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Caramel Drizzle Recipe

This past week I wanted to recreate a salted caramel drip cake I made a few years ago. This meant I needed to make a batch of my caramel drizzle recipe!!

I use this caramel drizzle recipe to make my caramel frosting and caramel drips on my cakes! It’s super versatile and can be used in so many different ways.

salted caramel drip cake photo

In fact, it’s so versatile I actually struggled naming this post! I usually use this recipe for adding caramel drips to cakes but the options are really limitless.

I decided to stick with caramel drizzle to let all of you to get creative with how you use it.

Homemade caramel sauce tastes infinitely better than store-bought caramel and keeps in the fridge for several weeks.

Making Caramel Drizzle From Scratch

I know that making caramel sauce from scratch can seem intimidating if you’ve never tried it before. When I was a kid, I remember seeing caramel made in giant copper kettles at candy stores.

I was convinced it was some complicated process that must require all kinds of special equipment. But the truth of the matter is it doesn’t have to be complicated.

image of snickers trifles made in individual glasses to make them easy to serve and eat

My caramel drizzle recipe can be made without a thermometer with just four ingredients. A batch comes together in about 5 minutes. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Simple, 4-Ingredient Recipe

All you need is granulated sugar, butter, heavy cream and a bit of salt. I love that this recipe is made with such simple ingredients. 

If you’ve ever looked at the label of “caramel sauce” at the store, you know how many random ingredients it’s made with.

While store-bought caramel needs additives and artificial flavorings to be shelf stable and taste good, this caramel drizzle doesn’t!

Its incredible flavor comes from the deliciously caramelized sugar and the richness of the butter and cream. 

image of a caramel cupcake decorate with a caramel drizzle

Pro Tip: Add The Sugar Gradually!!

The only part about this caramel drizzle recipe that can be a little scary is melting down the sugar.

My biggest tip when doing this is to add the sugar in gradually. I add about a quarter of a cup at a time.

This helps the sugar liquify more quickly and reduces the risk of big clumps forming. It makes a world of a difference.

I didn’t know to do that when I first started making caramel and I used to just dump it all in at once.

The caramel will still turn out if you add all the sugar at once, but it takes a lot longer to melt down and is less smooth.

Caramel Drizzle Substitutions

While this caramel drizzle recipe doesn’t use a ton of ingredients, you might not have all of them on hand. Or if you have food allergies or restrictions, I’ve got you covered.

Below are some swaps and substitutions that you can make:

  • Granulated Sugar – I do not recommend reducing the amount of sugar or changing the type of sugar, as it will change the flavor of the caramel.
  • Unsalted Butter – If you only have salted butter on hand you can use it in place of the unsalted butter. Just be sure to omit the salt that this recipe calls for. You can also use vegan butter in its place!
  • Heavy Cream – To make vegan caramel sauce use coconut milk in place of the heavy cream in this recipe.
  • Salt – I love adding in a bit of salt to balance the sweetness of this caramel and enhance its flavor but you can omit it if needed.

Enjoying This Caramel Drizzle

This caramel drizzle is the perfect thickness for drizzling over ice cream, adding caramel drips to a cake, or even filling cakes and cupcakes!

I use this caramel recipe to make my salted caramel frosting and it’s one of my favorite flavors.

image of caramel buttercream made with a caramel drizzle recipe

Let Me Know What You Think!

If you try this caramel drizzle recipe, please let me know what you think of it by leaving a rating and comment below.

You can also tag me on social media @chelsweets, and use #chelsweets.

image of snickers drip cake with both a caramel and chocolate drip decoration

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Yield: 1.5 cups

Caramel Drizzle Recipe

salted caramel drip cake photo

This caramel drizzle recipe can be used to flavor frosting, decorate a cake or cupcakes, or even drizzled over ice cream! It's the perfect additional to any dessert.

Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams)
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature (85 grams)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, room temperature (60 grams)
  • 1/4 tsp table salt (2 grams)


  1. Place a medium sauce-pan over medium heat.
  2. Pour in 1 cup sugar gradually, adding 1/4 cup at a time. Wait until the sugar is mostly dissolved, then add in the next bit of sugar.
  3. As the sugar melts it will gradually deepen in color.
  4. Stir occasionally until the sugar is fully dissolved and has become an amber color, then turn off the heat.
  5. Slowly mix in 6 Tbsp of butter (2 Tbsp at a time) then stir in 1/4 cup of heavy cream and 1/4 tsp salt. The mixture will be thin but will thicken as it cools.
  6. Pour into a separate container, then place in fridge to cool and/or store. When you're ready to use it, heat the caramel in the microwave in short 15 second intervals until it's a more workable consistency.


This recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups of caramel.

I like to pour my caramel in a squirt bottle (for drizzling over cakes) but you can also store it an airtight container like a mason jar or Tupperware container.

This caramel sauce keeps for up a month in the fridge.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 813Total Fat 91gSaturated Fat 57gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 29gCholesterol 250mgSodium 607mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 2g

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Sunday 9th of January 2022

[…] then to really take things to the next level, it’s drizzled with homemade caramel sauce. It’s truly a match made in heaven. I swear I could eat the filling from this cake on its own […]


Wednesday 24th of November 2021

Success!!! At first the cream seemed to split a bit when I added it (may have been a touch too cold still, despite sitting out) but I put the heat back on low and whisked the heck out of it and it came together. Tastes exactly like a Werthers candy, and worked on the first try! Thank you!


Sunday 7th of November 2021

This was the easiest and quickest caramel sauce i have ever made. Thank you, love it.


Tuesday 26th of October 2021

This recipe absolutely did not work for me. I tried it three times; the butter would not emulsify into the sugar, the sugar burned before it was fully melted, and it was just a mess. Do not like this method at all


Wednesday 29th of September 2021

Hey, can you sub the cream for milk?

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