How To Make Salted Caramel Frosting

The easiest salted caramel frosting recipe ever! Use it to ice cakes, cupcakes and loaves…. or just eat it on it’s own!!

Salted Caramel Frosting

Last week I shared my easy 4 ingredient salted caramel sauce recipe with you. In case you missed it, it’s literally the easiest, yummiest, most crazy-amazing thing ever. Anyway, in that post I mentioned that you can turn your salted caramel sauce into a super easy salted caramel frosting… AND since then, I’ve received so many emails asking how to do exactly that. And so today, I’m going to share with you the easiest salted caramel frosting recipe ever. When you read it, you’ll wonder why you’ve never made it before!

Salted Caramel Frosting

Now if you’re not a fan of salted caramel (OMG what!!!??), you can of course leave the salt out of the sauce and simply make it into a caramel sauce. That way, you’ll get a lovely caramel frosting instead.

Salted Caramel Sauce

How to make Salted Caramel Frosting….

OK, so the first thing you need to do is to make a batch of the salted caramel sauce. If you have 10 minutes and 4 basic ingredients, you can do it. Honestly, it’s so easy. You don’t need a sugar thermometer or anything fancy at all.

Salted Caramel Sauce

Once you’re salted caramel sauce has cooled (and thickened), all you need to do is to pour it into a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer. Add 2 cups (1/2 cup at a time) of sifted icing sugar and beat until smooth and creamy. Now you have a perfectly delicious creamy salted caramel frosting for your cakes, loaves and cupcakes. Ummm… did someone say delicious???

Salted Caramel Frosting

This recipe will make enough frosting to cover an entire 20cm round cake (including the sides). Alternatively, if you’re making a layer cake, you’ll have enough for a thick inner layer and a top layer. If you use the frosting sparingly, you might be able to stretch it enough to cover the sides (but I like my frosting nice and thick instead!).

Salted Caramel Frosting

If you want to keep some of your salted caramel sauce for drizzling over your cakes, desserts and brownies, then simply set aside 1/4 of the sauce and use 1 and 1/2 cups of icing sugar instead. Trust me, if you love salted caramel, then this recipe is going to blow your mind!

Salted Caramel Frosting

PS – I used this salted caramel frosting with my Layered Caramel Mud Cake and then drizzled some of the salted caramel sauce over the top! Oh and then I added Maltesers, jersey caramels and caramel Kit Kats… because that’s just the obvious thing to do. Make a cake and then make it even more sugarific… why the heck not! Stay tuned for my caramel mud cake recipe coming to the blog super soon.

Salted Caramel Frosting

How To Make Salted Caramel Frosting

The easiest salted caramel frosting recipe ever! Use it to ice cakes, cupcakes and loaves.... or just eat it on it's own!!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Frosting
Keyword: Salted Caramel Frosting
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 serves
Calories: 120kcal



Conventional Method

  • Place the cooled salted caramel sauce into a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer.
  • Add 2 cups of sifted icing mixture (1/2 cup at a time - beating in between additions).
  • Beat until smooth and creamy.
  • Spread over cakes, cupcakes and loaves.

Thermomix Method

  • Place the icing sugar into the TM bowl and mix on Speed 9 for 10 seconds to remove any lumps.
  • Add the cooled salted caramel sauce into the TM bowl.
  • Whip on Speed 5 for 15 seconds or until completely combined, light and creamy.


You can use homemade or store-bought salted caramel sauce for this recipe. 


Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0mg
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21 thoughts on “How To Make Salted Caramel Frosting”

  1. Tamarra says:

    Just made this to put on top of a vanilla pound cake…. Yum, yum, yum.m! Tastes amazing!!!!! I’d forgotten about this recipe, so glad I found it again, thank you google.

    (I did find however that I needed to put about 3 cups of icing mixture into it so that it would hold itself and not slip off the cake)

  2. Kellie says:

    Any idea of how to make it thinner? I’ve added the recommended amount and it’s far to thick. What should I add to thin it out? HELP

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hi Kellie, it is meant to be quite thick so that you can keep layered cakes in place. But if you’d like it a little thinner, try adding slightly less icing sugar next time. xx

  3. Mel says:

    Does this set hard? Do you think it could be used under fondant?

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      No it doesn’t set hard – it’s more of a soft frosting. If you wanted it to set harder, you could use pure icing sugar rather than icing mixture. 🙂

  4. D says:

    Was wondering if his could be used as a macaron filling? Is it thick enough that it would t run and seep out from the edges once pressed together?

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      It should be fine!! You might just want to add a little extra icing sugar if need be! xx

  5. Lisa says:

    Hi – could i mix the salted caramel sauce into 2 cups of whipped cream cheese instead? Im making a chocolate cake and worried the icing mixture will make it too sweet.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hi Lisa, you could certainly try!!! The only thing is that it may not quite be thick/hard enough?? This probably wouldn’t matter so much if you were making a single layer cake though!

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