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Easy Caramel Frosting

My darling sister-in-law had a birthday last weekend, and my cute little brother asked me if we could make a cake to surprise her with. I couldn't wait to get started on that thing! I love making cakes! No, really I do.

We decided to go with a rosette cake like this one, but using my cocoa buttercream frosting for the swirls, and white pearls instead of ivory. It looked so elegant, and I smelled like heaven (that frosting is such a blessed thing, I tell you). And on the inside, we did 4 triple chocolate layers, and between each layer we used this caramel frosting. Another blessed thing, that frosting is.

I wished I would have taken a picture of the dang thing! Oh well, I think the smile on my brother's face as he was about to head into his apartment (where she was) with the cake-in-hand was worth a thousand pictures. It was adorable.

Well... apparently this batch of caramel frosting goes a long way, so with the extras, I made a few little cupcakes. With this recipe, you can easily add in a little of sea salt if you like things salty, or you could just use my salted caramel frosting altogether. Both should do well.

Easy Caramel Frosting

1 stick of butter
1 C brown sugar
1/4 t salt
6 T milk
3-5 C sifted powdered sugar (depending on how thick consistency you want)

1. In a saucepan, melt the butter, then stir in brown sugar and salt.
2. Bring to a boil for about 2 minutes (careful not to burn), stir occasionally. Remove from heat and add milk. Stir with a whisk until fully combined. 
3. Return to heat and slowly bring to a boil again. Remove from heat. Bring to room temperature (either by letting it sit out forever, or sticking in the freezer for 5 minutes like I did.)
4. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add caramel mixture, and slowly add in powdered sugar about a 1/2 cup at a time. If frosting is looking too stiff, stop adding powdered sugar and maybe add in a little milk. If frosting is looking too thin, keep adding powdered sugar to your desired consistency. 

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  1. I don't know what I'm going to make to put this on yet, but I am making this today!

    1. You could even eat this with just a spoon :)

  2. LOVING your blog!! just found it and have been pinning and peeking around for an hour ;) I sent you an email I would LOVE to have you as a featured recipe contributor on my site! xo

    1. Thanks Brittany! I'll definitely check my email.

  3. Oh, no!!! No picture. It sounds so pretty.

    1. There are 2 pictures above with the said frosting on the cupcakes.

  4. Such an easy and delicious recipe! Works for most any cake!


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