My Favorite Buttercream Frosting– Caramel Buttercream {Recipe}

For years, I have struggled to make a really good buttercream.  You’ve got to have that perfect mix of ingredients where it’s not too sweet, but sweet enough– and there’s a fine line between the two.

caramel buttercream

Recently, I made this– a Caramel Buttercream that is truly out of this world.  It’s good on cupcakes, it’s good on cookies.  Basically, it’s good on every single dessert… and I find myself creating things just so I can us my Caramel Buttercream.

Yes.  It is that good.

I want to share the recipe because I am certain you’re going to enjoy it just as much as me.  Get creative with what you use it for or simply eat it with a spoon.  I won’t judge.

How to Make Caramel Buttercream

Caramel Buttercream


  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter {at room temperature}
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup caramel syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar

You’ll start by creaming the butter and shortening together.  I did this using my stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Add the vanilla extract, caramel syrup, and salt.  Mix until combined.  Slowly begin adding the sugar, mixing it in as you go.  The frosting will begin to thicken up and take shape.

Caramel Frosting

After all the sugar has been added, decide if your frosting is the consistency you desire.  If you want thicker frosting, add more powdered sugar.  Just do so s-l-o-w-l-y and taste after each addition.  You can always add more, but you can’t take any back!

Also check the flavor.  If you desire even more of a caramel flavor, add a little more caramel syrup.

That’s it!  Your caramel buttercream is complete.

caramel buttercream recipe

If you don’t use it all in one sitting, it stores well in an air tight container in the fridge.



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      • Desi says:

        I get the caramel syrup like you would put on top of ice cream. In my grocery store, it’s actually on a display near the ice cream. The kind I use is made by Smuckers– the same company that makes jelly and jam.

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