Caramel Buttercream



Easy to make delicious caramel buttercream in just a few minutes. Perfect for topping cupcakes, layer cakes or special celebration cakes. 

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Easy to make delicious caramel buttercream in just a few minutes. Perfect for topping cupcakes, layer cakes or special celebration cakes.

Happy New Year! Welcome to my first recipe post of 2017 (although I did share Josh’s cars and lorries birthday cake in my gallery a few days ago).

Everywhere I look so far this year I’m seeing super healthy recipes for all those people who’ve made resolutions to eat a bit better this year (including me, although you wouldn’t know it from this!). I’m staging a little rebellion on here and sharing my caramel buttercream recipe because…

  1. I love this buttercream and I wanted to share it with you.
  2. If you’re anything like me then you won’t be able to stick to completely healthy resolutions. I’ve actually been really good so far this year but I’m the sort of person that needs to have the occasional treat. I’d seriously recommend this buttercream on top of your favourite cupcakes if you’re in need of one.

Easy to make delicious caramel buttercream in just a few minutes. Perfect for topping cupcakes, layer cakes or special celebration cakes.

I have actually shared this recipe before as the topping of my millionaires’ cupcakes (chocolate cupcakes with a hidden caramel and shortbread centre, topped with caramel buttercream and sprinkled with a little extra shortbread). However, I decided that it deserved a post in its own right so that it’s really easy for you all to find when you need it.

Easy to make delicious caramel buttercream in just a few minutes. Perfect for topping cupcakes, layer cakes or special celebration cakes.

Caramel Buttercream

Active Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Makes enough icing for 9 cupcakes or to cover and fill a 7″ (17.5cm) round layer cake.

You can find the recipe for the caramel cupcakes hiding under the caramel buttercream here.

Ingredients

  • 150g butter (soft at room temperature)
  • 150g icing sugar
  • 150g caramel sauce (you can use ready made or make your own using my recipe – you’ll need 1 batch).

Method

NOTE – If you’re making your own caramel sauce then make this first and leave it in the fridge to cool completely before using it for your buttercream.

  1. Cut the butter (150g) into cubes and then beat it (by hand or with an electric mixer on a low speed) until soft.
  2. Beat in the icing sugar (150g) (I do this a tablespoon at a time to avoid it flying everywhere and covering my kitchen).
  3. Once the butter and icing sugar are fully combined, beat in the caramel sauce (150g).


A few extra tips…

  • Make sure your butter is soft (but not melted) before you start. I take mine out of the fridge a couple of hours before I want to make buttercream or I find that my buttercream can end up a little bit lumpy.
  • If you want your buttercream really smooth then make sure you keep your mixer on a low speed. It’s tempting to turn the speed up to get it made quicker, but I find that this adds little air bubbles.
  • If your buttercream starts to get a little soft then pop it into the fridge for 10-15 minutes to firm up a little before using it.

Easy to make delicious caramel buttercream in just a few minutes. Perfect for topping cupcakes, layer cakes or special celebration cakes.

How to make salted caramel buttercream

If you’re a fan of salted caramel then this buttercream can be easily adapted by simply mixing in a little ground rock salt. I find that everyone I meet likes a different level of salt (as I didn’t each much when I was little I notice if only a small amount is added). To get it just right I’d suggest adding a few twists at a time, beating it in to make sure it’s evenly distributed, have a little taste and add some more if you think it’s needed.

If you’re piping the buttercream you should be fine with a large nozzle, but may have trouble with the salt crystals causing blockages in a smaller nozzle.

Easy to make delicious caramel buttercream in just a few minutes. Perfect for topping cupcakes, layer cakes or special celebration cakes.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 273 kcal (17.7%), Fat: 17.7g (25%), Saturated Fat: 11.2g (56%), Carbohydrates: 28.1g (11%), Sugar: 28.0g (31%), Fibre: 0.0g (0%), Protein: 0.3g (1%), Salt: 0.0g (0%)

This is the estimated nutritional information per serving (assuming this serves 9). Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.

Free From/Suitable For…

  • Suitable for Vegetarians
  • Corn-Free
  • Egg-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Nut-Free
  • Soy-Free

The ingredients for this recipe are commonly available free from all these allergens. However, please ensure you double-check allergen information for all ingredients.

Easy to make delicious caramel buttercream in just a few minutes. Perfect for topping cupcakes, layer cakes or special celebration cakes.


I’m sharing this with the following blog challenge… #CookBlogShare with Sneaky Veg.

15 Comments:

  1. I can’t get to the shops quick enough to try this!!! I absolutely adore salted caramel buttercream!

    Do you use standard unsalted butter? What about Stalk – should I steer clear of this? I do so little baking, I’m not even sure what the difference is really!

    • Yep, just standard unsalted butter at room temperature. Personally I don’t use stork for buttercream (although I do in cake) as it’s very soft so the buttercream can end up a bit too loose and won’t hold its shape as well, and most importantly I much prefer the favour of real butter for buttercream – there’s nothing I’ve found yet the can match it.

    • Can you post this using non-metric measuremants or do you have a conversion chart?

      • I don’t have a conversion chart at the moment but I am working on one as I’ve had a few requests. Hopefully it’ll be ready soon.

  2. Oooo this looks amazing. I’m pregnant so my real healthy eating starts in march and, having not drank for so long, I think I deserve some caramel butter cream don’t you? 😉

  3. Staging a rebellion is good! Can’t think of a better way to start a new year than caramel buttercream (with or without salt). Yum….. and all the best for 2017! x

  4. This sounds really delicious especially the salted caramel version. I love your piping too, that’s definitely something I need to work on. Thanks for linking up with #CookBlogShare

  5. Mmmmm yummy! These cupcakes with the caramel buttercream sound delicious, I love anything caramel based. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

    • I’ve just published the recipe for the caramel cupcakes hidden underneath that buttercream, I suspect you’ll like the look of those too 🙂

  6. I have made this today and it tasted devine! Although the butter cream didnt look as smooth as yours but instead mine looked a little bitty. Even though I kept the wisk at the lowest speed.

    But still excellent! Im adding this to my recipes book

  7. What’s the best butter to use for frosting thanks in advance

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