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Fluffy Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting


Fluffy Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Fluffy Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting on Vanilla Cupcakes --- Large Photo

Photo of Fluffy Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting © Diana Rattray
This is a delicious frosting with a caramel flavor, and it's super easy to prepare. I used neufchatel, or "light" cream cheese in this recipe. This recipe is easily halved if you want to frost a small 1-layer cake, a loaf cake, or a dozen cupcakes.

This is a great frosting for a pumpkin cake or cupcakes, or use it to frost a spice cake or carrot cake. They're wonderful on chocolate cupcakes, too!

Take a look at a large photo of this frosting.

Yield: Makes 3 Cups of Frosting


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup purchased thick caramel sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar


Beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy. Add the caramel sauce and vanilla; beat until well blended. Add 3 1/2 cups of confectioners' sugar and beat on low speed until blended. Add more confectioners' sugar, if needed. Increase mixer speed and beat on high speed for 2 minutes.

Makes about 3 cups of frosting, enough tor 24 cupcakes or a 2-layer cake.

Shown on Vanilla Cupcakes.

Tips for Frosting:

  • Beat buttercream frosting for 10 minutes or longer for a super smooth and satiny texture.
  • If frosting is too thick to spread or pipe, thin with milk or cream, beating in about 1 teaspoon at a time until you get the desired consistency.
  • To create special effects without piping:
  • Swirl with a spoon to make waves and peaks.
  • Draw a small spatula or butter knife through the frosting in a zig zag pattern.
  • Smooth the frosting with a wet knife, then run a fork over the icing to make ridges.
  • Frost then drizzle with melted semisweet chocolate. Refrigerate until the drizzle sets.
  • Suggested cakes for this frosting:

    Pumpkin Layer Cake
    Pumpkin Cupcakes
    Carrot Cake, One-Layer
    Carrot Cake, 2 Loaves
    Gingerbread Cupcakes
    Apple Butter Cupcakes

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