Old Fashioned Caramel Icing

by Merissa on March 12, 2014

in Recipes

Old Fashioned Caramel Icing Recipe - Little House Living

Old Fashioned Caramel Icing

Sometimes you just need a sweet treat! And as much as I love chocolate icing and a good Cream Cheese Frosting, it's fun for a change to have a Caramel Icing too!

This recipe is amazing on Chocolate Cake and also tastes very good on Zucchini Brownies! (Of course it tastes wonderful on Gluten Free Zucchini Brownies too!)

Old Fashioned Caramel Icing Recipe

You can leave this icing recipe un-whipped and use as a drizzle for certain bars or cakes, or use the whipped version as you can see here in the pictures for an elegant and delicious frosting.

Old Fashioned Caramel Icing

By Merissa

This quick and simple icing recipe will be the perfect topping for your next delicious cake recipe!

Preparation Time - 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Brown or Raw Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 2 cups Homemade Powdered Sugar *See Below*

 

Directions

  • In a saucepan, heat the butter and brown sugar together until boiling. Boil while stirring for 2 minutes.
  • Add in the milk and stir until almost boiling.
  • Remove the mixture from heat and cool for a few minutes, add in the powdered sugar with a whisk and mix until incorporated.

Old Fashioned Caramel Icing Recipe

  • Place in a mixer or using electric hand mixers, whip the icing until light and fluffy. You can use this to frost immediately after whipping.

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This recipe makes enough to cover a 9x13 cake, 2 dozen cupcakes, or one whole pan of Zucchini Brownies (plus some to spare), it's very sweet like many treats so enjoy in moderation!

Pin this recipe for later!

Homemade Powdered Sugar Recipe

  • In a blender mix 1 cup of sugar (can be any sugar) with 1 tablespoon or cornstarch (or tapioca starch or potato starch) until powdered. Use in place of powdered sugar in recipes.

Old Fashioned Caramel Icing Recipe

What are some of your favorite recipes to put icing on? What do you think you will use this Old Fashioned Caramel Icing recipe for?

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1 farmhousebarb March 12, 2014 at 7:22 am

This sounds yummy!! I am thinking chocolate layer cake very soon..too bad I already started doughnuts today. They won’t last long,tho’……..

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2 Laura March 12, 2014 at 8:38 am

Looks fantastic! Does this have to be refrigerated after? I’ve been looking for a frosting that doesn’t have to be refrigerated. We don’t like the taste of gluten free cakes once they have been in the fridge.

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3 Merissa March 12, 2014 at 8:39 am

Yes, I would recommend refrigerating this recipe once it’s made since it has milk and butter in it.

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4 Lana March 12, 2014 at 7:03 pm

This is a family favorite. I have been making this recipe for over 30 years and we love it on spice cake. I have never refrigerated the cake after frosting it.

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5 Georgia March 12, 2014 at 9:37 am

Oh my goodness that looks good…. (salivating). 🙂 I wonder if I can make it sugar and calorie free? 😉

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6 heather March 12, 2014 at 10:31 am

homemade powdered sugar? I have tried it before, but never got the consistency I wanted. Going to try adding cornstarch next time!

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7 Merissa March 12, 2014 at 10:33 am

Cornstarch is the key! I always thought that powdered sugar was simply finely ground sugar too until I read the ingredients on the package 😉

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8 Pam March 12, 2014 at 1:53 pm

This looks delicious! It looks so easy to make too, I have never baked a cake or make any sort of desert, but I will give this a try.

Pam

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9 MJ Graham March 12, 2014 at 4:02 pm

This sounds wonderful. Will be trying it tonight!

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10 Johanna GGG March 12, 2014 at 5:15 pm

wow this looks delicious – I have badly failed at making caramel icing – caramel is my nemesis – but love baking chocolate cakes which would love to wear this

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11 Elise March 13, 2014 at 8:55 am

Wow! This looks amazing! This would be awesome on an apple cake.

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12 dina March 13, 2014 at 9:46 am

you don’t see caramel icing on a chocolate cake yet it looks like the perfect combination!

