• Sugar - 220 grams (about 7.5 ounces)
  • Heavy Cream 33% fat - 160 milliliters (about 0.5 cup)
  • Butter - 100 grams (about 3.5 ounces)
  • Salt - 0.5 teaspoon


  • Saucepan

    A heavy-bottomed saucepan works best to prevent uneven heating.

  • Heat-resistant Spatula

    This will help you mix the butter and cream smoothly without any mess.

  • Whisk

    Using a whisk ensures an even, smooth caramel texture. Pro tip: Opt for a whisk with a sturdy handle for better control.

  • Blender

    A blender will help you achieve that velvety finish. Make sure it’s suitable for hot liquids!

  • Thermometer (optional)

    If you’re a perfectionist, a candy thermometer can give you precise control over your caramelization process.


Step 1

Caramelizing Sugar

In a dry saucepan over medium heat, melt the sugar in three stages. Do not stir with a spatula, only swirl the saucepan to evenly melt the sugar.

Step 2

Finalizing Caramel

Once all the sugar is melted, add cold butter, mix thoroughly, then gradually pour in hot heavy cream and salt. Stir until smooth and remove from heat.
Use a blender to ensure smoothness. Let it cool before using.


There are endless ways to enjoy your freshly made caramel sauce!✨ Drizzle it over a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra burst of flavor, or use it as a dip for apple slices 🍏 for a sweet and tangy combo. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Stir it into your morning coffee ☕ to start your day with a creamy, caramel twist or layer it between cake layers 🎂 for an indulgent dessert.

If you’re hosting a brunch, why not offer it as a topping for pancakes 🥞 or waffles 🧇? Your guests will be thrilled! And, let’s not forget about using it as a filling for thumbprint cookies or swirled into your favorite brownies. Yum! 🍪


Gluten-Free Version: This caramel recipe is naturally gluten-free! Just ensure that all your ingredients, like butter and cream, are certified gluten-free to avoid cross-contamination.

Vegan Version: Yes, you can make this delicious caramel sauce vegan! 🥳 Substitute the heavy cream with coconut cream or a thick almond milk. Use a plant-based butter alternative to replace the dairy butter. The result? An equally luscious and smooth caramel that's 100% vegan-friendly! 🌱


  • Beginner: Can I stir the sugar while it's melting?

    It's best not to stir the sugar with a spatula while it’s melting. Instead, gently swirl the saucepan to ensure even melting.

  • Beginner: Why did my caramel turn grainy?

    Grainy caramel can happen if any undissolved sugar crystals are left in the mixture. Be sure to melt the sugar completely before adding the other ingredients.

  • Intermediate: How do I store leftover caramel sauce?

    Store any leftover caramel sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to two weeks. Reheat gently before using.

  • Intermediate: Can I double this recipe?

    Yes, you can double the recipe. Just make sure your saucepan is large enough to handle the increased volume, and maintain the same proportions for all ingredients.

  • Experienced: Can I add flavors, like vanilla or sea salt, to my caramel?

    Absolutely! Adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract or a pinch of sea salt can elevate your caramel sauce to new heights. Add these towards the end of the cooking process.

  • Experienced: What should I do if my caramel burns?

    If your caramel burns, it's best to start over. Burnt caramel has a very bitter taste that's hard to mask. Watch the sugar closely and remove it from heat as soon as it reaches a deep amber color.

Nutrition facts

Easy Salted Caramel Recipe: Sweet Indulgence
Recipe Yield:6 servings
Calories:Per serving
Calories (Min - Max):350 - 400
Total Fat:27g
Saturated Fat:17g
Total Carbohydrate:31g
Total Sugars:30g