's an understatement. This is a beauty. I knew it would be before I even added the powdered sugar and thought to myself that I'd like to pour some of that caramel sauce over ice cream or a piece of apple pie or apple cake. But I needed it for my "Spice Cupcakes," so I restrained myself. Submitter said you may need to add more milk - in my case, since I piped rather than spread the frosting, I had to add a tad more powdered sugar. It's easy enough to adjust one way or the other to suit your needs. This is a smooth, silky, caramel-y good frosting. Sweet, yes, as frosting is supposed to be, and perfect with the spice cupcakes which were only mildly sweet. It's a gorgeous looking frosting too and made my cupcakes almost look regal. Most important, it TASTES good. Tastes good, looks good - at the risk of being cliche, "it's a keeper." Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/01/2010
I didn't care for the frosting. It is way too heavy grainy and sugary for my taste however the caramel sauce is divine! It was smooth buttery and the perfect consistency to drizzle over ice cream or a slice of warm apple pie. I'll make the sauce again but not the frosting Read More
(8)
201 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 137
  • 4 star values: 37
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2010
Submitter calls this "A good creamy caramel frosting." That's an understatement. This is a beauty. I knew it would be before I even added the powdered sugar and thought to myself that I'd like to pour some of that caramel sauce over ice cream or a piece of apple pie or apple cake. But I needed it for my "Spice Cupcakes," so I restrained myself. Submitter said you may need to add more milk - in my case, since I piped rather than spread the frosting, I had to add a tad more powdered sugar. It's easy enough to adjust one way or the other to suit your needs. This is a smooth, silky, caramel-y good frosting. Sweet, yes, as frosting is supposed to be, and perfect with the spice cupcakes which were only mildly sweet. It's a gorgeous looking frosting too and made my cupcakes almost look regal. Most important, it TASTES good. Tastes good, looks good - at the risk of being cliche, "it's a keeper." Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2007
Positively delightful, and a little goes a long way. Very sweet, which can be your friend or your enemy depending on how you want to use this. I've found that if you boil it a little longer than two minutes after you get the brown sugar in, you get a much stronger caramel flavor. The longer you boil, the stronger the flavor is. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2009
Perfect. Exactly what my mom used to make...and easy! I use this to top the "Daddy's Dang Banana Cake" on this site and it is SOOO good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2008
This frosting is awesome! It was very easy to make. The only thing I did different was added about 1/2 c. more confectioner sugar to make it a little thicker. The taste was great. I will definitely use this recipe again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2008
THis is very similar to a recipe I use. I want to add that using dark brown sugar instead of light brown makes a much tastier frosting. This is wonderful on yellow cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2009
So yummy! I added 1 tsp. of real vanilla after the cooking and cooling. Best on spice cake! Also, I think I figured out why some people got a grainy texture. You need to be sure that the brown sugar and butter come to a rolling boil before timing and also a rolling boil again after adding milk. Also, pour the caramel into your mixing bowl and then add the powdered sugar. Don't vigourously scrape the saucepan. If you do all this, you should get smooth results. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2009
This is an absolutely delicious caramel frosting! I used it to frost a homemade caramel cake, and it was wonderful. I was in a hurry, so I cooled the butter/brown sugar/milk mixture by placing the bowl into another bowl full of ice water. This cooled the mixture down in less than 10 minutes, and the frosting turned out great! Thanks for sharing, this is definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2007
I thought this was an excellent recipe. I added 1 tablespoon milk when beating together and the frosting turned out very smooth - very easy to spread. I put the frosting on some yellow cupcakes and they were scrumptious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2011
Absolutely delicious! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/01/2010
I didn't care for the frosting. It is way too heavy grainy and sugary for my taste however the caramel sauce is divine! It was smooth buttery and the perfect consistency to drizzle over ice cream or a slice of warm apple pie. I'll make the sauce again but not the frosting Read More
(8)
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