Easy caramel frosting involves melting 1/2 cup butter in a saucepan, adding 1 cup brown sugar, cooking for two minutes, adding 1/4 cup milk, bringing to a boil and cooling, before beating in 2 cups powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Substitute cream for milk for richer icing.
For a twist on the easy caramel frosting recipe, make salted caramel icing. Mix together 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons of water in a small saucepan and heat to a boil. Let it cook, without stirring, for another six to seven minutes until the mixture is dark brown. Remove from the heat and stir in 1/4 cup heavy cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla until smooth. Beat 12 tablespoons unsalted butter in a stand mixer with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, then mix in 1 cup of powdered sugar and beat in the caramel.
For an easy cake recipe to use with the caramel frosting, start by greasing three round cake pans, lining the bottoms with wax paper, greasing the paper and flouring the insides of the pans. Mix 3 cups flour and 3 teaspoons baking powder. Beat together 1 cup unsalted butter and 2 cups granulated sugar, then add in 4 eggs. Alternate mixing in the flour mixture and 1 cup of milk, then beat in vanilla. Pour the batter in pans, and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 to 25 minutes.