Lee's Caramel Frosting

Yesterday, I shared the Ozark Apple Cake with you.  The original recipe called for pouring a caramel sauce over the cake.  As usual, I didn't have all the ingredients for any of the caramel sauce recipes I researched, nor did I have the time or inclination to run to the store to get them. Wracking my brain for something else to go on the cake, I remembered this recipe for Lee's Caramel Frosting.

Lee was my mother-in-law and she was an amazing cook.  I'm sad that I didn't take more time recording the recipes she knew by heart before she passed away five years ago. This was one of the recipes I was fortunate enough to have written down.

Here's what you need:
butter, brown sugar, milk, and powdered sugar
Here's how you make it:
Put butter and brown sugar in saucepan.
Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes.
Stir in milk and bring to a boil again.
Cool for 10 minutes. Add 2 cups powdered sugar and beat with mixer until smooth and dreamy, I mean creamy.
The result is something just short of heaven. You will love this frosting...clearly it loves you already. See the heart swirled into it? That's for you, my friend. (I promise I didn't swirl this with my finger.)

Pour the frosting on cake and spread around. Lick your spatula when no one is looking. ;-)
Lee's Caramel Frosting

1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 cups powdered sugar

Melt butter and brown sugar together. Boil for two minutes. Carefully stir in the milk. Bring to a boil again. Remove from burner and cool for 10 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and beat with mixer.
This frosting is my father-in-law's favorite, especially if it's spread on a yellow or white cake. It's the cake he requests for his birthday every year. I'm glad I tried the frosting on the Ozark Apple Cake.  For such a basic recipe, it takes this delicious cake to a whole new level of decadence. Enjoy!

P.S. For those of you who guessed Sleepless in Seattle for the movie title yesterday, you were absolutely right. The line was delivered by the main character, Sam Baldwin, when he was describing his late wife to their son who was starting to forget his mother. Such a sweet moment in one of my favorite movies.


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37 comments:

  1. Looks like a delicious frosting! I really love that red plate that the cake is displayed on.

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  2. Oh, that looks divine!! Will have to add this to my recipe box!! :)

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  3. My husband's not a huge chocolate fan (crazy, I know), but he DOES love caramel. I'm going to have to give this a try for him sometime. It looks fatastic!

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  4. My husband came over as I was reading this and said..what is that? are you going to make that for me? :) I guess I am now! I love that this recipe is your MIL's. That just makes it much more special. I am going to make this with the apple cake this weekend! Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs, Angie

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  5. That sounds absolutely delicious. I'd love to put that on a coffee/chocolate cupcake.

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  6. This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing and for the great tutorial! I can't wait to give this a try!


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  7. This looks so delicious!! Nothing is better than caramel. My hubby will love this recipe. Thank you so much for linking up to my first party, sweet friend. :)

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  8. Just when you think the Ozark Cake couldn't get any better, you top it with this fabulous frosting!

    Yum!

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  9. Looks so simple and delicious. Thanks for sharing! I will have to check out your recipe for Ozark Apple Cake.

    Julie from Stlavonlady – Scatterbrained In St. Louis

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  10. I'm here from Mix it up Monday. Couldn't resist seeing how this is made and your pics and instructions look easy to follow. Thanks for sharing, glad to have found you.

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  11. Oh MAN, I can even smell it!! I am sure that if I were stuck on a desert island, all I would need for sustenance would be this frosting...

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  12. Yum - this frosting looks so good! I am a follower of your blog and would love if you could hop over to my blog (http://sarahsaturdiy.blogspot.com/) and share the blog love. Have a happy Monday!

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  13. Hi Nichi! I bet this frosting is AMAZING! I will have to try it one day. Pinned. Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays! :)

    Julie

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  14. MmM, looks devine!! Pinning this one for keeps ;)

    - Fotini

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  15. holy yum. must try this.

    hope you'll stop by soon.

    michele

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  16. Sounds delicous... You pretty much had be at the word caramel to be honest. Definitely adding this to my list of things to test at The PinteTest Kitchen!

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  17. Yum...apple cake AND a great frosting. I just love CARAMEL anything.
    Over from Cozy....

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  18. OMG I make the same icing, however I add 1 teas. pure vanilla to it...Never had it on apple cake, I bet it would be great....I usually use it with a chocolate cake.

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  19. Delicious! And how special that it's a handed down recipe from your mother in law! We'd love for you to link this up at our party! http://housewivesofriverton.blogspot.com/2012/09/riverton-housewives-round-up-32.html

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  20. This sounds delicious! I bet I could use it to make pumpkin muffins into pumpkin cupcakes. I'm pinning it.

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  21. Nici, Caramel frosting is such a wonderful frosting for fall, it always makes me feel warm and cozy. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  22. This icing looks like something I would eat on its own-- who needs the cake? How nice that the recipe carries special memories of your mother-in-law. THanks for sharing it with all of us!

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  23. I think that's called "gilding the lilly!" Am definitely adding that one to my recipe notebook! Thank you for sharing it at the Tuesday To Do Party!
    Smiles!
    Jami
    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

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  24. My mouth is watering. Caramel is probably the best of all flavors (next to vanilla). What a treasure to have a recipe from someone so special. I wish I had some of my grandmother's recipes. She was such a wonderful cook. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Is it bad that I want to put this frosting on everything I eat today?! YUM!!

    Thank you so much for linking up with us at Keep Calm & Link Up this week! We love getting to see your new projects and ideas each week! Have an awesome weekend!! :)

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  26. That looks so delicious!
    I really need to try that recipe for sure.
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  27. I don't think I've ever had caramel frosting. I need to try this! Thank you so much for sharing this at All my Bloggy Friends last week. I can't wait to see what you share tomorrow! :)

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  28. You may have not swirled your finger in the frosting to create the heart, but if that frosting was in my house I would be dipping my spoon and my finger in that bowl!!! it sounds incredible!!!!

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  29. Oh my goodness, caramel frosting! Sounds so delicious. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday. Hope to see you tomorrow.

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  30. Yummy!! This looks terrific...caramel is one of my favorite toppings. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you link up again this week. The party will be live tonight. http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

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    Thanks, Nichi

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  31. This frosting looks delicious. It does look dreamy. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week.
    Have a great week.
    Debi

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  32. I am thinking of all kinds of things to frost with this yummy caramel frosting!

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  33. This looks divine! Heavenly even! Cannot wait to try it!
    Thanks for the recipe!
    Rebecca
    www.heronscrafts.blogspot.com

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  34. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for joining me at HSH!
    Sherry

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  35. Wow! I must try this, it looks amazing!! I am featuring this recipe at tonight's Back For Seconds Social. Congratulations!!

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  36. Thank you for the recipe! I just made a chocolate bundt cake and frosted it with the caramel frosting and it was a hit at the birthday party :) So easy and yummy.

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