Homemade Old Fashioned Caramel Icing

September 11, 2018
Well, hello friends! Today is a rainy day here in North Texas and I am not complaining. Anytime Texas gets rain is a good day, except if you are making homemade candy or frosting. If I had been making my Old Fashioned Caramel Icing today the humidity might just have made it take a tad bit longer to set up and I might have had to add powdered sugar to it too. Good news is that I made the homemade cocoa cake last week and the frosting too.

As you can see by this photo this is a great, creamy, easy to spread homemade caramel icing recipe. This is an adaptation from the recipe which I found on Food Network, I changed out the regular milk for evaporated milk and added a splash more vanilla. I really am so happy with the results. Before we proceed any further with this recipe though, there are a few Kitchen utensils that you will need.

One you will need a cast iron skillet and candy thermometer for this recipe. You will find other recipes that will give you different ingredients and methods for making homemade Caramel Icing. But this recipe truly works. There is no water added or lemon juice. Stick to these ingredients and method and you will be successful.

Two you need two silicone spatulas or silicone spoons.

Three You will have to stir the icing over medium heat for longer than you want to.

If you are still with me whoohoo! If you are not, I totally understand. Just go to the store and buy a can of Caramel icing and enjoy!

So here we go!

Photos first followed with Caramel Icing recipe. If you have any questions please shoot me an email and I will clarify anything that I have not included in the printable recipe.

1 cup of sugar in cast iron skillet to begin caramelizing.

Did you know that there is a science behind making caramel? Yep! Read all about it right here in Fine Cooking.

White sugar is transforming.

White sugar has melted and NOT scorched! Key is to keep stirring over a moderate heat with a silicone spatula.

To see a short video of how I made Caramel frosting visit my Instagram account and click on Stories.

Thank you for joining me today and I truly hope that you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do. You know it would be so tasty on an apple cake too, especially if you have fresh apples from the Farmers Market or from your own apple Orchard!

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  1. Hmm, is a silicone spatula to keep stirring with why mine overcooks now? Or probably I'm not paying enough attention to the color it takes on and cook it way too long? I'll get my nerve up to try it again because it's fall and fall is caramel, right?

    Your pictures are beautiful, Jemma! Thanks for the recipe!


  2. Oh my goodness, this caramel icing looks good. I love caramel, especially around the Fall season when making caramel apples and such. Your cast iron skillet brought a smile to my face, as it reminds me of the old skillets our moms used to use. This looks like a work of art, Jemma, and the sweet love birds add a special touch. Your photos step-by-step are wonderful. What a Yummy cake.


  3. Hi Jemma! Love how your sweet cake turned out!!! Caramel is sooo good on cake, cookies, ice cream... Have I left anything out that it isn't good on?? Lol! Happily pinned to my Yummy! board. <3 Love your new logo!!!

    Barb :)

  4. Good morning my sweet! I just saw your newsletter pop in my email and I thought I'd also check in to see if you had posted a new post, and sure enough you did. I seemed to miss it in all the rush of my mornings! WHAT A GOOEY and wonderful recipe, a spoon-lickin' goodie to remember! Oh how I long to make a cake...

  5. I love caramel of any sorts. Thanks for the recipe Jemma. Hope you are doing well my friend. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  6. Hi Jemma ~ this looks absolutely delicious but I have to pass on desserts like this because I've cut processed sugar out of my diet again. I'll let you go ahead and eat a piece of cake for me! :-) Hope all is well with you.

  7. Very good pictures and tutorial on this recipe …

    I liked the look of the Old Fashioned Cocoa Cake in a previous post.

    Happy Autumn Days …

    All the best Jan


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