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Apple Butter Caramel Icing

Apple Butter Caramel Icing

Apple Butter Caramel Icing

While you may be tempted to skip this apple butter frosting recipe and just slather plain apple butter on your cakes and cupcakes (and I couldn’t blame you), I highly recommend giving the apple butter caramel icing a try. It’s got brown sugar, apple butter, and cinnamon and is perfect for any Fall cupcake or for eating with a spoon! It’s sweet, but not too sweet, and if you love apple butter (like me), you may have found your new favorite frosting.

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Immediately above is my apple butter icing on pumpkin cupcakes with rum and maple and at the top of this post the icing is shown on my pumpkin bundt cake.

Apple Butter Caramel Icing

This is one of those recipes that came out of my head and worked perfectly the very first time I tried it. It’s a good day when that happens!

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Apple Butter Caramel Icing

This apple butter caramel icing made with brown sugar and cinnamon is perfect for fall cakes and cupcakes!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple butter icing, apple butter icing recipe, caramel apple butter icing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 48 servings
Calories 34kcal


  • 1/4 cup apple butter
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup powdered sugar sifted


  • In a saucepan, melt the butter.
  • Add the apple butter and brown sugar.
  • Bring to a boil and lower the heat to medium low.
  • Continue to boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add the milk and the cinnamon and bring to a boil, still stirring constantly.
  • Cool to lukewarm.
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar and beat until thick enough to spread.



I used Eden apple butter, which is oh-so-tasty! However, if you would like to make your own apple butter, check out these sites for apple butter recipes:
This recipe should make enough to ice 48 cupcakes or two bundt cakes.


Nutrition Facts
Apple Butter Caramel Icing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 34
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Potassium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Sugars 6g
Vitamin A 0.6%
Calcium 0.5%
Iron 0.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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