Cooked Caramel Frosting

Caramel Frosting on a Kentucky Jam Cake
Diana Rattray
  • 13 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 3 mins
  • Yield: For 2 or 3 layers (1 portion)
Ratings (18)

This is a cooked fudge-like frosting, perfect for a spice cake or brown sugar cake. It would be great on a chocolate cake as well. 

Use this caramel frosting to ice spice cake, a jam cake, or similar cakes. Dip the spatula in hot water if the frosting becomes firm and difficult to spread. 

Related Recipe: Fluffy Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

What You'll Need

  • 3 cups brown sugar (packed, light)
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 dash of salt
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

How to Make It

  1. In a large saucepan, combine ingredients and mix well to blend. Bring to a boil; cover and cook 3 minutes.
  2. Uncover and cook to 238° on candy thermometer or until soft ball forms when dropped in cold water. Cool for 3 minutes.
  3. Beat until thick and spreadable. It should begin to lose its glossiness.
  4. Spread on layers and over sides of cake.
  5. As you frost the cake, the frosting might become too stiff. Add a little hot water whenever necessary to make it spreadable. Dip the spatula in hot water to smooth frosting out if needed.

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    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 3552
    Total Fat 99 g
    Saturated Fat 63 g
    Unsaturated Fat 26 g
    Cholesterol 293 mg
    Sodium 438 mg
    Carbohydrates 685 g
    Dietary Fiber 0 g
    Protein 6 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)