Salted Caramel Frosting

This indulgent Salted Caramel Frosting is a luscious, creamy, and slightly salty twist on traditional frosting. The rich caramel flavor combined with the hint of sea salt creates a perfect balance of sweetness and savory notes. It’s an ideal topping for cakes, cupcakes, or even as a filling for pastries.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This salted caramel frosting is incredibly versatile and pairs well with a variety of desserts. Its smooth texture and delightful flavor make it a crowd-pleaser. Whether you’re a fan of sweet and salty combinations or simply enjoy the richness of caramel, this frosting is sure to become a favorite.


  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  • Step 1: In a 3 1/2-qt. saucepan, bring the brown sugar and butter to a rolling boil over medium heat, whisking constantly.
  • Step 2: Stir in the heavy cream, and return the mixture to a boil; then remove from heat.
  • Step 3: Pour the caramel mixture into the bowl of a heavy-duty electric stand mixer.
  • Step 4: Gradually beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla at medium speed, using a whisk attachment; beat for 7 to 10 minutes or until the frosting is thickened. Use immediately.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: Yields enough frosting for a 2-layer cake or 24 cupcakes
Kcal: Approximately 150 calories per serving


Store any leftover salted caramel frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Before using, allow the frosting to come to room temperature and then re-whip it to restore its creamy consistency.

Recipe Tips

For a more pronounced salted caramel flavor, you can increase the amount of sea salt to suit your taste preferences. Additionally, if you prefer a lighter frosting, you can adjust the consistency by adding a little more cream or milk while mixing.

Enjoy this delectable Salted Caramel Frosting on your favorite baked treats, and savor the delightful combination of sweet and salty flavors in every bite.

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