Prep Time
5 Mins
Chill Time
35 Mins
Cook Time
5 Mins



How to Make It

Step 1

Melt brown sugar and 4 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil over medium heat; remove from heat. Whisk in cream; blend well. Transfer to a heat-resistant bowl. Cool at room temperature, stirring occasionally.

Step 2

Place remaining 6 tablespoons butter and cream cheese in a large bowl; beat with a mixer on medium-high speed until smooth. Beat in vanilla and salt. With mixer running, slowly pour in cooled brown sugar mixture; beat until smooth. Add powdered sugar gradually, beating well after each addition until completely smooth. Chill slightly for a firmer texture, stirring occasionally.

Ratings & Reviews

barbarafeltch08's Review

February 15, 2012

m0rgyn's Review

August 17, 2014
I read the previous reviews and made a few changes based on them (and based on lack of attention to detail), resulting in a delicious, fluffy, subtle caramel icing. I accidentally bought thickened cream instead of whipping cream and I put all the butter in with the brown sugar. I boiled the caramel for longer than recommended as I thought that might help with the thickening and give more flavour, which it did seem to do :)

charoulli's Review

February 10, 2013
Great tasting! Not too sweet, not too thick. It is a bit on the thinner side because you have to refrigerate the cake this recipe pairs with. I didn't mind at all. Love the caramel. Thinking of using the caramel as a syrup for a plain cake.

worshipchick12's Review

September 01, 2012

osequin's Review

May 20, 2013
This recipe was delicious don't get me wrong but the caramel flavor unfortunately didn't come through for me. It just tasted like cream cheese frosting which isn't a bad thing. It was also pretty thin and I had to refrigerate it completely to get it firm enough.

LHartland's Review

September 06, 2011
really yummy, but came out a little thinner than i'd like, so i had to add more powdered sugar and chill for awhile. also, a little time intensive (mainly b/c you have to wait for the brown sugar mixture to cool).

Tammay's Review

September 28, 2013