Caramel Frosting

This Caramel Frosting is a legend in my Grandma’s family. When she would make it her kids would fight over the frosting and even take it off of each others plates with amusing and painful results. I was expecting this frosting to be exceptional…and it was!
  This was simple to make and I always have these 4 ingredients on hand; butter, brown sugar, milk, and powdered sugar.  The butter was first melted in a saucepan. Then the brown sugar was added and brought to a boil. This is when you really need to constantly stir it so it does not burn.

It will start to look and smell like caramel. Let it come to a boil and boil for 2 minutes…still stirring.

Add just a bit of milk, only 1/4 cup, bring to a boil then take it off the heat and cool. Beat in the powdered sugar. I wasn’t sure I wanted to dirty the beaters but the powdered sugar created some lumps that I wanted to eliminate so I did get it out.  I added 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and did not thin it. Taste test the frosting of course before frosting brownies, cake, or cupcakes.

This Caramel Frosting reminded me of caramels I make at Christmas time. It tastes that good! I would thin it out a bit more next time, but yes there will be a next time. This was great! Definitely “worth fighting for” as my Grandma wrote in her cookbook.  What a great recipe to end on!

Caramel Frosting
Five Little Chefs Great Grandma

1/2 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar

1. Melt butter in sauce pan. Stir in brown sugar.
2. Boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
3. Add milk, bring to a boil and cool.
4. Beat in powdered sugar. Add water to thin.


I am a mom to Five Little Chefs who love to cook and create anything with their hands. Watching over 10 additional hands keeps me busy but is so much fun! We laugh and cry everyday, but then want to do it again the next day. That is how we know we are enjoying life!

1 Reply to "Caramel Frosting"

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    Rachel November 16, 2012 (7:26 pm)

    Oh my this looks and sounds yummy! I'm pinning it to remember it! 🙂 Do you have recommendations of which cake or brownie or cookie it tastes best on?

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