Homemade Caramel Frosting

"This is the BEST, buttery caramel frosting. It comes from my great aunt and she always used it on top of her chocolate zucchini cake. YUM!"
photo by jane r. photo by jane r.
photo by jane r.
photo by jane r. photo by jane r.
Ready In:




  • Melt butter in a pan.
  • Add brown sugar and boil for two minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add milk and stir until mixture boils, remove and cool.
  • Pour into mixing bowl and add powdered sugar a little bit at a time.
  • Beat well after each addition of powdered sugar.

Questions & Replies

  1. just finished making my frosting , but i dont think its thick enough. will it thicken up as it cools completely?


  1. A TRUE caramel recipe does not use powdered sugar, the basic recipe is as follows: 2 c light brown sugar, 1/2 c butter, 8 Tbsp milk, 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp vanilla. Cook butter, sugar and milk until rolling boil, boil about 5 mins until soft ball stage, remove from heat, add baking powder and vanilla and mix well, let cool, then beat with electric mixer for about 10 mins or until you get your spreading consistency
  2. Made with dark brown sugar as its all I had and it was delicious on top of my caramel cake recipe from Southern living. I am a rookie/impatient and didn't wait for the brown sugar to cool all the way so my frosting was too runny, but a few mins in the fridge worked perfectly.
  3. This was exceptional. I made it exactly as directed for an old-fashioned apple cake I made. My son said its the best frosting he's ever had and he has had many! It definitely has a caramel flavor to my tastes. After adding the milk I did let it come to a full but gentle boil and noticed the color changed to a beautiful light caramel color. I will be making this often! Thank you for posting.
    • Review photo by jane r.
  4. I made this recipe exactly as it said and it was good however, it is a butterscotch flavor not caramel. I made a Girl Scout (Samoa cookie) cake and wanted a caramel frosting to top it. The flavor unfortunately was not caramel.
  5. I put this on top of a yellow cake from another site. I had a big party. We have tons of food left. We have two pieces of cake. Two. People were saying how the wanted to put their fingers in the cake just to eat the icing. I made it exactly as it was written, and it was perfect. FWIW, I used lactose free skim milk as that was all that we had in the fridge. And it was still delicious. Did I mention only two pieces of cake?


  1. A bit more water because it turned out a little bit stiff. Or even 1 and 1/2 cups of icing sugar instead of 2 :-)


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