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Quick Caramel Frosting

Total time 20 mins
Yield Makes 5 cups
Like the classic caramel frosting, this one hardens quickly, so cool the cake layers before you start to make it. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

How to Make It

  1. Bring first 3 ingredients to a rolling boil in a 3 1/2-qt. saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly (about 7 minutes).

  2. Stir in cream, and bring to a boil; remove from heat. Pour into bowl of a heavy-duty electric stand mixer. Gradually beat in powdered sugar and vanilla at medium speed, using whisk attachment; beat 8 to 12 minutes or until thickened. Use immediately.

  3. Test Kitchen Tip: Don't panic if you overbeat the frosting. Thin to a spreadable consistency by adding 1 to 2 tsp. hot water.