Caramel Frosting

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Difficulty: Easy

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1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream, plus more as necessary
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 16-ounce box confectioner’s sugar
2 cups finely chopped black walnuts, for garnish (optional)

Directions

Melt butter in saucepan.  Add brown sugar and cream.  Cook over medium-low heat for about 2 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and add vanilla. Transfer to a large bowl.

Using a handheld electric mixer, beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.  If frosting is too thick, add 1 tablespoon heavy cream at a time until consistency is right.

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Reader Comments:

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I rarely cook or bake. When I was a very young girl my grandmother made me my favorite chocolate cake with carmel frosting. I've always wanted to try to duplicate it but had been told by many that carmel frosting was very difficult to make. So I never did. I'm visiting back home in Indiana and thought I should at least try. I did today using your recipe. I followed it precisely and it came out perfect. I sent pics to all of my friends, who now want me to make it for them. No longer intimidated by Carmel frosting. Thank you

By Nancylozito on April 04, 2014

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Love this recipe! Pairs perfectly with my Caramel Macchiato Cupcake recipe! A few tips for problems I'm seeing: -For a more caramel flavor, cook butter/brown sugar mixture longer, allowing it to come to a low boil for several minutes. -To thicken, simply add more confectioner's sugar until you reach your desired consistency.

By Whitney Broussard on April 04, 2014

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This frosting came out okay but it taste just like brown sugar, not caramel.

By Heidi on January 25, 2014

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If anyone is going to flub up a recipe it would be me! This turned out great. I don't see how it didn't work for some. It's delicious! Thanks Paula!

By Merry on January 19, 2014

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too runny. not using you again

By Anonymous on December 22, 2013

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It was too runny. it fell off the cake.

By Anonymous on December 22, 2013

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It was good, but it didn't taste like caramel. And my sugar kept lumping up.

By Anonymous on December 22, 2013

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YUM!!! Amazing Caramel Frosting! No problem getting it smooth using brown sugar. Will definitely make it again. : )

By Leslie on December 15, 2013

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Paula I love your icing recipe it is so good. Me and my mother are huge fans of yours and I just recently bought your cookware for me and one for her also. Please continue to give us your wonderful recipes. May God bless you and your family.

By JENELLE JACKSON-PORTER on November 27, 2013

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Awesome

By Anonymous on November 11, 2013

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Love this caramel frosting,and so easy! You are the best.

By Anonymous on October 30, 2013

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Making your fresh apple cake with caramel icing for our family tonight. Love you

By Anonymous on October 20, 2013

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Miss you Paula. I have made a lot of your desserts and everyone and family too loves them. Thank you so much. BTW love your books too. HURRY BACK.

By lois mellott on September 16, 2013

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Hi Paula, Miss you and your show!!! I have a question about your caramel frosting. I am baking mini cupcakes for a fund raiser and am using your caramel frosting but because of my health I need to bake ahead and freeze. Is it ok to freeze this frosting? I want to frost the cakes with the icing on but not sure if the caramel frosting will thaw ok ( will it crystallize)?

By Cindy on September 13, 2013

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I absolutely love this recipe. I cant cook at all and this is so easy and delicious! I get so many compliments, people mistake that I have a talent for baking, when I put this on cupcakes. Thanks Paula! I love ya xoxo Megan

By Megan on September 13, 2013

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love you paula. please come back on TV. Have made so many of your recipes and love them all.

By Ann on September 08, 2013

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we love you in nashville tn.

By Joy Gower on August 19, 2013

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must use sugar, not brown or anyother

By Anonymous on August 10, 2013

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I am gonna use this on an apple cake for my moms birthday to make a caramel apple cake so excited thanks Paula!!!

By Anonymous on August 10, 2013

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We love you Paula!!! I will share this recipe with my mother. I will let you know the response. (I know that she'll love it. McElwee Family

By McElwee Family on August 09, 2013

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