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!

Old Fashioned Carmel Icing

Old Fashioned Caramel Icing

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

I know that you are going to love this recipe! It’s the perfect topping for any special dessert but I won’t tell anyone if you simply want to spread some on a graham cracker and enjoy!

Ingredients for Caramel Icing

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

 

How to Make Caramel IcingMaking Caramel Icing

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.Caramel Icing Mixture

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.

This recipe makes enough to cover a 9×13 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!

Homemade Powdered Sugar Recipe

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

Use in place of powdered sugar in recipes.

Old Fashioned Caramel Icing Recipe

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Old Fashioned Caramel Icing

How to make your own caramel icing.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel icing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 cake

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. n 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.
  2. Remove the mixture from heat and cool for a few minutes, add in the powdered sugar with a whisk and mix until incorporated.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Looking for even more sweet caramel treats? Here are some of my favorite recipes!

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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This recipe for Old Fashioned Caramel Icing was originally published on Little House Living in March 2014. It has been updated as of March 2020.

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69 Comments

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

  2. 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.

      1. 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.

  3. Oh my goodness that looks good…. (salivating). πŸ™‚ I wonder if I can make it sugar and calorie free? πŸ˜‰

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

    1. Cornstarch is the key! I always thought that powdered sugar was simply finely ground sugar too until I read the ingredients on the package πŸ˜‰

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. I have used this recipe (same as my grandmas) for butter pecan cake… even makes the boxed kind delicious! πŸ™‚

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

    1. 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?

  9. 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

  10. 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!

  11. 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!!

    1. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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 πŸ™‚
    Cathy

  14. 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.

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

  17. 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 πŸ™‚

  18. 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.

  19. Oh this looks dangerous! Pinned! Awesome recipe πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for linking up at Thursday STYLE! Have a great week!

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

  21. 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!

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

  23. Wow, this looks dangerous! πŸ˜‰ I love the use of brown sugar! Thanks for sharing at Savoring Saturdays. πŸ™‚

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

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

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

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

  28. 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!

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

  30. 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!

  31. 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?

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

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

  34. 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?

  35. 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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  37. You are so right. I love chocolate frosting, too, but sometimes you just need some caramel in your life. πŸ™‚ I must share the deliciousness. πŸ™‚

  38. I can’t get it to fluff. Idk what’s wrong.it gets real think and won’t spread. I turns to taffy.

  39. Years ago when I was in high school, I had a waitress job at a small cafe. The owner’s mother would bake a homemade banana cake and frost it with caramel frosting. Yum, it was so good.