This recipe for easy salted caramel frosting pairs great with chocolate or vanilla cakes. It is also great as a fruit dip! So simple and delicious!
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Salted Caramel Frosting

Try adding Salted Caramel Frosting to your next cake for an extraordinary dessert experience. The sweet and salty combination is purely magical. It stands out from vanilla and chocolate frosting. Homemade caramel sauce is what gives this frosting such an incredible flavor and texture. Prepare the caramel ahead of time and you’ll be able to whip up this frosting in a snap.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Yields: 3 cups
Calories: 126kcal
Author: Jen Sobjack


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup homemade caramel sauce (or you can use store-bought) bring to room temperature
  • 3-4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt


  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and caramel together with an electric mixer until well combined and smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add the sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed after each addition. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. You may not need all the sugar. This will vary depending on how soft your butter is. 
  • Add the sea salt. Turn the speed up to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Make ahead tip

  • Frosting will keep for up to 4 days stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Let stand at room temperature to soften before use.
  • Or it can be frozen for up to 3 months. When ready to use, place in the refrigerator overnight to thaw. Let stand at room temperature to soften before use.



Add more powdered sugar, a little at a time, if a thicker consistency is desired.

If you don't have time to make homemade caramel sauce, use store-bought caramel ice cream topping or dulce de leche instead.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 2mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 4.7% | Calcium: 0.2%

Nutritional values here on my recipes should be used as a general guide only. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.