Fluffy Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Fluffy Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
Fluffy Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting. Photo of Fluffy Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting Diana Rattray
  • Total: 12 mins
  • Prep: 12 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 24 Servings
Ratings (27)

This is a delicious frosting with a caramel flavor, and it's super easy to prepare. I used ​reduced fat cream cheese in this recipe. This recipe is easily halved if you want to frost a small 1-layer cake, a loaf cake, or a dozen cupcakes.

This is a great frosting for a pumpkin cake or cupcakes, or use it to frost a spice cake or carrot cake. It's  wonderful on chocolate cupcakes, too!

What You'll Need

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup purchased thick caramel sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar

How to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. 
  2. Beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy. Add the caramel sauce and vanilla; beat until well blended. Add 3 1/2 cups of confectioners' sugar and beat on low speed until blended. Add more confectioners' sugar, if needed. Increase mixer speed and beat on high speed for 2 minutes.

Tips for Frosting

  • If frosting is too thick to spread or pipe, thin with milk or cream, beating in about 1 teaspoon at a time until you get the desired consistency.
  • To create special effects without piping:
  • Swirl with a spoon to make waves and peaks.
  • Draw a small spatula or butter knife through the frosting in a zigzag pattern.
  • Smooth the frosting with a wet knife, then run a fork over the icing to make ridges.
  • Frost then drizzle with melted semisweet chocolate. Refrigerate until the drizzle sets.

Cake and Cupcake Suggestions

Apple Butter Cupcakes

Buttermilk Spice Cake​​

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
135 Calories
5g Fat
22g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)