Salted caramel buttercream frosting is a decadent and delicious addition to any sweet baked creation. This sugar-free variation combines the sweetness of caramel with the savory taste of salt to create a perfect balance of flavors. This indulgent frosting is excellent for filling and frosting keto cakes, cupcakes, and even cookies.
What is Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting?
Salted caramel buttercream frosting is a rich, creamy frosting that combines the flavors of sweet caramel, rich butter, and salt. This frosting is perfect for topping cakes, cupcakes, and other baked goods and is a popular choice for many different occasions. This sugar-free version is super easy to make and can be customized with different ingredients to create a variety of flavors and textures.
Traditional sugary versions contain caramel sauce, but this simple sugar-free frosting has just two main ingredients: butter and sweetener. Salt flakes are an optional ingredient you can use if you really love salt. There are many different variations of salted caramel buttercream frosting (see below) that you can make depending on your personal preferences and the occasion. You can also adjust the frosting in terms of sweetness and saltiness to suit your individual taste.
Overall, buttercream frostings are delicious and versatile frostings that are sure to impress. With a little practice and experimentation, anyone can learn to make sugar-free buttercream frosting and use it to create beautiful and tasty baked goods that are healthier than their sugar-laden counterparts.
How to Make this Sugar-Free Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting
The key to making this Sugar-Free Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting is to start with a good sugar-free caramel base. This is best made from scratch using butter and natural sweetener, as commercial sugar-free caramel sauces are pretty inferior with their artificial sweeteners or stomach-upsetting sugar alcohols.
Once your sugar-free caramel sauce is ready, it’s whipped together with both salted and unsalted butter and natural sweetener to create a smooth, creamy frosting with a delicious caramel flavor and a hint of saltiness.
If you are adventurous and really love salt, you can sprinkle salt flakes on top of your frosted baked goods.
This recipe for a sugar-free version of salted caramel buttercream frosting is simple and easy to follow. It requires just a few ingredients, including both unsalted and salted butter, allulose, and salt flakes, such as Maldon. The frosting can be made in just a few minutes and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at how to make this scrumptious sugar-free frosting:
In a small saucepan, combine 2 oz (60 g) salted butter…
…and 2 tablespoons of allulose. Reserve altogether 2/3 cup (160 ml) allulose for the whole recipe and use 2 tablespoons of that to make the caramel in the saucepan with the butter.
Heat over high heat…
…all the time mixing…
…until the mixture is brown; don’t let burn, though. Remove immediately from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
In a deep and narrow mixing bowl, combine 2 oz (60 g) salted butter…
…1 stick (115 g) unsalted butter…
…and the rest (about 1/2 cup (120 ml)) allulose.
Beat until fluffy…
…about 5—10 minutes.
Add the browned butter and allulose mixture to the fluffy butter mixture. Don’t despair if your browned butter mixture looks ugly and lumpy; it will smoothen once you beat the frosting.
Beat for a couple of minutes…
…until well combined.
Pipe on your keto cupcakes…
…or use as filling and frosting on an 8-inch cake.
For more flavor and crunch, sprinkle the salt flakes on top of your frosted creations. Store the frosted goods in the fridge for up to 1 week.
How I Came up With this Sugar-Free Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting Recipe
This recipe idea is relatively new on my list of recipes. A few weeks ago, I started fancying buttercream frosting because I have been following a fiber-free carnivore diet for some time. My carnivore diet contains an ample amount of butter, so buttercream frosting felt like a perfect way to indulge in butter even more.
After all, I have posted quite many keto buttercream recipes here on my blog. However, as an avid butter enthusiast, there is always room for more delicious buttercream frosting recipes.
I was thinking of different flavors, and encouraged by my sugar-free caramel experiments with my ketoized traditional Finnish kissel recipe, I contemplated that caramel buttercream frosting would be the most inviting variation to make. Well, not any caramel buttercream frosting, but salted caramel buttercream frosting, as I love salt, too!
