Salted Caramel Buttercream

Posted on February 13, 2011

I’m kind of obsessed with caramel lately, especially when there is salt involved.

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Ever since I made these bars a few months ago, caramel has been on the top of my list for delicious dessert ingredients.  There is something about the rich flavor and silkiness that keeps you going back for more.  After seeing this Caramel Sauce at Trader Joes so many times, I finally gave in and bought a jar.  In order to keep myself from eating the entire thing with a spoon, I figured I should use it in a recipe.

caramel sauce

What better way to use the sauce than in buttercream?  It creates a delicious icing that has the perfect hint of salt and caramel flavors, but not in an overwhelming way.  To keep the buttercream from being too sweet, I used cream cheese as a thickening agent.  That way, I didn’t have to use too much extra sugar.

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This Salted Caramel Buttercream would go well on top chocolate or vanilla cake, maybe with some sort of peanut butter filling.  I used it to ice some low fat vegan chocolate cupcakes.  It’s all about balance;-)

Start with room temperature butter and cream cheese

butter and cream chs

Beat them in a mixer on high for a few minutes, until light and fluffybutter cream cheese creamed

Add confectioners’ sugar carefully, when mixed in turn mixer back to high speed

add sugar

Beat in vanilla

add vanilla

Then add the caramel sauce

add caramel

Beat on high speed until all ingredients are well combined; if frosting is too liquidly, add extra sugar

caramel buttercream

Use to top cake, cupcakes or eat with a spoon

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Salted Caramel Buttercream

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened (I used reduced fat)
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup salted caramel sauce

Cooking Directions

  1. Beat butter and cream cheese in a mixer on high for a few minutes, until light and fluffy
  2. Add powdered sugar carefully, when mixed in turn mixer back to high speed
  3. Beat in vanilla
  4. Then add the caramel sauce; beat on high speed until all ingredients are well combined
  5. *If frosting is not firm enough at this point, add more powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time

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