Easy Salted Caramel Recipe


Salted caramel is my nirvana, it’s absolutely everything it’s cracked up to be. Caramel is my favourite sweet flavour, and I love salt, so this combination is perfection.

This delicious sauce is very on-trend at the moment and all over London like a rash. My fabulous Johannesburg foodie friend Julie Lindhiem very graciously shared this recipe with me. Julie has an impressive background in food creativity, starting and later selling the very popular ‘Wild Olive’ food store in Greenside. She now runs phenomenal cooking classes through the year out of her home in Parkhurst.

It’s easy to make and can be bottled in pretty jars as a gift, or can be stored for the making of future instant desserts or toppings.

It will not last long in my house.

I made this the other evening and we had it poured over a good quality vanilla ice-cream.

What you need to make: (you can extrapolate the quantities up or down, I made 2.5 x the recipe so as to utilise a full 250ml tub of cream)

Salted Caramel

This is my favourite salted caramel recipe. Itโ€™s easy to make and can be bottled in pretty jars as a gift, or can be stored for the making of future instant desserts or toppings.
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:20 minutes


  • 400 gm sugar
  • 165 gm butter
  • 250 ml cream
  • Maldon salt to taste


  • Heat the sugar in a heavy based pot (I like a high sided cast iron pan as it can get quite messy)
  • and as soon as the sugar has all dissolved, remove it from the heat and add the butter in parts whilst continuously whisking warning it is VERY hot – the butter will splatter quite a bit, just keep whisking and ensure that you do not touch this sauce.
  • Return the pot to the heat and add the cream immediately, still whisking vigorously.
  • When the sauce has become smooth and amalgamated (this happens quickly) remove it from the heat and add a good sprinkle of salt which dissolves.
  • Allow it to completely cool and stir in another good sprinkle of salt which remains in its granular form.


If you add the cream to the sugar too soon it may split. If this happens return it to the heat and continue heat ing and stirring vigorously and it should amalgamate to form a sauce.

I loved the little salty crunchy bursts through the very smooth and velvety sweet caramel. It totally amplified the flavour as it did to this incredible chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Spread onto shortbread, decorate a cupcake, combine with chocolate, drizzle over ice cream or simply dip your finger in it.


  1. YUM!

  2. Hi ๐Ÿ™‚
    Awesome Post!
    I actually saw the yummy looking pic of this Salted Caramel on foodgawker. I don’t know if you have already noticed it but there is a typo on the URL you submitted on the website along with this pic! It does not redirect to this page because the link says .con instead of .com

    Anyway I am glad I got here! ๐Ÿ™‚ You have a new regular reader now!

  3. Thanks Caramel wings for letting me know about the link, I’ll see if I can fix it.

  4. Looks delicious!
    Can I ask though… what sort of cream? Single, double? And sugar, should it fine, like caster sugar or will regular granulated do? Thanks!

  5. Hi Kirsty, I used single cream and regular granulated sugar. The recipe actually was for caster sugar, but I used regular as when it melts it makes no difference. Sugar is sugar.

  6. hi i was just wondering when did start to have the caramel colour?

  7. Hi Food

    It starts going a caramel colour as the sugar crystals dissolve and the sugar starts bubbling. It turns brown very quickly

  8. Cupcake Lover says:

    Hi, These look absolutely lovely! I’m so excited about baking them..

    I have a question, between the first and second steps, am i missing something? If i heat the sugar alone, will it dissolve? or do i need to mix in water?

    Thank you for this recipe!

  9. Hi Cupcake Lover, yes you just heat the sugar and it dissolves on its own (no water needed) – as it dissolves it will caramelise very quickly, so make sure all the crystals are in the hot, molten part and then proceed with adding the butter and cream (quickly). Good Luck!

  10. Hi,

    I’m a really big fan of salted caramel! So, I want to try out this fantastic recipe, but I don’t have any cream at home. Could I also use ‘fat’ milk?
    And if so, would it change the structure/flavour of the caramel?

    Thanks in advance. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Hi Mel, I have never tried with milk, but you will need the fat content in the cream I would image?

  12. It would probably help if you explained when the caramel browns in the recipe since just lietting the sugar dissolve is not enough explanation

  13. Thanks Julia, it starts going brown as it dissolves so its quite simultaneous. If you read the thread of comments I have added further explanation, but will add it into the post too.

  14. Does this stay a nice consistancy at room temp? The last version I made (different recipe) was absorbed by my cupcake, I’m looking for a consistancy that will hold together inside a cupcake. Any ideas?

  15. Hi
    This salted caramel really thickens up to a soft and smooth fudge like consistency at room temp. But like all caramel will become very liquid when heated or baked (as in baked in the center of a cupcake). All it is is butter, cream and sugar so I am not sure how to overcome this and prevent the caramel from being absorbed into the cake sponge.

  16. HI, I am trying to gett hold of “CookingJul Li’. sure your friend is the Julie. Please can you give me a more informartion on her cooking classes. Ate food made from her recipes at an acquintances home and wouldlove to join a cooking class as the food was absolutely delicious!

