Homemade Caramel Sauce

How luscious and delicious does this homemade caramel sauce look? I have a few recipes on my blog that all include caramel. So I thought it was about time I did a post and shared my homemade caramel recipe.

There are a few different types of caramel, this caramel doesn’t set. It isn’t the caramel I use in my Millionaire Shortbread recipes. That follows a slightly different recipe that means the caramel sets.

This is a caramel sauce, it is perfect for drizzling over ice cream and dare I say it just having a spoonful on its own. I have a couple of recipes coming up where we use this caramel it is perfect!

Before You Start Baking

Before you start to make the caramel it is important that you met out the double cream and butter. This way it is ready when you need it and this helps stop the caramel burning and you can just easily grab it.

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Cut the butter into small cubes and leave that and the cream to one side.

For this recipe, I would recommend using Unsalted Butter don’t use a baking spread like Stork.

Homemade Caramel Sauce

To make this caramel there are only a few steps but caramel can sometimes be tricky to get right. Whether it’s not leaving it to cook for long enough, so you end up with a really pale caramel or leaving it too long and burning it.

Don’t be disheartened if you don’t get it right the first time. It can take a couple of tries before you perfect it.

To make the caramel start by adding white granulated sugar to a saucepan and add the water. Put it on a low/medium heat and stir continuously. If you are a bit unsure or this is the first time you are making caramel, I would recommend making it on a low heat. It will take a bit longer for the sugar to dissolve but it means that there is less chance of the caramel becoming burnt.

Constantly, mix the sugar and water until the sugar is completely dissolved. It can be quite hard to tell when the sugar is dissolved. I use a silicone spatula and normally can feel if there are any grains of sugar left if I gently rub the spatula against the bottom of the pain. The water will be cloudy but that is completely normal.

Once the sugar has started to dissolve together stop stirring and leave the mixture to come to a boil. The mixture will stay a cloudy colour for a while, and you might begin to feel that nothing is ever going to happen (it can take up to 10 minutes)  but please please please don’t walk away and leave it. It turns to a lovely amber colour so quickly that if you don’t catch it you will burn it.

Once the Caramel Has Turned Amber

Once the caramel has turned a lovely amber colour remove it from the heat and pour in the cream while whisking. The mixture will bubble and spit so if you can stay a safe distance for it. I always use a long-handled spoon or spatula to do this part. Stir it as fast and as hard as you can until it stops bubbling.

One thing I will say about this stage is once you add the cream you need to whisk it quickly. Don’t put the cream in and leave it for a few seconds or the caramel will all clump together.

You also don’t want to leave the caramel sitting for too long after you remove it from the heat or it will cool down and this won’t work. Ideally, have your cream and butter measured out before you even start making the caramel this way, they are ready to go.

Next, add in the butter and mix again until the butter is completely melted. Once the butter is melted, add the caramel into your clean jars, put the lid on and store them in the fridge until they are completely cool.

Once the Caramel is Cool

When the caramel has cooled down completely, it should be thick and gloopy and the perfect drizzling consistency.

Troubleshooting

My Caramel is grainy

If your caramel is grainy it just means that the sugar didn’t dissolve completely at the beginning. Next time, keep mixing it at a low heat for longer.

My Caramel is burnt

When I first started making caramel this is something I struggled with. Remember the caramel will continue to cook even after you have removed it from the heat. You don’t want the caramel to already be a dark amber colour when you remove it or it will be burnt by the time you have added your double cream and butter.

The best way to ensure that you don’t burn your caramel is to remove it from the heat a little earlier when it is just a light amber colour.

My Caramel has Split

This could be due to you cooling the caramel too quick. It happens because the fat in the cream and butter might solidify at a different rate from the rest of the caramel. The good news though, if this happens, it can be saved.

Put the caramel back into a saucepan and heat on the lowest setting and stirring it continuously until it comes back together again.

Uses

As I said above this caramel shouldn’t be used for Millionaire Shortbread because it won’t set. However, there are plenty of other great recipes you can use. Why not use it in this Chocolate & Caramel Loaf Cake for the buttercream and drizzle. You could also use it to drizzle on this Snickers Showstopper Cake.

There are so many great ways to use this caramel sauce. You can even simply use it to drizzle on Ice Cream or how about on top of these Rolo Cookie Cups?

Alternatives

So this is just a basic homemade caramel sauce. You can make it a bit extra by adding in some Vanilla Extract at the same time as the butter.

You can also add in a pinch sea salt chunks and mix them in after adding the butter to make salted caramel.

