Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

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If you've scrolled through our collection of cake recipes, you know that we have a thing for Cream Cheese Frosting!

This easy Caramel Cream Cheese frosting ranks right up at the top of my list of favorites, and when making fall cakes or cakes for caramel lovers, you just can't beat it! It's just SO good!


Easy Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting


What Cake Flavors Go With Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting?

This caramel cream cheese frosting would taste amazing with so many cakes, from Apple Spice Cake to Caramel Cake, banana cake, chocolate cake, and more!

Using Caramel Topping in the Frosting

Before trying the recipe, we wondered if the small amount of caramel topping that added to one of our favorite cream cheese frosting recipes would give us a strong enough caramel flavor-- we were so happy to find that it did!

It is such a time saver to be able to use caramel topping, and the results are fabulous. It has just the right amount of caramel flavoring- and is dangerously good!! Mmmmm...

In fact, we recently frosted our new Toffee Pecan Caramel Cake with it and the result was pure heaven. Ahhhhh. Toffee, pecan, and caramel. What could be better?

You must have this easy caramel frosting a try! You won't be disappointed. 

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Easy Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting


How to make EASY Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

  • This delicious caramel frosting is my favorite kind of recipe, the flavor is divine and nobody would ever guess how easy it is to make! It is silky smooth, easy to frost and pipe with, and has wonderful flavor!


  • In the bowl of your mixer, add the softened butter and cream cheese, mixing until well blended.


  • Slowly add the powdered sugar, caramel topping, salt & vanilla. Mix until creamy and smooth!


  • This luscious caramel cream cheese comes together in minutes. 


*Remember that Cream Cheese frostings should be refrigerated.

Also, cream cheese frostings are softer than your average buttercream frosting. If your frosting seems too soft to work with, chill for 5-10 minutes in the refrigerator (you could also add additional confectioners sugar). 


Easy Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Easy Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 2 sticks (226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 (8oz) (226g) package full fat cream cheese (Light or reduced fat cream cheese will be too soft for the recipe)
  • ½ teaspoon (3g) salt
  • 2 teaspoons (8g) vanilla extract
  • 6 cups (690g) powdered sugar (½ cup more if needed)
  • 3 Tablespoons (42g) caramel sauce ( we used Smucker's Caramel Topping)


  1. In the bowl of your mixer, add the softened butter and cream cheese, mix until smooth.  Do not mix above medium speed.
  2. Slowly add the powdered sugar along with the caramel topping, salt and vanilla.  Mix until the mixture is creamy and smooth. 
  3. Don't over mix or it may become too soft.  If it does become too soft, refrigerate for 10 minutes or so to firm it up to a consistency you like.  If you plan to do any piping, you may need to chill the piping bag occasionally, as warm hands soften the frosting.
  4. Refrigerate after frosting the cake.

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  1. I have attempted to make this frosting two times---I have tried to get the cream cheese from becoming lumpy---not mixing room temperature cream cheese with cooler ingredients, etc. Please advise me what to do AND is the mascarpone cheese to be at room temperature? I presumed it was supposed to be as was the cream cheese. Again, please advise me. I cannot figure out how to get the frosting smooth---I have even used a sieve. Thank you.

    1. Hi Lore, I'm so sorry that you are having this issue. You are right that the cream cheese would be softened-- if you are using mascarpone as well, that would be softened too (we have not tried this but I saw it referred to in the comments).

      I wonder if the lumps are bits of butter (assuming it isn't powdered sugar). If you make this again, I would try mixing the butter first until smooth, just to be on the safe side- then add the cream cheese and so on. I hope that you are able to salvage what you have made already.