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13 Erica March 15, 2014 at 6:32 am

I have used this recipe (same as my grandmas) for butter pecan cake… even makes the boxed kind delicious! 🙂

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14 Mary Stevenson March 20, 2014 at 6:46 am

I have tried several times to get the Carmel pudding and cake recipes. Each time no recipes just advertising!!! What’s with that??

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15 Merissa March 20, 2014 at 7:13 am

I’m not sure which recipes you are looking for? I don’t think we have a caramel pudding recipe posted. Which cake recipe were you trying to get to?

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16 Sue Price March 25, 2014 at 7:53 am

I live at an elevation of 7000ft. Any high altitude baking recipe’s are appreciated. Love your site. I have gotten lots of great ideas from you. Thanks.
Sue

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17 Lisa yates April 4, 2014 at 11:38 am

Cannot wait to try this! Sounds delicious. Now that I am home all the time I can bake and cook better meals for my family! This looks so yummy! Thanks!

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18 Peggy Stenglein April 4, 2014 at 4:59 pm

The cake looks delicious!! I will give this icing a try!! For the powdered sugar…Will it ‘powder’ like store bought in a blender? I would very much like to make my own since we don’t use powdered sugar that often, it would be one less thing to have in the cupboards!! Thanks!!

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19 Merissa April 4, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Yes it will. It’s not a perfect substitution in all recipes but it works really well in most of them. The key is adding in the starch.

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20 LaDawn April 5, 2014 at 8:44 pm

I put it on oatmeal cake. A marriage made in heaven.

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21 Rachel Kathyg @ onlinesisterhood April 16, 2014 at 7:51 am

Hi Merissa. This frosting looks sooo yummy! I make a version of this (it’s a little different and was my Grandma’s recipe). Sometimes the old-fashioned recipes are still the best. I pinned yours to try later:) found at inspire me wed. Have a great week.

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22 Kathi Riemer April 16, 2014 at 8:56 am

I need this recipe in my repertoire! Thank you for sharing…it’s been pinned.
Kathi

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23 cathy April 18, 2014 at 9:15 am

love your blog and how you display your social media, so creative! This chocolate cake looks so good, i love the chocolate caramel combo! Checking this sweetness out from the pinworthy projects party! I am now following you on pinterest and twiiter 🙂
Cathy

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24 Mel {MamaBuzz} April 18, 2014 at 10:53 am

This looks absolutely delicious. I don’t know that I’ve ever had caramel icing, but the next chocolate cake I make, this is going on it. Thanks so much for sharing on Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in next week’s issue.

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25 Namee April 20, 2014 at 4:17 am

This looks so good, tempting! I just made my Mocha Walnut Cake and the next time I bake them, Im gonna use this frosting for sure! oh yumm!

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26 Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt April 21, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Yum! This looks so good. I am pinning now. Came over from the Pin it Monday Hop!

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27 Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron April 21, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Your photography is gorgeous and this cake looks incredible! I will be featuring this on Saturday Night Fever this weekend! Thanks for linking this up 🙂

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28 Anne April 21, 2014 at 11:25 pm

I love caramel! I can’t wait to make this yummy sounding frosting! I’m glad I found your link through the Titus 2 Tuesday link party.

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29 Angela (Life in Velvet) April 22, 2014 at 10:25 am

Oh this looks dangerous! Pinned! Awesome recipe 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up at Thursday STYLE! Have a great week!

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30 Julie April 22, 2014 at 4:17 pm

This looks amazingly delicious! Pinned it for future use!

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31 Alexis April 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm

This looks so beautiful and so tasty! Thank you for sharing with us at What We Eat Wednesday‘s link up! I’ve also pinned this recipe on my WWEW board! Don’t forget to come back every week with your new or old recipes!

Alexis ♥ Laugh. Eat. Learn.

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32 Molly Young April 22, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Looks like such an easy recipe and looks so yummy too!! Can’t wait to try it!

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33 Cindy @ Hun... What's for Dinner? April 23, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Oh my! What a decadent frosting. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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34 Erin @ The Speckled Palate April 24, 2014 at 5:22 pm

I’m a sucker for any kind of caramel, and the fact that you added it to ICING makes me so incredibly happy, Merissa! This sounds amazing, and I cannot wait to try it.

