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Salted Caramel Buttercream

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Apparently you all REALLY love salted caramel. My salted caramel cheesecake bars were shared almost 100 times on Facebook! I am just blown away at their popularity and decided I probably should keep with the trend and whipped up this salted caramel buttercream. You always need a reason for a good frosting, am I right? This specific recipe was made for some unbelievable cupcakes that will be making an appearance Monday!

salted caramel buttercream

Salted Caramel Buttercream

Salted Caramel Buttercream


  • 1/3 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup caramel sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, I use fleur de sel
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Combine the shortening and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk until fluffy.
  2. Slowly add in the caramel sauce, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Stir until fully combined.
  3. Add the heavy cream and turn your mixer on high for two minutes or until the buttercream is fluffy.
salted caramel buttercream recipe

The wonderful thing about this recipe is that you can use a homemade caramel sauce or you can pick up some in the ice cream aisle! If you do decide to go the premade route make sure you pick a sauce that is a little on the thicker side. Smuckers has a great salted caramel sauce that needs to be heated. It works to be about the same consistency needed to make this recipe work. Runny sauces will leave you with a runny mess.

Ready for a sneak peek at the cupcakes? Check these babies out…

salted caramel buttercream on an apple cupcake

Oh my dreamy. I don’t want to give too much away. Just know that yes there is salted caramel involved. It ALSO happens to be a cake mix hack. That’s right people, I used a cake mix! Truth be told… Sometimes that’s just the easier route. So prepare your taste buds for fall flavor overload!

Recipe adapted from Wilton

carol masters

Tuesday 7th of February 2017

For your salted caramel buttercream, Is it necessary to use the butter shortening? Can I just replace it with butter?

Vanessa Barker

Friday 26th of September 2014

This seriously looks fantastic. YUM


Friday 26th of September 2014

Oh, so yummy! Stumbled and pinned! :D

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