  17. Hi Ilze, you can get hold of Julie on 083 400 2991

  18. rumtumtigger says:

    Hi Sam, I made Candice’s version of salted caramel on the weekend and I found it to be a lot more flop proof. I’m afraid I flopped this recipe before and it nearly scared me off making caramel again. It took a long time for me to be brave enough to risk wasting ingredients. I don’t think its your fault though. When I made your recipe, I used a Bauer pot and I just don’t think this pot is conducive to melting sugar on its own. All it does is crystalize and burn the sugar. What I liked about Candice’s recipe is that she just puts all the ingredients into a pot and lets that boil up. It worked brilliantly. I think I will use your quantities and her method and see if it works out.

  19. Hi Tami, glad Candice’s recipe worked out for you, I haven’t tried it. I have made mine so often and in my cast iron pot it always works out perfectly. I would imagine that a Bauer pan would not be ideal as it tends to retain too much heat.

  20. This looks so YUM! I’m quite partial to a good salted caramel, so this will go over quite well for Easter! =D your chocolate and salted caramel tart looks AH-MAZING!

  21. Do you stir the sugar as it is melting?

  22. Hi Sandi, in theory you are not supposed to but I actually do to speed up the sugar melting, but only about half way through. I find it goes a bit too dark if you leave it to melt on its own. As soon as its all melted you need to work quickly and add the butter and cream whilst stirring vigorously.

  23. So… I have just made this recipe as the filling for a mille crepe cake I am making for my dinner club. The colour is just beautiful. One thing though, for beginner sweet makers like myself, perhaps some obvious warning labels should be attached. Like:
    1. Melted sugar is hot. No, Shรขn, pay attention it’s H.O.T!
    2. Be careful when you add the butter to this HOT melted sugar, as its has surprising results :/
    3. Do not taste test once you have added the salt, Shรขn…why? because it’s still HOT.
    it looks lovely however and I cant wait for it to cool down so I can taste it ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Hi Shan, I am sorry and hope you have not burned yourself…I agree I will add in a few warnings. I hope that the awesomeness of it will offset any making hiccup.
    Let me know what you think one you have tasted it. Add more salt if you like it extra salty like I do

  25. Hehe ๐Ÿ™‚ No burns. Its tastes great! I think I may have over cooked it a bit, but its still good ๐Ÿ™‚ Ill let you know how it goes with the crepe cake. Thanks.
    I like lots of salt too, but I’ll go for less this time as my guests may not share my love for salty things.

  26. Shan – Im glad no injuries and I should add a little extra comment on the caramelisation. I have made this so many times and have found it good to give the sugar a stir once it starts melting so as to prevent too much darkening of the sugar.

  27. Aaarrrgghh… So beautiful
    Looks so lush, I WANT

  28. Thanks Tora, I could swim in the stuff I love it so much.

  29. Since my recent trip to Paris, I am obsessed with salted caramel. I have never made it before so please excuse my ignorance. A couple of questions: what is maldon salt? Is it the same as kosher salt? (I am in the US.) Also, how do you know how much to put in? Thanks so much. Your photos are gorgeous!

  30. Hi Rowena, I use a se salt flake (Maldon) as it is nice to have the crunchy texture. I use about 1/2 a teaspoon to mix in and then I always add a pinch or two more as I like to actually pick up the salty bits. But add bit by bit to your taste preference.

  31. This recipe looks amazing. Iโ€™m thinking of trying it but am unsure of the ingredient quantities. Iโ€™m in the U.S. so please pardon my ignorance…can you tell me how I would convert the recipe into American measurements? I have no idea how to measure grams and milliliters in cooking. Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. HI Dawn – Im going to be putting up a conversion chart page on my site.
    400gm sugar – 13 oz
    165gm butter – 5.82 oz – or 1.5 sticks
    250ml cream – 1 cup

    Good luck!

  33. Thank you so much for the conversions! I tried out the recipe and it turned out amazing!! I put it on french toast and it was delicious. I even have some left over for my new favorite snack of apple slices dipped in salted caramel sauce. *swoons* Thanks again for your help! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Excellent Dawn, I’m glad it worked out. Stunning with apples.

  35. Wow, this looks amazing! I want to try it.
    Just two questions. How long will it keep? I assume it should be stored in a fridge, but for how long will it keep before it goes off? Also, I don’t have a cast iron pot. I only have copper base pots. Will this work?

  36. Hi Suzanne, yes any pot will work. I actually store it out the fridge and it lasts for months. (well as long as it lasts before your eat it all which is unlikely to be months).

  37. I followed the recipe to the T except that I used milk instead of cream. Up to the 2nd step the results were fine but when I added the milk the caramel became very runny AND the milk curdled so I do not have a thick caramel and I have a yucky layer on top of the caramel. I’m thinking that if I make the caramel again I will stop before adding milk or cream. What do you think, what did I do wrong?

  38. Hi Ingrid, what you did wrong was add milk instead of cream. Why did you do that? The recipe says cream, and that is what is needed to make salted caramel.

