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Caramel Frosting

Yield Makes 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 (3-ounce) packages cream cheese, cut into cubes and softened
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 9 tablespoons butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

How to Make It

  1. Whisk together cream cheese and whipping cream in a small bowl until smooth. Set aside.

  2. Cook sugar and 2/3 cup water in a heavy 3 1/2-quart saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high, and bring mixture to a boil without stirring. Using a pastry brush dipped in hot water, brush down any sugar crystals on sides of pan. Cook, without stirring, 10 minutes or just until syrup turns a deep amber color.

  3. Whisk in butter gradually; gradually whisk in cream cheese mixture until smooth. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes, whisking occasionally.

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