Sunday, September 12, 2010

Homemade Butterscotch and Caramel Sauce - Part 1

Kissing cousins, warm caramel and butterscotch sauces. What could be better?  I just can't get enough of these buttery sweet sauces. They are addictive, like kissing your babies cheeks, you just can't stop! I must have dipped my finger into the hot caramel sided pans hundreds of times this afternoon. I have made these sauces before, and always... I find myself sitting on my kitchen chair, cleaning out the pans with my fingers. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

homemade caramel sauce

This post is going to piggy back on a future post of mine. I made these sauces for an upcoming cake. Yes, a cake that will be smothered with butterscotch cream cheese frosting and layers of caramel sauce. Putting the cake together requires time and patience, so I figured we better start with what can be done ahead of time.

For the moment, Pick your Poison! For those homebodies out there who want to curl up in the corner of your couch with a delicious book and a scoop of ice cream, choose the caramel sauce recipe. For those who wish to be whisked away to a cottage by the sea, wrapped up in a cozy aran sweater and eating warm bread pudding, choose the butterscotch sauce recipe. Both indulgent. Truthfully,  neither need the ice cream or the bread pudding to be eaten... just a spoon! 

homemade butterscotch sauce

Enjoy the following recipes below. Prepare now so you will be ready for the cake recipe that goes with these!

Homemade Caramel Sauce - Vanilla Bake Shop, Santa Monica CA

1 c. sugar
1/4 c. water
2 Tbs. light corn syrup
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces - Organic Valley Preferred
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
pinch of salt

In a heavy bottomed pan, place sugar, water and corn syrup. Heat over medium until sugar is dissolved. Let the mixture simmer, little bubbles will be fine. Cook mixture like this until it turns a lovely dark amber. Think like the amber you see in jewelery. Remove from heat and immediately and add cream, butter, sour cream, salt and lemon juice.  Whisk vigorously, let cool briefly and pour into a glass container for storage in refrigerator.

Homemade Butterscotch Sauce -

2/3 c. dark brown sugar, packed
6 Tbs. unsalted butter, cut into pieces - Organic Valley Preferred
2 Tbs. Corn syrup
1/2 cup heavy cream - Organic Valley Preferred
Dash of salt
1/8 cup of Scotch or Whiskey

In a heavy bottomed pan, place sugar, corn syrup and butter. Let the sugar and butter melt, stirring constantly and let it get bubbly/boiling. Let mixture cook like this for about 3 minutes. Add in the liquor, mixture will bubble, stir vigorously. Add in cream and dash of salt. Stir vigorously again and let simmer for another 2 minutes. Take off burner, let cool and pour into a glass container for storage in refrigerator. 

As always.... loads of foodie love! ♥♥♥ Megan


  1. I just want to lick the spoon! I can't wait for what this will accompany.

  2. Thanks for checking out my blog! Your caramel sauce sounds FABULOUS!!! I just made a caramel apple tart w/walnut streusel topping out of some left over caramel. I'm not going to's pretty divine!

    Mmmm, and if you're into butterscotch, you HAVE to try this recipe

    I've made it 3 times already!

  3. I could just bathe in such sauces and be perfectly happy!

  4. Those look delicious. They wouldn't last long at my house, that's for sure!

  5. I just made a batch of caramel sauce...and I do the same, find myself cleaning out the pots with my fingers. These look wonderful. I may have to try the's my husband's favorite.

  6. Oh Megan thank you so much for the recipe. You stored them in the fridge! But will the texture of the butterscotch changed? I thought it will became solid after chilled. Please help!
    Regards, Kristy

  7. There is nothing like homemade caramel!

  8. Heavenly! I could eat this by the spoonful. Looking forward to seeing the cake you have in store.

  9. Wow, just wow. I agree with Marisa, I could eat this by the spoonful, and I don't think I would feel bad about it at all! haha

  10. I've been looking for a caramel recipe, and here it is. Hope to try in soon in some cupcakes. Great pic, as always.

  11. Hi there,
    Just found your blog! So glad I stumbled across it at this particular time to find this fabulous recipe. I think it could potentially present some problems for my hips though ;)

  12. I do so want to dip a big spoon into those jars. If I made either of those, I'd have to make double if I wanted to use them for a recipe because I'd probably eat most of it right out of the jars. So sticky, gooey and good!

  13. Oh my...I wanted to eat those right off the screen! I am imagining some nice fresh apples dipped into the caramel...yummmmm..


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