Apple Butter Caramel Icing

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Apple Butter Caramel Icing

This apple butter frosting recipe is made with 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 (as I do), you may have found your new favorite frosting.

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!

Pumpkin Cupcakes

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

How to Make Apple Butter Icing

apple butter icing

Start by melting butter.

Melting butter

Add the apple butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and lower heat to medium low.

Continue to boil for two minutes, stirring constantly.

Add the milk and cinnamon and bring to a boil, still stirring constantly.

adding cinnamon to frosting

Cool to lukewarm.

Gradually add the powdered sugar and beat until thick enough to spread.

Apple butter icing dripping from pot

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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
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 48 servings
Calories 34kcal
Author Stefani


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup apple butter [paid link]
  • 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 [paid link], 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.


Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 6mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Calcium: 5mg
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  1. Robin Berrymansays:

    I am baking a banana bundt cake today and I plan to top it off with this Applebutter Frosting.
    November perfect timing for this combination.

  2. Jessicasays:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I just made this frosting today for some apple butter spice bread. It complimented the bread perfectly. And took me straight to fall, even if the weather outside isn’t ready.

  3. Brynnsays:

    I made this today with the pumpkin cupcakes with rum and maple, and OMG! So good!!!! Thank you for the recipe!

  4. Stephaniesays:

    I made this frosting for some apple cider cupcakes today and it was AMAZING! The only problem was that the icing sort of overshadowed the flavor of the cupcakes, but I will definitely make it again! I think next time I will put it on a hot milk cake. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Anonymoussays:

    I made these last night – FANTASTIC! Thank you so much!

  6. ~Kimberlysays:

    Mmmmmm aaaaaaple buuuuuuter! LOVE IT! Trying this for sure!

  7. Andreasays:

    I could eat that frosting with a spoon, seriously!

  8. Stefsays:

    HTEAC – Thanks again for the award! Pumpkin butter is yummy too!

    Lias – Cool! Hope it works out for you.

    Angela – Thanks!

    Jenny – Good luck! I bet you’ll be fine.

    TNC – I’ll get the cupcakes up soon!

    Ingrid – I know! That’s the hard part!

    Ashley – You’ve got the try apple butter. It’s so yummy!

    Cakespy – There are so many fall flavors!

    IronStef – I just noticed that this morning on Gut Check. A bit behind on my blog reading. I added you the the list of apple butter links.

  9. ironstefsays:

    yum. I made apple butter in the crockpot last week, and I have a ton still. Good to know it’s so useful!

  10. Cakespysays:

    Oh no, I don’t want to skip one thing. Delicious!!! I am going to try this soon! What a great fall flavor and alternative to pumpkin (which I love but sometimes people forget there are other fall flavors!).

  11. Ms Ashleysays:

    Oh Yum… It looks great! But I don’t think I’ve ever tried Apple Butter before… This will be on my list of Thanksgiving Goodies!

  12. Ingridsays:

    Oh, that sounds DELISH! Thanks for the recipe! Now I just have to get the apple butter away from babygirl who has been slathering it on to anything toasted!

  13. TNCsays:

    This sounds soo delicious. I can’t wait for cupcakes to go with it!

  14. Jennywennysays:

    Wow, you are awesome, I was just about to start searching for an apple butter frosting recipe and here it pops up. Thanks so much!

    I made apple butter at home, but it looks a lot more runny than the proper stuff so we’ll see how it goes.

  15. Angelasays:

    While slathering my toast with apple butter this morning, I wondered what it would be like beaten into buttercream. And an hour later you’ve given me the answer!

    It looks absolutely divine :)

  16. Lisasays:

    What a great idea. I just made apple butter this weekend but I don’t even remember ever eating it before so I am on the lookout for recipes. I think I will give this a try.

  17. How To Eat A Cupcakesays:

    OMG OMG! I <3333 apple butter, but recently I've been having an affair with pumpkin butter!

    Thanks for this recipe!

    PS: I gave you an award on my blog :D

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