Here’s another story – one that I was itching to write instead of the one I posted with the brownie sandwich cookies. It’s all about the frosting, which really deserves its own space.
Once upon a time, a long time ago I married this swell guy (we are still married, by the way) who told me from the get-go that he wasn’t fond of sweets. Despite the fact that he was perfect in almost all ways, I found this unfortunate. Even back then, baking was a passion.
When I made brownies I would wrap them individually and put them in the freezer for my own snacking. I rarely, if ever baked confections. However, every year when it came around to his birthday, I put my foot down. A birthday cake was in order. And, every year, when I asked him what kind of cake he wanted with what kind of frosting, he always told me he wanted “caramel frosting”. Wait – what’s that? What’s caramel frosting? I tried for years to come up with something suitable. I searched high and low (pre-internet days) for this mysterious frosting and every single time I tried my hand at it, it turned out crystallized and congealed and never wanted to spread.
One year I pleaded to his mother for what (I assumed) must be her famous caramel frosting recipe. She rolled her eyes and told me that my father in law, too, had always wanted caramel frosting and she had never come up with anything she liked. What? This caramel frosting desire was inherited, and evidently untold hours of aggravation had been spent looking for something suitable.
Yesterday I heard music float down from the sky and rainbows magically appeared when my eyes rested on this recipe for salted caramel buttercream. It is the holy grail of caramel frosting recipes — so delicious and spreadable two of us around here were licking the mixing bowl.
My search is over and now I am passing it to you. Salted caramel buttercream frosting recipe.