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Secret Homemade Carmel Sauce Recipe. Carmel Cake, Carmel Apples.

Updated on August 13, 2011
Homemade Carmel sauce for Carmel Cake, Carmel Apples, Carmel topping. Easy.
Homemade Carmel sauce for Carmel Cake, Carmel Apples, Carmel topping. Easy.


This is my great granny's Carmel cake recipe. You can also use the Homemade Carmel sauce for Carmel apples. I made this for a work function- and absolutely everyone took seconds. The taste of this Carmel is so Divine and heavenly. The cake absorbs some of the Carmel sauce when pour over the Carmel. It's a warm yummy goodness that fills your mouth when you take the first bite. If you decide to use this Carmel for Carmel apples- I guarantee you will never buy packaged Carmel's again. Thank u so much granny for your delicious recipe.


The ingredients are so simple. You are never going to believe how easy it is to make the Homemade Carmel sauce.

Homemade Carmel Sauce

1 Can sweetened condensed Milk

1 teaspoon real Vanilla. (no imitation here)

1/2 stick real butter. (No margarine)

Carmel cake

Yellow cake mix

How to make the Carmel.

This is so easy. Get out one stock pot and fill halfway with water. Remove the label and drop the can of condensed sweetened milk in the pot of water. The can will sink to the bottom. You want the whole can to be covered with water. The can must not be opened. Cook this on medium heat for 4 hours.

Continue to add water to the pot as it evaporates. (Do not try to open the can and heat it in a pan on the stove- instead of boiling the can). The consistency will not be a Carmel mixture and will not be the same. Cooking it in the can just does something for the Carmel sauce. Don't try any other method. I have tried so many other Carmel recipes and this is the best way to make it.

Carmel Cake

If you are going to make Carmel cake: than make the cake according to the box, while the Carmel is cooking. I would leave the cake in the pan, so the pan can catch the left over Carmel. If you are going to use 2 box cakes than you want to double the Carmel recipe, which will be a whole stick of butter, 2 t vanilla and 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk.

After 4 hours has passed, remove the can with a pair of tongs to a wire rack to cool about 15 minutes. Then slowly open up one little side of the can with a can opener just to release a little steam. Discard the boiling remainder water. Once the steam is released- finish opening up the can of condensed milk and add it to a bowl. It will be brown and look identical to Carmel.

Then you want to add the butter to it while it is still warm and the vanilla. Stir it until the butter melts, and the vanilla is mixed thoroughly. Do not try to open the can and heat it in a pan on the stove- instead of boiling the can. The consistency will not be like a Carmel mixture and will not be the same. Cooking it is the can just does something for the Carmel sauce. Don't try any other method.

Get out your cake- if you plan on making the Carmel Cake. Poke the cake very good repeatevely with a toothpick. You want the Homemade Carmel Sauce to soak up in the cake real well. Once this is done pour the Carmel sauce right over the cake. Your cake will be a warm melt in your mouth goodness.

This cake is super easy to make- and identical to granny's. You wont go wrong with this cake!

Carmel apples


Homemade Carmel sauce

Popsicle sticks


Toppings ideas: Crushed nuts, oreo's, crushed toffee bits, mini chocolate chips. mini m&m, dried fruit, raisins, coconut, finely chopped pretzels, peanut butter, sprinkles any color any flavor. Don't forget you can also dip the apple in melted chocolate over a double boiler, and you will have a Carmel chocolate apple.

Waxed paper.

Cookie sheet.

Make the Homemade Carmel Sauce Recipe listed above.

Get your apples ready while you are making the Homemade Carmel sauce. When ready you want to wash and dry your apples. If the apples have a wax coating than you want to dip them quickly into a pot of boiling water just to remove the wax. Then make sure you dry them real good after the water bath.

Make sure you remove the stems in the center, and insert your Popsicle stick.Keep your apples in the refrigerator until your Carmel sauce is ready. Cold apples work much better with the Carmel, or any Carmel to that matter.

Get your dipping ingredients set aside in separate bowls. This is the fun part. You can dip your apples in just about anything.

Once your Carmel sauce is made and poured in a bowl, add one apple at a time to the Carmel sauce and coat the apple. Do this twice. Then dip your apple into your toppings. Don't be scared to double dip here. Set aside on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper and set in the refrigerator to keep cold. This keeps the Homemade Carmel Sauce thick, and keeps your toppings on your apples.

Enjoy your Carmel apples. You cant go wrong with this Carmel recipe. It sticks to the apples well and gives it a delicious flavor. This is so much better than packaged Carmel's. You will so taste the difference on these apples.


The secret to dipping a Carmel Apple

Carmel Ice cream topping.

Once you make this Homemade Carmel Sauce, you can store it in a jar in the refrigerator. Heat it in the microwave just a few minutes to get warm- and you can spoon it over a bowl of Ice cream with your favorite toppings. You truly cannot go wrong with the sauce, you will just regret not making more.


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    • Obreinfamily profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy Goldstein 

      4 years ago from Chesterfield

      OMG I cant describe how delicious is is! It is so much better than package caramels!

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      4 years ago from the Midwest

      Must try this in the fall! I am pinning to my fall board to remember. I have never made my own caramel, but looks so much better than unwrapping all those caramels and putting them in a pot like I usually do. Thanks for sharing your Grandma's recipe!

    • Obreinfamily profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy Goldstein 

      6 years ago from Chesterfield

      This is a good question. I used 5 cans. I canned the rest- but it didn't last long..:)

    • Obreinfamily profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy Goldstein 

      6 years ago from Chesterfield

      Good Idea!

    • Obreinfamily profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy Goldstein 

      6 years ago from Chesterfield

      How did your Carmel turn out?

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      7 years ago

      So how many cans of sweetened condenced milk did it take to make that large of a bowl of the caremel in the video! I am so excited to try this!!

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      7 years ago

      this is how you make the caramel for tres leches cake. delisioso!

    • Obreinfamily profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy Goldstein 

      7 years ago from Chesterfield

      Me and my daughter made this last evening. It was so delicious- we were fighting over the left overs in the bowl...:)

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      Leona J Atkinson 

      7 years ago from Oregon, USA

      Interesting I will have to try this.


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