Caramel Apple Buttercream Recipe

This creamy caramel apple buttercream recipe is perfect for topping spiced cakes, cupcakes, and really, just for eating by the spoonful! 


For Oliver’s birthday, I decided to make him a spiced apple cake. I had seen that you can mix a cake mix with a can of pie filling, and that it would turn out nice and moist.

I was so pleased with how it turned out! I knew Oliver wouldn’t eat a ton of his smash cake (well, more that I wouldn’t let him eat a lot), so I didn’t care if it was a little bit less than healthy. It was so easy though!


As I was trying to decide on a frosting, it dawned on me that I should try and come up with a caramel apple buttercream recipe. I had never had it before, but it sounded delicious.

Because let’s be real…life is just better with a little bit of caramel apple in it!

At first, I was planning to just use some kind of caramel coffee cream, but then I came across this caramel extract, and I thought it would be fun to use that. To get the apple flavor, I just used 1/2 a package of apple cider mix!


Jack helped me make it, and oh man, we both loved it. When I first tested it, it tasted like everything I’d hoped it would be.


This is definitely my new favorite frosting recipe. Just make sure you have enough powdered sugar – we almost didn’t!

Caramel Apple Buttercream Recipe
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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons caramel extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 package apple cider mix
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
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  1. Cream butter until smooth in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Slowly add in the milk, caramel extract, and salt.
  3. Add powdered sugar in, one cup at a time, until you reached desired consistency.
  4. Mix in apple cider mix.

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