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Salted Caramel Frosting

Salted caramel buttercream frosting pairs well with chocolate, pumpkin, spice, white, or yellow cake. Plus it’s the best icing for homemade brownies. This caramel frosting is 4 ingredients and the post gives tips on how to store frosting and how to get rid of air bubbles.
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Guys, I am so basic. My favorite frosting is either chocolate or peanut butter.

Not that I call this flavor wild, but I FINALLY made salted caramel frosting 👏👏

And it tastes so good with apple spice cupcakes. I’m so sorry – it will be a few weeks until I post that recipe! But rest assured, there are so many other awesome cake flavors to use this on.

Fluffy salted caramel buttercream is incredibly easy to make and most likely you have all the ingredients on hand already!

salted caramel frosting piped on cupcake on white background

What is buttercream?

Buttercream is a type of frosting that calls for creaming butter and powdered sugar together to make a fluffy frosting.

Buttercream is the typical frosting that you see paired with cakes and cupcakes.

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How to make salted caramel frosting?

  1. Place room temperature unsalted butter, caramel sauce, and salt in a mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer on medium and beat the butter for 1 minute, until whipped and fluffy.
  2. Add in the powdered sugar, beat again on low for 1-2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl, until everything is incorporated.
  3. If the frosting is too thick, add a tablespoon of milk or heavy cream, and beat until creamy.
salted caramel frosting with caramel sauce swirled in white bowl

What cake to pair with fluffy caramel buttercream?

Tips for making caramel frosting with caramel sauce

  • Use room temperature butter because it whips more easily and produces a fluffier frosting
  • Whip it! Want fluffy frosting? Whipping is the key!
  • Use jarred caramel sauce – like smuckers brand in a glass jar. Do not use caramel syrup that comes in a squeeze bottle.

Is salted caramel frosting gluten free?

Yes!!

salted caramel frosting with caramel sauce swirled in glass bowl

Does salted caramel frosting need to be refrigerated? How long does caramel frosting keep?

You can store frosting in a sealed container on the counter for up to 2 days.

However, you can store frosting in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week. Before using, place the frosting on the counter and allow it to come to room temperature. Give it a quick whip with an electric mixer before using.

Why do I have air bubbles in my frosting and how can I get rid of them?

Air bubbles form when whipping the frosting, which is a necessary step in making buttercream! But you can reduce the amount of air bubbles by beating the frosting on low speed for a minute or by hand mixing the frosting. You are essentially pushing out the air bubbles.


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Salted Caramel Frosting

Salted Caramel Frosting

Yield: 2-3 cups
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Salted caramel buttercream frosting pairs well with chocolate, pumpkin, spice, white, or yellow cake. Plus it’s the best icing for homemade brownies. This caramel frosting is 4 ingredients and the post gives tips on how to store frosting, and how to get rid of air bubbles.

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup caramel sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt (use table salt in the frosting and extra course salt on top if desired)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (or more for taste preference)
  • dash of milk or heavy cream if frosting becomes too thick

Instructions

  1. Place room temperature unsalted butter, caramel sauce and salt in a mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer on medium and beat the butter for 1 minute, until whipped and fluffy. 
  2. Add in the powdered sugar, beat again on low for 1-2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl, until everything is incorporated. 
  3. If the frosting is too thick, add a tablespoon of milk or heavy cream, and beat until creamy. Spread or pipe onto cake, cupcakes, or brownies. 

Pair with Doctored Up Pumpkin Cake, Cinnamon Spice Crazy Cake, Doctored Up Chocolate Cupcakes.

Notes

How long does salted caramel frosting keep?

You can store frosting in a sealed container on the counter for up to 2 days.

However, you can store frosting in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week. Before using, place the frosting on the counter and allow it to come to room temperature. Give it a quick whip with an electric mixer before using.

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