You’ll love this easy caramel icing recipe! It’s made with basic pantry staples, takes around 10 minutes to make and beats store-bought frosting ANY day!
It’s been just over a year since my sweet 95-year-old Grandmother went to be with Jesus. And I’ve been finding myself thinking a lot about her life and the legacy she left.
Grandmother loved to cook and she was always finding ways to serve people, both through her love of cooking and otherwise.
One dessert that she was known for far and wide, was her chocolate cake with caramel icing. I wonder how many of those she must have made in her lifetime. It had to have been in the thousands!
Her old-fashioned caramel icing was always so good and as I child I loved to peel it off the cake in one piece, eat the cake by itself and then slowly savor the delicious caramel icing all on its own. And as an adult, I’ve been known to do it sometimes too. 😉
A never fail caramel icing
The recipe for caramel cake icing that my Grandmother used was actually just slightly different than this one.
Grandmother’s recipe used the same ingredients but was actually pretty tricky to make. The process was a bit more exacting and required a lot more precision with temperature. And it was somewhat difficult to get it to consistently turn out perfectly.
Shortly after I married, an older lady from our church shared this easy recipe for caramel icing with me. I was so excited when I tried it because it tasted just like Grandmother’s famous recipe!
But instead of being tricky to make, this recipe was super easy and is pretty much a never fail caramel icing recipe and turns out perfect every time!
So I switched to this simpler recipe and have never looked back! I’ve made it for numerous extended family get-togethers and everyone has agreed that it tastes just like Grandmother’s!
We love this easy caramel icing on my Best Ever Chocolate Cake and it goes perfectly with my Super Moist Gingerbread Cake too.
Apple cakes, such as this Applesauce Cake, pair wonderfully with caramel icing as well.
Easy Caramel Frosting Recipe
Easy Caramel Icing
- ½ c. butter
- 1 c. light brown sugar
- ¼ c. milk
- 2 c. sifted powdered sugar
- Melt butter and brown sugar together on low heat. Bring to boil and boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Add milk and heat just until boiling again. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
- Mix in powdered sugar until smooth. (I find using a whisk or hand mixer really helps to get it nice and smooth.)
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I never leave reviews but this icing was amazing!
Delighted to hear it, Sarah!
Easy to make. Very tasty!
Happy to hear that you liked it, Ann!
I made this icing yesterday for a spice cake and it is wonderful. And EASY! Went looking for a caramel icing that didn’t need the use of a candy thermometer and didn’t require six hours in a slow cooker and found your cooking blog. My choosy partner said Best. Caramel. Icing. EVER. And I’m glad I left a bit in the pan to scrape out after frosting the cake – BLISS. Thank you and because this recipe turned out so well I’m now exploring your others too.
Your lovely review made me smile, Sarahkate! It’s always a joy to know that my recipes are being enjoyed by others.
I am out of milk but can you use canned evaporated milk?
I’m not entirely sure if it would work or not, Connie. I do a lot of substitutions in recipes but I would personally hesitate to try it in this particular recipe. Also, sorry for the slow reply…I realize that you probably have milk by now. It’s been a bit busy the last few days and I haven’t gotten comments replied to as quickly as I like.