Equipment

Saucepan

Kilner Jar

Spatula

Scales

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Homemade Caramel Sauce

Sarah Mark
How luscious and delicious does this homemade caramel sauce look? I have a few recipes on my blog that all include caramel. So I thought it was about time I did a post and shared my homemade caramel recipe.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 400 ml

Ingredients
  

For the Caramel Sauce

  • 250 ml Double Cream
  • 50 g Unsalted Butter
  • 350 g White Granulated Sugar
  • 100 ml Cold Water

Instructions
 

To Make the Caramel Sauce

  • Measure out the cream in a jug and leave to one side.
  • Measure out the butter and cut into small cubes and leave to one side.
  • In a saucepan add the sugar and water and pop onto a low/medium heat.
  • Stir continuiously until the sugar has completley dissolved (the mixture will be cloudy)
  • Once the sugar has dissolved stop stirring and leave the mixture to come to the boil.
  • Once the mixture is boiling, levae until it turns a lovely amber colour, and then remove from the heat. This can take up to 10 minutes.
  • Whisk the caramel and add in the double cream. This will bubble and spit so please be careful. Keep whisking and quickly as you can until the bubbling has stopped.
  • Add in the butter and whisk again until it is completley melted.
  • Careful pour the mixture into a clean jar, pop the lid on and place it into the fridge until it is completley cool.

If you do have any questions about this Homemade Caramel Sauce or any other recipes on my blog you can contact me either by sending me a DM on social media or an email. You can find all my details on the right-hand side of this page. 

22 Comments

  • Lauren

    7 September 2021 at 3:01 pm

    5 stars
    This sounds so yummy for desserts. Thank you for sharing how to make homemade caramel sauce, it would be great to go over chocolate fudge cake.

    Lauren – bournemouthgirl.com

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      9 September 2021 at 6:13 pm

      Oooh yeah, this would be such a great addition to a chocolate fudge cake!

  • Zoe

    7 September 2021 at 6:13 pm

    This is perfect! My last attempt at carmel did not go well :s So will give this ago and maybe put it over some popcorn <3

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      9 September 2021 at 6:13 pm

      Good luck! Just take it one step at a time and if you have any problems feel free to send me an email and I will help as best I can!

  • Cristina Rosano

    7 September 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Oh, I love the sound of this caramel sauce! It sounds absolutely delicious! I only tried to make it once and didn’t go as meant to, so I will try again with your tips! Thank you for sharing x

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      9 September 2021 at 6:15 pm

      Thank you! It can be a little tricky to get right the first time but don’t worry practice definitely makes perfect! Just take it one step at a time.

  • jamieadstories

    8 September 2021 at 1:51 pm

    This looks so tempting. You cannot beat that taste of caramel as an addition.

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      9 September 2021 at 6:15 pm

      You certainly can’t!

  • Della Driscoll

    8 September 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Well this looks bloody delicious, I would love to give this a go!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      9 September 2021 at 6:16 pm

      Thank you! I hope you love it if you do try it!

  • Lucy

    8 September 2021 at 8:11 pm

    Excuse me – how did I not know that you can make caramel sauce at home?! I’m definitely giving this a go! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      9 September 2021 at 6:17 pm

      YES! It is declicious! You should 100% give it a go.

  • Alexis

    9 September 2021 at 2:43 am

    This looks so good! It might be a little too difficult for me – I’d probably burn it, but I love the sound of this recipe! Also a side note, the jar you put it in is very cute and practical! I love little jars like that. Thanks for sharing!

    Alexis| http://cafe-beauty.com

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      9 September 2021 at 6:18 pm

      Ahh, thank you so much lovely! I think caramel is one of those recipes that practice makes perfect! The more you make it the easier it gets! The jar is so cute isn’t it!

  • Michelle Gast

    9 September 2021 at 3:08 am

    5 stars
    Thank you for sharing! This looks like a great recipe since the holidays are coming up.

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      9 September 2021 at 6:18 pm

      Thank you!

  • Sarah

    9 September 2021 at 1:35 pm

    Awesome recipe! I have only made caramel once in my life, but it was like caramel candy type. I have wanted to know how to make sauce though lately and this looks great. I appreciate all the tips you give to get the recipe right and troubleshoot it, as I know caramel can sometimes be finnicky!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      9 September 2021 at 6:20 pm

      It can be a little finnicky sometimes but I think it is definitely one of those recipes that practice makes perfect. Just take it each step at a time and if you have any questions feel free to send me an email and I will help and much as I can.

  • Jackie Em

    9 September 2021 at 8:12 pm

    Oh y gosh this looks absolutely delicious. I want to make a whole jar of this to go in my morning coffee!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      22 September 2021 at 8:09 pm

      YESS! Do it!

  • Jenny in Neverland

    13 September 2021 at 12:08 pm

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh who doesn’t love caramel on everything?! This looks delicious. Caramel always looks like it’d be really hard to make – from what I’ve seen on Bake Off anyway!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      22 September 2021 at 10:44 pm

      It is definitely one where practice makes perfect but it isn’t as hard to make as you think!

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