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Homemade Caramel Sauce (Salted) - 3 Ingredients

This Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce (Salted) is perfect for cakes, cupcakes, ice cream, cheesecake and any other dessert! Best of all, it's so simple to make with only 3 ingredients and is super delicious with apples and more!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade caramel sauce, stovetop caramel
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 12 servings (1-1/2 cup)
Calories 149 kcal
Author Life Made Sweeter


  • 1 cup granulated sugar you can also use brown sugar for a thicker caramel like dulce de leche
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 10 tablespoons heavy cream in Canada use whipping cream
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into cubes



  • metal whisk or wooden spoon
  • medium heavy bottomed sauce pan
  • heat safe oven gloves or mitts optional as the pot gets hot
  • heat safe glass jar for storing


  1. Start by having all the ingredients ready to go, and near the stove (as sugar can burn quickly).
  2. In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan (I use at least a 3-quart cast iron or stainless steel) heat the water and sugar over medium-low heat. Whisk constantly until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture starts to just bubble.
  3. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Stop stirring and allow mixture to continue boiling until it turns an amber color, this could take anywhere from 4-12 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and turn off the stove. Carefully and slowly whisk in the heavy cream as the mixture will bubble. Mix in the butter, one cube at a time until everything is incorporated.
  5. Add vanilla or salt if desired. Allow to cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes, stirring once or twice. The mixture will thicken up as it cools. *(SEE NOTE to prevent caramel from getting grainy,)
  6. Pour into a mason jar or airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Warm for a few minutes in the microwave before serving.

Recipe Notes

**to prevent caramel from getting grainy, you can whisk in 1/2 tablespoon corn syrup in the end.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Caramel Sauce (Salted) - 3 Ingredients
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (about 1 tablespoon))
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 9mg0%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Sugar 16g18%
Vitamin A 330IU7%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 10mg1%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.