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Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

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Chelsey White is the baker, blogger, and content creator behind Chelsweets! She is a self-taught cake decorator, who loves to share her tips and tricks as well as her tried and true recipes.
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This salted caramel buttercream frosting is simple and easy, perfect for decorating any cake!
35MIN
Total Time
15MIN
Active Time
Chelsweets
Chelsey White is the baker, blogger, and content creator behind Chelsweets! She is a self-taught cake decorator, who loves to share her tips and tricks as well as her tried and true recipes.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
12
Serves 12

Caramel Sauce

3 Tbsp
Unsalted Butter , room temperature
1/4 cup
Heavy Cream , room temperature

Salted Caramel Frosting

2 cups
Unsalted Butter , room temperature
8 cups
Powdered Confectioners Sugar
1 tsp
1 Tbsp
Heavy Cream
or Whipping Cream
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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
640
FAT
34.3 g
PROTEIN
0.0 g
CARBS
82.1 g

Author's Notes

The caramel sauce recipe will yield about 3/4 of a cup of caramel, but you will only need 1/3 cup for this salted caramel buttercream. It's hard to make that small of a batch though, so I prefer to make enough to have some leftovers for topping ice cream or cupcakes!

This caramel will keep for several weeks in the fridge. I usually store it in a plastic bottle (and pop it into the microwave to reheat it), but any airtight container would work great!

Paddle Attachment vs. Whisk Attachment
Either a paddle or whisk attachment can be used to make this frosting. I like to use my paddle attachment when making frosting for a cake, to minimize the amount of air that is incorporated into the frosting. This makes silky-smooth frosting, which is easier to smooth onto cakes.
I use my whisk attachment when making frosting for cupcakes, which I like to be light and fluffy! I like to incorporate air into frosting for cupcakes because I usually pipe massive swirls onto each cupcake.

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
Begin by making the caramel sauce. Place a pot on the stove over medium heat. Pour in Granulated Sugar (1/2 cup) gradually, adding 1/4 cup at a time. Wait until the sugar is mostly liquified, then add the remaining sugar. As the sugar melts, it will gradually deepen in color. Stir occasionally until the sugar is fully dissolved, and is an amber color.
Step 2
Turn off the heat. Mix in Unsalted Butter (3 Tbsp) slowly (1 Tbsp at a time), then stir in the Heavy Cream (1/4 cup) . The mixture will be very thin but will thicken as it cools.
Step 3
Pour into a separate container, then place in the fridge to cool for 20 minutes.
Step 4
Once the caramel sauce is almost done cooling, make the caramel buttercream. Beat the Unsalted Butter (2 cups) on medium speed for 30 seconds with a paddle or whisk attachment, until smooth.
Step 5
Slowly add in the Powdered Confectioners Sugar (8 cups) , 1 cup at a time. Alternate with the Heavy Cream (1 Tbsp) .
Step 6
Mix in the Vanilla Extract (1 tsp) and Salt (1 tsp) at low speed. Add ⅓ cup of the caramel sauce in total, which will help thin the frosting. Beat on low until the ingredients are fully incorporated, and the desired consistency is reached.
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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
640
% Daily Value*
Fat
34.3 g
44%
Saturated Fat
21.9 g
110%
Trans Fat
0.0 g
--
Cholesterol
96.0 mg
32%
Carbohydrates
82.1 g
30%
Fiber
0.0 g
0%
Sugars
79.3 g
--
Protein
0.0 g
0%
Sodium
202.0 mg
9%
Vitamin D
--
--
Calcium
8.4 mg
1%
Iron
0.0 mg
0%
Potassium
7.0 mg
0%
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