Homemade Caramel Sauce!

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Easy and Delicious Homemade Caramel Sauce made with six ingredients, and better than any shop bought!

So after posing endless amounts of caramel recipes on my blog, I thought it was high time to post a homemade caramel recipe that you could use in all of them. Yes, its still going to be easier to buy some, but you know… homemade is best! No additives, and you know exactly whats in it. Also, its much easier to make compared to what you might think!

I tried several before settling on this being my favourite recipe. It wields about 375ml of caramel, which I put into two 125ml clip top kilner jars, and a ramekin as I miiiiiight have broken one of my kilner jars. Its basically enough to use in a few recipes, or to drizzle on ice creams and such. Or, as much as I hate to admit it… dip a chunk of apple in to and devour.

There are various different types of caramel in the world, and I just love it. I am more in love with salted caramel in comparison to regular caramel, but thats just a personal thing. I love to add sea salt chunks to my caramel, as they taste much better than fine table salt you tend to have at home. Maldon Sea Salt is my favourite, but thats also personal choice.

If you don’t want your caramel to be salty, then you can leave out the salt entirely. Or, you can just add in a smidge of it to take away the over powering sweetness of the caramel in general. However, this caramel isn’t the sweetest already, which is partly why I adore it so much! I could devour it with a spoon to be honest.

Making caramel can be a bit of battle for some people, but its worth the try. Luckily, you don’t waste all the ingredients if it goes wrong, only the sugar part. If its your very first time of making caramel, don’t be too disheartened if its too runny because you under did it, or if you burn it. I would definitely say burning is worse, and you’ll know it when it happens!

The caramel will take what feels like an age to turn to the amber colour you want, to be able to add the cream and the other ingredients. It will just be a clear bubbly liquid for god knows how long, and then suddenly start turning into a golden delicious amber caramel. Keep an eye on it, and don’t walk away… its kinda magical to watch it to be honest. Also, it smells utterly delicious.

After the caramel turns into the delicious amber colour, you have to add in the cream, and watch it bubble up whilst you whisk. Add in the butter, the vanilla, and then the salt, whisking in-between each one. You end up with a gorgeous, silky smooth caramel that you can use in all sorts of treats. You can see the vanilla speckles in mine, amongst the gorgeous golden colour, and now you’re salivating? Right? No? damn.

Enjoy! x

5 from 3 votes
Homemade Caramel Sauce!
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Easy and Delicious Homemade Caramel Sauce made with 6 ingredients, and better than any shop bought!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Caramel
Servings: 8
Calories: 262 kcal
Author: Jane's Patisserie
  • 250 g White Granulated Sugar
  • 75 ml Water
  • 200 ml Double Cream
  • 60 g Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  1. In a large heavy based saucepan, add the water and sugar. Heat on a low-medium heat, and stir constantly until the sugar has dissolved into the water. The water will still look a touch cloudy when dissolved, but there will be no sugar granules any more. 

  2. Once the mixture has dissolved together, and it starts to bubble slightly, turn the heat up higher and STOP STIRING. Leave the mixture alone, and do not touch it. Wait for the mixture to boil away to an amber colour. This often takes between 5-10 minutes, depending on your pan, and hob etc.

  3. Once the mixture has turned to the correct colour, take it off the heat and pour in the cream. The mixture will bubble up quite a bit, but whisk it together till combined. 

  4. Then, add in the butter, and whisk till melted. Add in the vanilla, and again whisk. Finally, add in the salt and whisk again. 

  5. Once all combined, pour into some clean, and appropriate containers such as jars, and leave to cool on the side. Once completely cool, refrigerate. 

Recipe Notes
  • You really need to keep an eye on the caramel when its turning to the amber colour. There are seconds between it turning from a delicious amber colour, to burnt. 
  • It can take ages for it to turn to a different colour, but thats just the process it takes. It's basically heating up, and once it reaches a certain point, it'll turn to the caramel. 
  • The caramel should be kept in the fridge, but it will get harder in the fridge. Microwave to soften what you need. 
  • It'll last in the fridge for up to two weeks as long as the container its put into is spotlessly clean. 
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Caramel Sauce!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 156mg7%
Potassium 18mg1%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Sugar 31g34%
Vitamin A 555IU11%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 18mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. These are only estimates.



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  • Jen
    November 12, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Hi Jane,
    I was wondering if you have a favorite saucepan you would recommend for all things caramel making? I get by with the one I use but I am thinking of investing in a decent one and any advice would be great!!
    Thank you in advance,

    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 12, 2019 at 4:06 pm

      The only pans I use now are eaziglide never stick 2 – they’re a little pricey, but 100% worth it in my opinion! I bought mine from John Lewis x

  • Sarah McHugh
    October 30, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    5 stars
    Jane I just made this and wanted to say thank you for such an easy caramel recipe. It is sooo delish. I also used golden granulated sugar as only had this one and seemed to work just fine. *****

  • Dorothy\
    April 22, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    5 stars
    is the same kind of caramel sauce I would use when I make chocolates, never made caramel ones yet though but want to try. I s the salt a must as I have high blood pressure, I use half salt for eating, please reply to my email I am a senior and not good with computers thankyou, llove your sweet recipes. but I also have type two diabetes but still eat sweets unfortunately

  • Carla
    August 22, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Love your recipes! Your webiste is my go to when looking for a new recipe to try out!
    How could I make a thicker caramel? Obviously altering amounts will alter the taste! I want salted caramel to add to my brownie recipe, but if I add a sauce it just bubbles into the batter whilst cooking. Although tastes yummy, you lose those lovely bites of chewy salted caramel that I have had in bought brownies in the past. Any suggestions? Thanks x

    • Jane's Patisserie
      August 23, 2018 at 9:13 am

      I would say that this is quite thick, its not runny by any means if done correctly. You could try using caramel sweets inside, so that they melt from a solid instead?

  • Iris millet
    May 1, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    When making the carmel. I find it grains after a day in fridge. Why is it foing that. Nice and smooth when first made?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 1, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      Is it this recipe or a different one? If its a different one its hard to tell. If its this one, it should still be smooth but will be stiffer. It might be that yours was on the verge or crystallising so it can go a bit grainy, but heating it for 10-20 seconds in the microwave should make it fine!

  • Samira
    May 1, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Cela donne envie dommage que cela ne est pas dit en francais

    • Gail Fitzpatrick
      December 19, 2019 at 5:40 pm

      I have tried 4 Carmel recipes with failure in all. I want to make turtle candy. Having trouble getting 250 degrees on my thermometer Its a ew one howcanI check it

    • Jane's Patisserie
      December 19, 2019 at 9:38 pm

      This is for caramel sauce – not a hard caramel!

  • Jules
    April 30, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    5 stars
    Totally agree with adding the Sea Salt Jane, makes yummy taste deliiiiiissssshous. Maldon does it for me too, great recipe I will have to try

  • Kelly | Maverick Baking
    April 30, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Yesssss – homemade is always the best, especially with the added salt!


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