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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Salted Caramel Sauce


Doesn’t it look tempting?! A big jar of gooey goodness and the uses for this jar of amber deliciousness is endless! Keep you eyes peeled over the next few days for a post about salted caramel cupcakes which involves using it to make buttercream frosting. You can drizzle it over ice cream, brownies or biscuits or then again you could try dunking apples in it – perfect for Halloween (check out this post from Pioneer Woman for inspiration)!

1 cup white sugar
30 grams butter, chopped into cubes
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup of cream (room temperature)
1 teaspoon flaky sea salt


Place the sugar in the bottom of a medium-large saucepan and head over a medium-high heat, whisking it until it begins to melt. Don’t worry when it starts to form clumps, these will dissolve.
Once all the sugar has melted and you are left with a clear liquid you can stop whisking and start swirling the pan occasionally while the sugar cooks.
When the sugar has reached a deep amber colour (a reddish brown) it is ready, the best way to be sure of the readiness is to use a a candy or instant read thermometer, your caramel will be 175°C when it is ready. Caramel can go from perfection to burnt in a matter of seconds so it is important that you keep an eye on things. It is at this point you can add the butter and whisk to combine it with the sugar. It will bubble up but keep whisking.
Remove your pan from the heat and pour in the cream, again it will bubble up but you need to keep whisking to ensure it is incorporated and you end up with a nice smooth sauce.
Sprinkle over your flaky sea salt and stir.
Set aside to cool for at least 15 minutes and place in a jar. Cool completely to room temperature before storing in the fridge. It will keep for about two weeks.

Salted Caramel Sauce


  1. OMG this looks amazing.. will have to give this one a go!!

    x Laura

  2. I made this, but it tasted a little bitter.. is it because I overcooked the sugar? It didn't seem burnt but I don't have a candy thermometer so...

    1. Hi - yes, it is probably burnt. Sugar goes from caramelised to burnt in a matter of seconds.

  3. I made this (and the chocolate cupcakes- it was Devine!!!) I'm left with some remaining sauce which I want to use to bake something else- any suggestions?

    1. It is fab on ice cream! It will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks so you can keep treating yourself. Or you can inject it into plain chocolate cupcakes. You'll need to heat it up before hand for the right consistency. Glad you liked it - Courtenay x