Basics of caramel sauce

DSC_0470I’m a big caramel person. I love all things caramel (don’t get me started on caramel cake!). So when I first tried this recipe I was in love, love at first bite. It’s sweet and rich, and not like those watery under-cooked caramel sauces. It was just perfect.


So here it is, a simple caramel sauce that can be used to glam up pretty much any dessert. I always place a little jar in the back of my fridge so I’m always prepared whenever the craving strikes.

Caramel sauce


  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (or honey/agave nectar)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Place the raw sugar, maple syrup and water in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to the boil, swirling the pan around occasionally to ensure even cooking.
  2. Once the sugar has melted, reduce heat to low and cook until the syrup becomes a golden-amber colour.
  3. Remove from the heat and quickly whisk in the coconut milk and vanilla extract. Be careful as the caramel will bubble furiously.
  4. If the sugar begins to harden, place the saucepan back on low heat, stirring until all smooth.

8 thoughts on “Basics of caramel sauce

  1. Rii

    The little cake with the pear and caramel sauce in this post, where can I find the recipe for that, I’ve looked all through your blog but can’t find it. Help! But, am absolutely in live with all your recipes particularly this sauce, the raspberry cake and the salted caramel
    Brownies Yuuuummmyyy!!!!!

  2. Jacquie

    Hi there. I love the look of your recipes and can’t wait to try one with my son, who is allergic to dairy. The link re coconut fat doesn’t seem to work. Wld u be able to update it as I wld love to make the sauce. Thanks!!

    1. Zainab

      Hi Jacquie! Thanks so much for all your kind words! I’ve just updated the recipe to one that it much better than the previous recipe. I hope you like it xx

      1. Jacquie

        Thanks v much. Checking it out now while your raspberry orange cake is baking :-) Smells divine and tastes yummy raw too !


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