Did you know today is National Caramel Day? To celebrate, we should all probably make this salted caramel frosting. It's easy enough to whip up on a weeknight and would be absolutely delicious on some cupcakes or brownies (go for the box mix!) — or, you know, just eaten straight with a spoon. No judgements here.
This recipe comes to us from Sally, the blogger behind Sally's Baking Addiction. She calls it her "new & improved" salted caramel frosting because she tweaked an older recipe on her site to make this version lighter and fluffier.
According to Sally, the key is in the order of when you add the heavy cream.
"First, we'll add some when we make the brown sugar caramel sauce. That's step 1. Then we'll add a little more when we're whipping the confectioners' sugar into the cooled brown sugar caramel sauce. That's step 2. The addition of liquid in step 2 changes the texture completely, but doesn't alter the taste at all. With this one minor change, this salted caramel frosting is completely revamped. How's that for a makeover?"
You don't even need a candy thermometer to make this five-ingredient — butter, brown sugar, heavy cream, salt, and powdered sugar — frosting! It does need to cool for about 30 minutes, but that gives you the time to get started on baking those cupcakes or brownies.
Now that's what I call a sweet way to end the day.
→ Get the Recipe: Salted Caramel Frosting from Sally's Baking Addiction