For the frosting, my plan was to cook the caramel first, like when making my Paahtokiisseli recipe. I would let the caramel cool down and then combine it with butter and beat until fluffy frosting, I thought.
I was planning to use salted butter for the frosting but thought it would make the frosting too salty. Therefore, I got the idea to use half salted butter and half unsalted butter to balance the saltiness.
Finally, I opted for some salt flakes to be sprinkled on top of my frosted goods. Sounded like a perfect plan!
After calculating the measures and choosing the ingredients, I was ready to conduct my first experiment.
I was a hole-in-one, so to say. Even though my caramel had turned lumpy while cooling, it mixed beautifully in the frosting, creating a smooth and velvety result. And, to be honest, I wouldn’t have minded delicious bits of caramel in my frosting in case the lumpy caramel hadn’t mixed in well.
The taste was to die for! Especially with the crunchy salt flakes sprinkled on top, the frosting tasted divine! Such fireworks of flavors and textures, all in a perfect balance. Moreover, the frosting was decadently rich, thanks to good old butter. So simple, so yum!
Here’s the recipe for you to enjoy:
- 1 stick = 4 oz = 115 g salted butter, softened
- 1 stick = 4 oz = 115 g unsalted butter, softened
- 2/3 cup = 160 ml (or to taste) allulose
- (1 tablespoon salt flakes)
- Take 2 oz (60 g) of the salted butter and 2 tablespoons of the allulose and place in a small saucepan.
- Heat over high heat, all the time mixing, until the mixture is brown; don't let burn, though.
- Remove immediately from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
- Combine the rest of the salted butter, all the unsalted butter, and the rest of the allulose in a deep and narrow mixing bowl.
- Beat until fluffy, about 5—10 minutes.
- Add the browned butter and allulose mixture to the fluffy butter mixture. Don’t despair if your mixture looks lumpy.
- Beat for a few minutes until well combined. Don’t overbeat, though.
- Pipe on your cupcakes or use as filling and frosting on an 8-inch cake.
- If you are adventurous, sprinkle salt flakes on top of your frosted creations.
- Store the frosted goods in the fridge for up to 1 week.
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How to Make the Perfect Sugar-Free Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting
When making Sugar-Free Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting, it is important to follow the recipe closely to ensure that the frosting comes out perfectly. Here are a few tips to help you make the perfect frosting:
- Use room temperature ingredients. This will help the ingredients blend together more easily and create a smoother frosting.
- Whip the butter until it is light and fluffy. This will help create a lighter, fluffier frosting.
- Be sure the caramel is at room temperature. Adding too hot or warm caramel will result in a runny and dense frosting that is not fluffy.
- Adjust the consistency of the frosting by adding heavy cream by the tablespoon if you prefer softer frosting.
- Choose the right salt for your frosting. Use high-quality sea salt flakes (like Maldon). Avoid using table salt, as it can be too harsh and overpowering. The salt in the butter can be enough, so sprinkling salt on top of frosted baked goods can be off-putting for some. If you can, use salted butter with sea salt for a more subtle and elegant taste.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
While making Sugar-Free Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting, there are a few common mistakes to avoid:
- Adding too-warm or too-cold caramel. Cold caramel can make the frosting too stiff and lumpy, whereas warm caramel can make the frosting too runny and not fluffy.
- Not whipping the butter enough. This can result in a dense, heavy frosting.
- Using cold butter. This can make it difficult for the ingredients to blend together smoothly. You might end up with tiny butter pieces in your frosting, and although I love butter, I hate tiny pieces of butter in my frosting that should be smooth and fluffy.
- Overmixing the frosting. This can cause the butter to separate and the frosting to become grainy.
No worries, though, when you follow the instructions, you’ll end up with just a perfectly smooth and delicious frosting!
