Salted Caramel Frosting


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Salted Caramel Frosting recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

I knew before I made this frosting that {Salted + Caramel = Frosting} it was going to be a good thing. However, I had no clue that it was going to be a great thing: an almost indescribably awesome frosting.

I’m not usually a big fan of frosting, but I am a huge fan of homemade caramel sauce. So, pouring caramel sauce into a whipped cream cheese frosting sounded too delicious not to try.

I paired this frosting with chocolate cupcakes and the best gluten free chocolate cake that you can imagine. The combination of caramel and chocolate was everything I wanted it to be.

I have to admit that one of my favorite things about this frosting is that it requires nothing fancier than a knife to decorate the cupcakes. No piping tools were required and the frosting stayed soft enough to look pretty without any effort or skill on my part.

Salted Caramel Frosting recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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Salted Caramel Frosting

Buttery sweet with just a hint of salt combined with cream cheese for silky smooth salted caramel frosting perfection.
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  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup salted caramel sauce recipe below

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


Caramel Sauce Instructions

  • In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar and the water. Stir to combine and then cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves; about 4-5 minutes. There is no need to stir, simply swirl the pan over the burner occasionally as the sugar dissolves.
  • Raise the heat to medium high and cook the sauce, swirling the pan occasionally, until it is amber colored; about 7-8 minutes. Add the butter, be prepared for it to bubble and sputter, lightly stir with a wooden spatula, do not scrape the sides of the pan or splash sauce up the sides of the pan. (This will cause crystallization, if you scrape the uncooked sugars back into the sauce.)
  • Once the butter is melted, remove from the heat and add the vanilla, heavy cream and salt. It will bubble again, but will calm quickly. Stir to combine (again, not scraping sides of the pan) and then let cool before transferring to a jar and refrigerating for storage.

Frosting Instructions

  • Beat the butter and cream cheese together at medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add the powdered sugar and beat to combine. Add 1 cup of room temperature caramel sauce and beat again to combine. Spread the frosting on top of anything and everything you'd like. Enjoy!


You will have some extra caramel sauce. You can use it in anything you'd like. It is amazing over ice cream or drizzled on warm apple crisp. So many options for this sweet and salty caramel sauce. 
Recipe inspired by Eats Well With Others and adapted from Life on Blackberry Farm
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Salted Caramel Frosting recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen


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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Tricia Buice says

    Ohhh yum! I've been thinking about this frosting since you mentioned it 🙂 It is lovely and the flavor combination sounds great. We LOVE your homemade caramel recipe – it's my husbands favorite!

    • Mary says

      The water is in the caramel sauce recipe. You use the finished caramel sauce to make the frosting. I hope that helps!

    • Anonymous says

      How easy is this frosting to pipe? Will it hold a shape or does is stay on the softer side? I know most frostings I make with cream cheese don't hold up well after piping.

    • Anonymous says

      thank you trying it tonight, got my sauce made yesterday just set it out from the fridge now , so we will give this a try, it is going on a mocha cake for a baby shower, wish me luck!
      thanks sounds great

    • Mary says

      Stir to combine and then just give it a few minutes. The sugar will dissolve as it heats. I've made this dozens of times, the measurements are correct. I hope that helps!

  2. Kerri says

    Wow! Thanks so much for this recipe – it is, as you say, indescribably delicious. It was as much as I could do not to just eat it straight from the mixing bowl! Will definitely make again.

  3. PVM says

    I made this yesterday for my sons birthday cake which was a homemade yellow cake, This is so GOOD! It went perfect with the cake! Thank you for a great recipe!

  4. Anonymous says

    I LOVE "Sea Salt Caramel" gelato. I wonder if there is any way to take this homemade caramel sauce and make a homemade Sea Salt Caramel ice cream (in an electric freezer)??? Your thoughts?