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Old Fashioned Caramel Icing

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Old Fashioned Caramel Icing is the most delicious icing for cake, muffins, donuts, and cinnamon rolls. This icing was passed on to me from my mother and it’s a staple for my kitchen!

THIS recipe is my most made icing recipe EVER.

The caramel frosting drizzling off a spoon into a jar.

Brown Sugar Icing

My favorite EVER icing recipe is now on the blog! If you’ve never made this brown sugar icing you are missing out!

This recipe was a constant in our home when I was growing up. My mother made it a billion times (at least!) – for topping cinnamon rolls and banana cake. Now I’ve used it for a handful of recipes on the blog and decided it was time for it to have it’s own recipe here.

We love this recipe for so many reasons – but mostly for the undeniable mouth-watering taste. It’s simple to make and makes everything taste better. Trust me!

Overhead shot of a jar of the brown sugar icing.

Ingredients Used:

Just five simple ingredients to the BEST caramel icing!

  • Unsalted Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Milk – I used 2% milk but any will do fine.
  • Powdered Sugar – I highly recommend sifting your powdered sugar for a smoother texture.
  • Vanilla Extract
The ingredients on a white background, labeled.

How to make Old Fashioned Caramel Icing:

Step 1
Melt butter and brown sugar. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and brown sugar together until smooth.

Step 2
Add milk. Add the milk and bring to a simmer.

Step 3
Add powdered sugared and vanilla. Remove the pan from the heat and add the powdered sugar and vanilla and stir until well combined.

Let the icing sit for a bit to set up. If it gets too firm, add a few drops of milk. If it’s too thick, add a little more powdered sugar. Adjust the icing to your preference!

Step 4
Use icing. Use this icing in all the things. Us it for cakes, cupcakes, rolls, muffins, and quick breads. We love it on banana baked goods especially!

A hand holding a spoon into the jar of icing.

How to use this caramel icing:

Recipe FAQs

How do you make smooth caramel icing?

I recommend sifting your powdered sugar to get a super smooth consistency.

How do you get the correct consistency for icing?

In order to get the correct consistency, carefully measure your ingredients. If the icing is too thick, add a few drops of milk and stir again. If it’s too thin, add a little bit of powdered sugar.

How do you store caramel icing?

You can store the icing on your countertop for a few days. If you need to store for longer, I recommend storing it in the refrigerator.

Side view of a jar of caramel icing.

xoxo ~Sue

Closeup on a spoon of frosting drizzling into a jar.

Old Fashioned Caramel Icing

Old Fashioned Caramel Icing is the most delicious icing for cake, muffins, donuts, and cinnamon rolls. This icing was passed on to me from my mother and it's a staple for my kitchen!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 1/2 cup servings
Calories: 660kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Melt butter and brown sugar. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and brown sugar together until smooth.
  • Add milk. Add the milk and bring to a simmer.
  • Add powdered sugared and vanilla. Remove the pan from the heat and add the powdered sugar and vanilla and stir until well combined.
  • Use icing. Use this icing in all the things. Us it for cakes, cupcakes, rolls, muffins, and quick breads. We love it on banana baked goods especially!

Notes

Let the icing sit for a bit to set up. If it gets too firm, add a few drops of milk. If it’s too thick, add a little more powdered sugar. Adjust the icing to your preference!

Nutrition

Calories: 660kcal | Carbohydrates: 115g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 115mg | Sugar: 113g | Vitamin A: 748IU | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1mg
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