Caramel Frosting Help

Baking By Acjohnson Updated 10 Jan 2011 , 8:54pm by Acjohnson

Acjohnson Posted 8 Jan 2011 , 2:25pm
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I looked up and attempted 2 recipes on this site and they both do not resemble the smooth airy texture I am looking for.
Does anyone use caramel ice cream topping an add to buttercream? I think I may try this next.

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Loucinda Posted 8 Jan 2011 , 3:32pm
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I use sugarshack's recipe, and to get caramel, I use caramel flavored coffee creamer for the liquid.

I am sure adding the caramel ice cream topping into it would work too. Just make sure it is a good kind (Mrs. Richardson's is great).

cupadeecakes Posted 8 Jan 2011 , 4:07pm
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I have never had much luck with a caramel icing that was light and fluffy. I do like to use Nestle's canned Dulche de Leche.

I find in the Latin food section of the grocery store. It makes an excellent filling by itself, but I can also use it to whip into my regular buttercream. It's very yummy, but also harder to work with.

birdlady9771 Posted 8 Jan 2011 , 6:18pm
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I use my regular buttercream recipe (butter, ps & vanilla) and add a jar of good quality caramel ice cream topping. If it seems too thin, just thicken up with more ps. Tastes great!

KJ62798 Posted 8 Jan 2011 , 6:41pm
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I will second Jennifer's vote for Dulce de Leche. I use a can of it with a single batch of Indy Debi's BC and then add enough PS to get the consistency I like.

Super yummy & a huge hit every time I use it.

I get the Dulce de Leche in the hispanic foods section of Walmart. I keep a stockpile since I use it so often for BC.


Acjohnson Posted 8 Jan 2011 , 9:56pm
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Thanks for the great suggestions! I found a recipe using light brown sugar I am going to try that before I head to the store and try something you all suggested.

cheatize Posted 8 Jan 2011 , 11:12pm
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I watching Caprial and John on PBS last night and she make a caramel ganache that might work for you. The show said the recipe would be on their site, but I don't see it:

She put sugar in a large skillet, added water, let it sit (unstirred) to boil until the bubbles covered the entire surface of the pan/sugar. Then she occasionally swirled the pan until the sugar was a darkish caramel color. After that, she added 1 cup of cream, and swirled it again. When it was all incorporated, she took it off the heat to cool. Once cooled, she said to add 3 more cups of cream and whip it to consistency.

I don't recall the amount of sugar or water.

cheatize Posted 8 Jan 2011 , 11:23pm
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playingwithsugar Posted 8 Jan 2011 , 11:37pm
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I also use the dulce de leche with smbc. I prefer it to the caramel ice cream topping because I do not want the flavor of the frosting to overwhelm the flavor of the cake, when I make my reverse turtle cake.

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Acjohnson Posted 8 Jan 2011 , 11:43pm
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Looks I will be trying Nestle's canned Dulche de Leche next. The other recipe was more of a filling which I will use but still not like fluffy buttercream.

playingwithsugar Posted 8 Jan 2011 , 11:48pm
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If you can't find it in your stores, you can make it very easily in the microwave.

Do a google for the phrase

microwave dulce de leche

there are different methods, so pick the one you're most comfortable with.

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Acjohnson Posted 9 Jan 2011 , 3:29am
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So I left the last recipe out for a bit before tossing it, for some odd reason I decided to whip it again with the mixer and viola, great texture and it's pipeable (if that's even a word)!!
The next test is how will it turn out once refrigerated.

lacey88 Posted 10 Jan 2011 , 8:33pm
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i love this recipe. very light and fluffy!

All4Show Posted 10 Jan 2011 , 8:41pm
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I just made some caramel machiatto cupcake and topped them with DH caramel frosting that had 4 C. prewhipped Bettercream folded into it . Yummy!

Acjohnson Posted 10 Jan 2011 , 8:54pm
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Originally Posted by All4Show

I just made some caramel machiatto cupcake and topped them with DH caramel frosting that had 4 C. prewhipped Bettercream folded into it . Yummy!


I just found a caramel syrup in the coffee isle at Walmart. I'm all for experimenting until I get what I am looking for!

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