  39. Hi Sam, thanks. Next time I will be sure to add cream. I did not have cream (forgot to add it to my shopping list!) and so thought I could substitute with milk. A food blog I recently read has a recipe for salted caramel with milk.

  40. CHRISTINE says:

    Hey Sam,

    I wanted to drizzle this over a cookie. Will it harden? Thats what I’m looking for. Didn’t want to drizzle something that would end up a sticky mess once I packaged them. Also, it would be best to drizzle while hot them right? Should I put the cookies in the fridge once drizzled to harden?

  41. Hi Christine, I’m afraid this salted caramel does not harden, its more of a luscious sauce to drizzle over desserts. In terms of the fridge, generally cookies would go soft in the fridge due to the moisture content. So my advise would be to store your cookies in an airtight container at room temp. Find a caramel recipe that hardens.
    Good Luck

  42. Hi Sam, how many cups is 400 gr of sugar?

  43. HI Yosita, I’m sorry but I did not convert this recipe into cups.

  44. This looks good hope to make it soon

  45. Hi! Sorry, I hate to ask questions. I was just curious about the cream. I’m not sure where you live, but I live in the US and I have never heard of cream in a tub. Is it the same thing as, say, heavy whipping cream? Or is the kind of cream you are talking about different? I didn’t see any other comments about it. Sorry, and thanks for your time and patience!

  46. Hi Kirie, it’s just normal whipping cream. In South Africa our cream comes in 250ml tubs.

  47. hi! about the cream… from where i live, we don’t have this single or double cream. can i use all-purpose cream for this recipe? or do i have to have the whipping cream? thanks!

  48. Hi – All purpose, regular cream will be fine.

  49. how come mine is not creamy ๐Ÿ™ i love its taste but how can i fix it? Heehe thanks

  50. Hello does the butter have to be melted or does it have to be in solid form thank you!

  51. Hi Bricks, the butter goes in solid.

  52. Doing something wrong … First it was too runny so I cooked it for a while longer. Looked fine but now that it is room temperature it is very thick a have some sort of oily layer on top. How long does it need to finally boil to get the correct consistency?

  53. Hi Jax

    It sounds like it has split – which means the sugar was probably not hot enough. recipes involving sugar can be tricky. I have explained it best I could and have made it so many times exactly like that. It has happened where the butter and cream didn’t completely mix in (split) – but I put it back on the heat and continued to whisk over heat until it was smooth and incorporated. The sugar needs to be completely dissolved and starting to go dark brown before you add anything.

  54. thank u for this.. it is just what i need when i am depressed.. instead of being angry i cook and let my daughter’s eat .. i’ weigh too much already.. at 159 lbs ..

  55. Simply put this is divine. I’ve never attempted something like this and your directions were superb. It is a huge hit in our house. Now I must get the extra into someone’s home, this is dangerously delicious.

  56. Thanks Amber and well done! its not that hard when you get the timing right. It lasts for a very long time. Enjoy!

  57. Must try! ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. recipe for salted caramel sauce looks yummy, I can’t find a conversion chart. Do you know US measures? Thank You

  59. Hi, my conversion chart is on my site one of hte pages on the top under my banner. I use a mix of cups and metric weights.


  60. Can this caramel be used in Apples?

  61. Hi Rosie, what do you want to do with the apples?

  62. Hello! Just made this delicious recipe – easy and yummy! One question – how long will it last? 2 weeks, a month???

  63. HI Meg – Ive kept mine a month and even a little longer before. As long as the jar is sterile.

  64. Thanks! Also, would you recommend it to be stored at room temp or in the fridge?

  65. You can store either but I think the fridge is always safer (unless your jar is 100% sterile) But it will harden a bit if you do.

  66. Shruti SIngh says:

    Tried your recipe and it worked wonders on my butterscotch cupcakes. Wish I could send you a picture on how good it looked. Thanks !

  67. Awesome Shruti, Im so glad you enjoyed.

  68. hi,can i use this caramel for a pecan pie filling?can i bake this filling?

  69. Hi Mariana, no this caramel cannot be used for pecan nut pie, its a different recipe / process. Best to just google a good recipe for pecan nut pie and work on that.

  70. Hi Sam, will this need to be kept in the fridge and will it separate, just asking as another recipe was fine but it separated in the fridge after a day. Thanks

  71. Hi Johan, it doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge but if you are keeping it very long maybe. I have stored it in and out the fridge and it doesn’t separate (or shouldn’t if made properly)

  72. Thank you so much for letting me know Sam, I will make some this coming weekend

  73. Im hoping to try this recipe with coconut cream. Do you have any experience of this?

  74. Hi Kate I have not tried it with coconut cream. Are you wanting to make it vegan? becasue there is butter involved and I’m not sure how to eliminate this. If you are not worried abouthte butter, I suspect coconut cream would work just as well to replace cream.
    If you are looking for a vegan salted caramle, I would suggest tryingto find one that has been tested online. I have seen a few. Best Sam

  75. Can you freeze it

  76. Salted caramel lasts for ages so you dont need to freeze it.

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