Chocolate Cake with Caramel Frosting is two chocolate cake rounds torted into four layers with homemade caramel frosting between each layer and bits of milky way on top!Chocolate Cake with Caramel Frosting

Sometimes I wish I owned a cake business where I could bake just one cake for someone every single day. I love coming up with new cake ideas, and I just love making them! I hate having cake leftovers, sitting on my kitchen counter, staring at me and tempting me.

Chocolate Cake with Caramel Frosting

 So if I had someone to give the cake to, it would be a perfect solution!  Have you tried my Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse Filling? It’s the And this Chocolate Cake with Oreo Cream Filling is also quite fantastic.

Chocolate Cake with Caramel Frosting


And now comes this Chocolate Cake with Caramel Frosting. It has caramel frosting, people. Need I say more? CARMEL FROSTING. OHH, and it has milky ways on top. The End.

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Chocolate Cake with Caramel Frosting
Prep 30 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Total 1 hour 15 minutes
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For the Caramel Frosting


  • Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans. (I also line the bottom of the pans with wax paper!)
  • Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. 
  • Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes. 
  • Stir in the boiling water (your batter will be very thin--that's OK!). Pour batter into cake pans.
  • Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes; remove cakes to wire racks. Cool completely.
  • Once cakes have cooled, use a sharp serrated knife to torte each 9'' cake--(cut each cake evenly in half, horizontally, so that you end up with four, thin, 9'' cake pieces!)

For the Caramel Frosting

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat add the butter and brown sugar. Stir well and heat to boiling. Boil stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the milk and bring back to a low boil. Immediately remove from heat. 
  • Stir in vanilla. Allow mixture to cool for several minutes. 
  • Add 1 ½ cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  • At this point I like to set aside ½ cup of this runny frosting for drizzling on top of the cake after I've frosted it.
  • Then add about ½ cup additional powdered sugar and beat well with electric mixers until you've reached a good frosting consistency.  (Keep in mind that the frosting will harden even more once cooled, so don't add too much powdered sugar.)
  • Place your first cake layer on your cake serving plate and spread a big spoonful of caramel frosting over it. 
  • Repeat with the remaining cake layers, adding a layer of caramel frosting between each layer of cake.
  • Gently pour remaining frosting on top of the cake and smooth it across the top and down the sides with a spatula until you've covered the cake completely. 
  • Drizzle reserved caramel frosting over the top. Top cake with chopped milky ways or other candy, if desired.


Calories: 465kcalCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 3gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 485mgPotassium: 230mgFiber: 1gSugar: 61gVitamin A: 440IUCalcium: 95mgIron: 1.3mg

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Lauren Allen

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  1. I had trouble with the frosting. I used only 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar but the frosting quickly became too thick to spread. Made my cake ugly. Otherwise tastes delicious. Any tips for doing better with the frosting?

  2. Can you use the recipe for your Homeade Caramel Sauce and just thicken it some with powdered sugar, or it is completely different from the Caramel Icing?

  3. This is great stuff. Love your blog and recipes, hope to have you as our official recipe partner !