Also, this was one of my favorite recipes featured on last week’s That’s Fresh Friday link-up! I’ll be featuring it at my site tonight as we launch this week’s link-up. Thanks so much for participating, and keep up the great work!

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35 Betsy @ BPhotoArt April 25, 2014 at 7:03 am

Looks yummy! Too bad I’m off refined sugar. …sigh! (Thanks for visiting Happiness is Homemade, hope to have you link up next week!)

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36 maria @ close tohome April 25, 2014 at 7:33 am

This looks amazing and I think I might try it for my son’s first communion in a few weeks. WE featured this recipe on this weeks #Fridayfrenzy hope you will come back this week. http://www.stayingclosetohome.com/recipe-and-craft-party-425.html

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37 Raia April 25, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Wow, this looks dangerous! 😉 I love the use of brown sugar! Thanks for sharing at Savoring Saturdays. 🙂

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38 Krista Low April 25, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Can I say Yumm?! This icing looks amazing, and I’m loving the pair with chocolate. Just pinned your fabulous recipe!

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39 bel @ Mums Take Five April 26, 2014 at 7:46 am

Oh delicious! I’m sure it is good on everything lol
Thank you for linking up for Sunday Brunch, nice to see you

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40 Lauren @ Create Bake Make April 27, 2014 at 6:54 am

Thank you so much for this recipe, I just love caramel and this will go brilliantly with my favourite chocolate mud cake recipe x

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41 [email protected] in Pyjamas April 27, 2014 at 1:11 pm

This sounds great, I love how smooth it looks. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great weekend!!

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42 erin April 28, 2014 at 3:58 pm

This looks so amazing! Congrats. You are featured on Good Tips Tuesday!
http://abirdandabean.com/2014/04/good-tips-tuesday-2.html

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43 Susan W May 2, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Delicious! Stopping by from the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop to say hi and thanks for linking up!

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44 Jill May 4, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Oh my gosh, this sounds delicious!

Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

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45 Rachel H May 9, 2014 at 11:57 am

I am going to make this! I never knew you could make your own powdered sugar. I’ll give it a try.

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46 Arlene June 1, 2014 at 10:57 pm

Absolutely delicious! I just made 1\4 recipe to frost a few cupcakes…easy and perfect.

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47 Merissa June 2, 2014 at 6:48 am

I’m so glad you liked it!

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48 Arlene June 2, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Forgot to mention, I used cream instead of milk, added a dash of sea salt, and Mexican vanilla. Fabulous frosting! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

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49 Ashley June 5, 2014 at 1:42 pm

I made this frosting last night, and while it was very simple & delicious, I didn’t get a “whipped” texture? I used the wisk attachment on my kitchen aid mixer & whipped it for 3-4 mins. Suggestions? Also, if I double to recipe for a layer cake, are there any alterations that should be made?

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50 Nicole August 8, 2014 at 8:47 pm

I love this recipe, how do you think it would be on a plain yellowbutter cake?

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51 Merissa August 8, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Delicious!

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52 dan October 3, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Hi,

Can you use powered sugar instead of making your own?

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53 Merissa October 3, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Yes you can use any powdered sugar for this recipe.

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54 Elizabeth December 11, 2014 at 10:36 am

My grandmother used to make caramel icing. I had nearly forgotten that. Thank you for sharing. I am pinning to try soon!!

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55 Jodi Caldwell February 13, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Frosting was delicious but the photo is deceiving. This is not enough frosting to make a layered cake. I had to make two batches

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56 Resa July 17, 2015 at 8:32 pm

Hey there! I tried the caramel icing. The flavor was fantastic, but the texture was kind of grainy. I did take your advice and make my own powdered sugar. Any ideas of where I might have mixed something up?

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57 Merissa July 17, 2015 at 8:45 pm

What did you use to make the powdered sugar? Was it ground to a powder? Sometimes it can be hard to get it completely perfect.

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58 Janice January 21, 2016 at 9:10 am

Can I use store bought powder sugar?

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59 Merissa January 23, 2016 at 4:50 pm

Yes you can.

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60 Sandra November 24, 2016 at 9:42 am

I just made this icing and WOW it is delicious. It is very simple and easy to make. The only thing I added was a little vanilla extract because I love baking with that.

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