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Old Fashioned Caramel Cake Recipe

Updated on August 10, 2014

How to Make a Delightfully Sweet Caramel Cake

Caramel cake is an absolute classic! It's fairly simple to make and 100% delicious.

If you're like me, a fan of caramel but can't stand how it gets stuck in your teeth, caramel cake is the way to go. It's perfect for any occasion from an anniversary party to an after Christmas dinner dessert.

Your family will thank you every time you make this mouthwatering cake.

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Caramel Cake Ingredients

Everything you need to make a fantastic caramel cake

Batter Ingredients

3 1/2 cups sifted plain flour (all-purpose flour)

2 teaspoons baking powder

225g softened butter (1 cup or 2-sticks butter)

2 cups sugar

6 large eggs - at room temperature

1 cup milk - at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Caramel Frosting Ingredients

2 1/2 cups sugar

3/4 cup milk

110g butter ( 1/2 cup or 1-stick butter)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Icing Sugar - Powdered Sugar - if needed

Making The Caramel Cake

Start by preheating the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter two 9-inch layer cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment or waxed paper. Butter the waxed paper.

To make the cake, sift the flour with the baking powder together in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter until fluffy, then gradually add the sugar, beating until creamy.

Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat in thoroughly.

Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.

Stir well after each addition, but do not overmix.

Stir in the vanilla extract.

Turn the batter into the prepared pans.

Bake until the tops of the layers spring back when lightly touched and a wooden skewer inserted in the centers comes out clean, about 35 minutes.

When the cake is done, cool 10 minutes in the pans, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely before frosting.

Making the Frosting

Place 1/2 cup of the sugar in a heavy or cast iron skillet set over medium-high heat and cook, stirring constantly, until caramelised.

In a large saucepan, combine the remaining 2 cups of sugar with the milk and bring to a boil.

Add the caramelised sugar to the boiling milk mixture and cook, stirring constantly, to a soft-ball stage when added to cold water or to between 234 to 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer.

Remove saucepan from the heat, add the butter and vanilla, and beat at high speed until thick enough to hold to the cake when spread.

If the frosting gets too thick, beat in a few drops of hot water. If it gets too thin, beat in a little powdered sugar.

Now ice the cake. You can dip the knife or spatula in warm water to make spreading the icing easier.

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    • VioletteRose LM profile image

      VioletteRose LM 

      4 years ago

      Wow this sounds so delicious!

    • mariacarbonara profile image


      5 years ago

      I think im turning into Homer Simpson. Mmmmm cake!

    • Whatsittoyou profile image


      5 years ago from Canada

      I love caramel and yet I had never heard of a caramel cake before. It looks so good.

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      6 years ago

      wow yummy cake

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      Pastor Cher 

      6 years ago from United States

      It looks delicious. A good recipe for the holidays.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      I am now over 200 lbs - and I have to lose weight. If I lose forty pounds by next July - I will have some folks over and we will have this cake. Blessed. :)

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      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens, I love my cake, but I do not get many cakes to eat as I am the only cook in my kitchen and my husband does not have a sweet tooth for cake.

      Thanks for sharing , I can taste it now. Blessed.

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      6 years ago

      Wow, I love caramel, but I can't bake very well, on the other hand my husband can, so I am passing this one to him :) Blessed*

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      7 years ago

      I can celebrate everyday with these great recipes. Thanks, really enjoyed.

    • BestToysReviews profile image


      7 years ago

      Sweet and tasty :D

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Searching out the letter C today and I stumbled upon your absolutely scrumptiously delicious caramel cake recipe. Ooooh if heaven has food this is one cake recipe that is sitting on angel's lips just waiting to be created. Looks heavenly.

    • ScareYouDiva profile image


      7 years ago

      Yes, your recipe looks scrumptious!

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      7 years ago

      yummy i am hungry :) thanks dear

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      7 years ago

      Will try this recipe.

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      Lisa Auch 

      7 years ago from Scotland

      i really thought i have been here before, but obviously not, and Can't believe I missed this one! this is one caramel cake recipe to print out and make!

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      hayleylou lm 

      7 years ago

      Favouriting this one so that I can return - I love Caramel !

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      Carol Fisher 

      7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Mmmm, sounds lovely.

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      7 years ago

      Sounds delicious!

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      Joy Neasley 

      7 years ago from Nashville, TN

      yummmm...just needs a scoop of icecream with it.

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      7 years ago

      This looks sooo great! Can't wait to try it!

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      8 years ago

      Where I live there seems to be a competition between dense chocolate cake and rich caramel cake. I can't wait to introduce your fabulous caramel cake recipe into the mix!

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona


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      8 years ago

      Yummy! I just have to try this recipe.

    • squid-janices7 profile image


      8 years ago

      Love caramel cake! First came across it on a trip to Mexico....they have that and tres leches (three milks) cake in all the grocery stores and bakeries.

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      rewards4life info 

      8 years ago

      Yummy! Caramel + cake= heaven. I'll definitely be back to try this recipe (as we've prepared already enough sweets for this week) Thanks for sharing it, Susan. =)


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