100% - The only frosting we'll eat in our house!.


In the heartland, where the simple joys of life are cherished and the harvest is bountiful, I've found great pleasure in creating treats that embody comfort and care. Among the most cherished of these creations is a recipe that holds a special place in my heart, a symbol of love and the perfect conclusion to any meal – the homemade Salted Caramel Frosting. This luscious topping marries the opulence of butter with the golden hues of caramel and a kiss of salt, creating a balance that reflects the harmony of life's experiences. It's a celebration of flavors that has adorned our family's table for generations, elevating everything from simple cakes to elaborate desserts into something truly memorable.

Whether you're preparing a sweet surprise for a gathering of friends or looking to add a touch of indulgence to a family dinner, this Salted Caramel Frosting carries with it the heritage of our fertile lands and the allure of a decadent treat.

Salted Caramel Frosting

Servings: Enough to generously frost 12 cupcakes or a 9-inch cake.


1 cup granulated sugar

4 tablespoons water

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt, plus extra for garnishing

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

2 cups powdered sugar, sifted


Caramel Creation: In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, dissolve the granulated sugar into the water over medium heat. Once dissolved, increase the heat and let the mixture boil until it achieves a deep amber color. Remember, stirring is off-limits here; gentle swirling of the pan is all that's needed.

Incorporate the Cream: Off the heat, whisk in the heavy cream and vanilla extract. Brace for the mixture to bubble vigorously. Continue stirring until smooth, then blend in the sea salt. Transfer the caramel to a bowl and let it cool entirely.

Butter Base: In a large bowl, whip the butter until creamy, then gradually mix in the powdered sugar until fluffy and well combined.

Merge the Caramel: With the caramel cooled, fold it into the butter mixture. Beat until the frosting is light and airy. Should it feel too soft, a brief chilling followed by additional whipping can bring it to the perfect consistency.

Variations & Tips:

A Hint of Bourbon: For an adult twist, incorporate a tablespoon of bourbon into the caramel before it cools.

Sweet Adjustments: If a less salty caramel is preferred, reduce the sea salt to just a pinch for a classic caramel flavor.

Storage Solutions: Excess frosting can be stored in the refrigerator or frozen, ensuring you're always ready for impromptu baking adventures.

Decorative Touches: Embellish your frosted delights with dried edible flowers for an elegant, springtime look.

Quality Counts: Selecting a high-quality, flaky sea salt not only enhances flavor but also introduces a delightful texture to your frosting.

This Salted Caramel Frosting is more than just a recipe; it's a testament to the traditions that enrich our lives, shared through the universal language of food. As you savor each bite, may it remind you of the sweet, simple pleasures that make life truly beautiful. Enjoy crafting this exquisite topping and watch as it becomes a cherished part of your culinary legacy.

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