Different Ways to Use Sugar-Free Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting
Aside from using it to fill and frost cakes and cupcakes, there are many other ways to use this flavorful frosting. Here are some ideas:
- Use it as a filling for keto whoopies or shortbread cookies
- Spread it on keto toast or pancakes for a decadent breakfast treat
- Use it as a dip for berries and low-carb chocolate cookies
- Layer it with sliced strawberries or whole fresh raspberries and Vanilla Toffee Butter Cookies for a quick and easy dessert parfait
Using Different Sweeteners
In case you cannot get allulose, powdered erythritol is your next best bet. It won’t brown as nicely as allulose, but it’s undoubtedly a decent alternative. Other natural sweeteners are stevia and monk fruit. You need only a little of those, so please adjust the measures accordingly.
Chocolate Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting
For a chocolatey twist, simply add 2—3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder to the recipe. This will give your frosting a rich chocolate flavor that pairs perfectly with the salted caramel. If you want an even more intense chocolate flavor, you can also add 1/4 cup (60 ml) of melted extra dark chocolate to the frosting. Make sure the melted chocolate is at room temperature to avoid runny frosting.
Boozy Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting
For an adult version of this frosting, add 2 tablespoons of your favorite carb-free booze, such as bourbon, whiskey, cognac, or rum. This will give your frosting a boozy kick, perfect for special occasions. Be sure to add the alcohol slowly and taste as you go to avoid overpowering the caramel flavor.
Salted Caramel and Coffee Buttercream Frosting
For a delicious, creamy caramel coffee experience, add 1 teaspoon of instant coffee granules (caffeinated or decaffeinated) to your frosting before beating it fluffy. Alternatively, you can add 1 shot of room-temperature espresso to the ready frosting and beat until fluffy. Never use hot coffee for your buttercream frosting!
Hot and Spicy Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting
For those who love a little heat, add a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper or a few dashes of hot sauce to the recipe. This will give your frosting a spicy kick that pairs well with the sweetness of the caramel. Be sure to add the spice slowly and taste as you go to avoid making the frosting too spicy and pungent.
Autumnal Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting
Add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger for a warm, cozy flavor. My all-time favorite seasoning, pumpkin pie spice, is surely a perfect match with salted caramel and rich buttery frosting and will cause numerous oohs and aahs among your fall-time guests.
Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting
For a nutty twist, add 1/2 cup (120 ml) of creamy peanut butter to the recipe. This will give your frosting a rich peanut butter flavor that pairs perfectly with the salted caramel. Be sure to use creamy peanut butter to avoid any chunks in your frosting, especially if you are going to pipe the frosting.
Vegan Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting
For a vegan version of this frosting, simply substitute the butter for room-temperature extra-virgin coconut oil (preferably butter-flavored) and also use coconut oil to make dairy-free salted caramel.
Overall, there are many ways to customize this delicious Sugar-Free Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting to your liking. Whether you want a chocolatey twist or a boozy kick, these variations will impress. Just be sure to taste as you go and adjust the ingredients accordingly to achieve the perfect flavor.
This week, I have been traveling to Warsaw, Poland. That means I created this recipe and took the photos already a couple of weeks ago. I’m staying in a nice hotel with a pool and a large lounge, where I spend time working.
The breakfast is nicely varied, and it’s easy to find carnivore food (no beef, though, but lots of eggs, pork, different sausages, and cold cuts). The lounge offerings are not so carnivore-friendly, so I bought some animal-based stuff from the nearest supermarket.
The Polish śmietanka is like double cream, and it’s not sour. In Finland, from very fatty dairy products, we only have smetana, which is sour; it’s like very thick sour cream. Well, I do like any kind of dairy cream, so the Polish śmietanka also tasted really good.
Today we are celebrating Easter. I prepared lots of stuff for my son for his Easter egg hunt. I also bought plenty of chocolate from Poland, which I hid inside large cardboard eggshells. My mom is also visiting and she will get her share of the chocolate treats as well. I might taste some chocolate, too, yum!
Happy Easter to those who are celebrating!