The Best Salted Caramel Sauce

My ultimate guilty pleasure – this Salted Caramel Sauce is what dreams are made of… seriously! 

I’m super stoked to share with you a recipe that is so versatile and delicious. This caramel sauce works with all kinds of desserts, beverages (hello salted caramel martinis!), ice creams, and even baked fruits, especially baked apples! I love adding this delicious salted caramel sauce on the classic Chocolate Bundt Cake for which you can find a recipe here

It’s so ridiculously easy to make and super quick – in other words, THE best sauce for all your sweet treats. Guaranteed to have you licking the spoon like there’s no tomorrow!

What does this caramel sauce taste like?

Picture velvety smooth caramel coating your taste buds with just the right amount of sweetness. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, a subtle hint of salt comes into play, adding an extra layer of deliciousness. It’s a perfect balance of sweet and salty that creates an ideal combination that’s hard to resist.

Why should you make this recipe?

  • If you want to elevate your desserts, this salted caramel sauce complements perfectly any dessert, fruit, ice cream, or even coffee. It’s a versatile companion that enhances any sweet treat. And bonus, it can work as a dip as well – think of pretzels, dried fruits and even your finger oops!
  • It’s super easy to make and it’s ready in no time!


Sugar – The backbone of this recipe, sugar caramelizes to create that signature golden hue and sweet flavor that will make your taste buds sing.

Water – A crucial component that aids in dissolving the sugar and ensuring a smooth caramelization process.

Butter – Butter adds richness and a velvety texture to the sauce, taking it to the next level of deliciousness.

Heavy cream – Provides a luscious creaminess, giving the caramel sauce its smooth and silky consistency.

Salt – The co-star of this caramel show! Salt balances the sweetness of this caramel sauce, adding a subtle touch of savory complexity.

Tips for recipe success

  • Opt for a sturdy, heavy-bottomed saucepan to ensure even heat distribution and prevent the caramel from burning.
  • Only use a long-handled wooden spatula or a metal spoon to mix the caramel sauce. Because the sugar reached very high temperatures, plastic spatulas can melt and spoil your caramel sauce.
  • Caramel-making requires a bit of patience. Resist the temptation to rush the process. Allow the sugar to caramelize slowly and evenly for the best results.
  • When adding the butter and cream, be careful as the mixture will bubble up intensely. Stir gently to avoid any potential splatters.

Salted Caramel

Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Elevate your desserts with the best Salted Caramel sauce – rich, velvety, and irresistible! Prepare to drizzle, dip, and delight in the decadent flavor of this homemade salted caramel sauce – it’s a game-changer for your desserts.


  • 200g sugar

  • 50ml water

  • 60g butter

  • 120ml heavy cream

  • 1 tsp coarse salt


  • In a saucepan, combine together the sugar and water, then place the pan on a stove on medium heat.
  • Mix the caramel sauce using a wooden spoon. Once it starts boiling, stop mixing.
  • Allow the caramel to cook until it becomes a beautiful golden color, then take it off the stove.
  • Add in the butter and carefully mix with a metal whisker until combined.
  • Add in the heavy cream and mix until combined.
  • Whisk in the salt.
  • Pour the caramel sauce into a jar and allow to cool until room temperature before use. Keeps well in the fridge for about 5 days.


  • The caramel will go through various stages of color, starting from pale golden to amber. Keep a close eye on the color transformation and remove from heat once it reaches that beautiful orangey hue.
  • The caramel sauce will be pretty liquid when warm but it will harden as it cools.

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