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Soft Caramel Sauce

The perfect caramel sauce that stays soft, even on ice cream. Make it at home and enjoy it for a month.Whipped Chocolate Mocha Tart – Day one – Soft Caramel Sauce

I’ve been back in the kitchen whipping up something GREAT!

This week, I’m sharing a whipped chocolate mocha tart that has a pâte sucrée crust, homemade caramel sauce, and a yummy whipped chocolate and coffee mousse. It was amazing!

Soft Caramel, a tart crust and Whipped Mocha Mousse. The perfect recipes for an edible Caramel Mocha Frappuccino. from #dietersdownfall.comThis was my first time making caramel.

I can see now that there is quite an art to making it. There is a fine line between a deep caramel and a burnt caramel. I got a bit nervous and pulled it off the stove top a bit early. I wish that it had turned out a bit darker, but like I said, I was afraid of it burning.

However, it was smooth! Super smooth and although it was sweet, it wasn’t overpowering and it wasn’t hard.

Sweet and Soft homemade Caramel Sauce. from #dietersdownfall.comThis was a very soft caramel.

From what I understand of candy making, the hotter you let the sugar get while cooking, the harder it’ll become when it cools. I must not have gotten it very hot, because even out of the fridge this caramel was still soft.

It would be perfect as an ice cream topping. I hate when the caramel on my ice cream gets super thick and sticky. I bet this would be wonderful. I really wanna make some ice cream now and try it out…

Soft homemade caramel is sweet and so yummy as a topping or filling. from #dietersdownfall.comMaybe I’ll just go to the store…

While I was putting the tart together, I was sneaking in a few bites of my chocolate bar dipped in the caramel. It was pure heaven. I loved it!!


Yield: 1 cup

Soft Caramel Sauce

The perfect caramel sauce that stays soft, even on ice cream. Make it at home and enjoy it for a month.

You just can’t beat homemade caramel sauce. Soft, luscious, creamy caramel that is perfect to drizzle over ice cream, fruit, or into coffee.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


    1. Place the sugar into a medium sized pot and pour the water over it. Place the pan over high heat and and leave it alone. Do not stir it, poke at it, or bother it. Let it come to a complete boil. Let it boil rapidly and then it will thicken and the boil will slow down. Watch as the syrup starts to darken around the edge of the pan. When this happens, give the pot a swirl in a circular motion to caramelize all the sugar evenly.
    2. As the syrup turns golden brown, swirl some more and check the color of the sugar. Keep cooking the sugar until it’s a deep golden brown. You’ll need to tilt the pot to check the color of the caramel.
    3. As soon as the caramel is at the right color, add in the cream. It will sizzle, steam, and harden. That’s normal. Whisk the mixture, reducing the heat to medium and wait for it to be smooth and combined.
    4. Add the butter, salt, and vanilla and whisk in.
    5. Remove it from the stove and pour it into a mason jar and refrigerate for 4 hours or up to 7 days.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 37mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

Hannah Barlow

Tuesday 25th of February 2020

It looks so delicious!!!

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Saturday 1st of March 2014

Ooooooh.....I LOVE homemade sauces and would love to try this one! It looks delicious!!

Karyn Granrud

Monday 3rd of March 2014

It was spectacular! I highly recommend it!

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Jenni Field (@PastryChfOnline)

Friday 21st of February 2014

The hotter you cook sugar, the firmer the set is true, but with a 1:1 ratio of dairy to sugar, it would stay soft regardless.Yours looks like it has a wonderful, dreamy texture! I am a huge fan of caramel sauce. I love making it and know my sugar has gone dark enough when it starts to burn my eyes! lol

Karyn Granrud

Friday 21st of February 2014

I learn something new everyday. Thanks so much Jenni.

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