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Salted Caramel Frosting

Salted caramel frosting just may be the best frosting on earth. It brings together all of the best flavors to create a frosting that meets all of your salty & sweet desires.
Prep Time8 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: Frostings
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 cups of frosting
Calories: 983kcal
Author: Amy Nash


Salted Caramel Frosting

  • 1 cup salted butter at room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup [salted caramel sauce]
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Heavy cream or milk only as needed


  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the whisk or paddle attachment, beat butter on medium-high speed until light, creamy, and smooth, about 4 minutes.
  • Add two cups of the powdered sugar and blend on low speed until the butter and powdered sugar come together. Add the remaining powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt, and mix until combined.
  • Add the caramel sauce and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add additional heavy cream or milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, only as needed to get the frosting to a nice pipeable consistency. You may not need any additional liquid (I usually don't, but if your caramel sauce is on the thicker side, you might).


  • If a store-bought caramel sauce instead of salted caramel sauce, increase the salt to ½ teaspoon, then adjust from there.
  • This recipe makes enough frosting to pipe onto 14-16 cupcakes or frost a 2-layer cake. If spreading with a knife, you can cover 24 cupcakes.


Calories: 983kcal | Carbohydrates: 148g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 846mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 118g | Vitamin A: 1456IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg