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Fluffiest, Indulgent Caramel Cake Recipe

A good caramel cake recipe can definitely make your next dinner party a big success.

Caramel cake has everything you need. It is fluffy and moist. It has a sweet buttercream icing that would melt in your mouth. And the silky smooth caramel makes it even more tempting.

If you are not sure how to make a caramel cake, don’t worry. We are here to break down the process for you and make it easier. You would be serving homemade caramel cake to your friends and family in no time.

The best part of the caramel cake is the rich caramel cake icing. We have recipes for a foolproof caramel sauce and a great buttercream icing that go well with this caramel cake recipe. So check out our homemade caramel sauce recipe here. You can also find out how to make buttercream icing here.

Let’s get cooking.

What Goes into a Caramel Cake Recipe?

caramel cake recipe

There are three main components in any caramel cake recipe. Let’s take a look at what you need to add to your homemade caramel cake.

Vanilla Sponge:

One of the most important components is the cake itself. You need to make a couple of moist vanilla sponge cakes. These cakes would be layered with caramel cake icing. Since caramel and buttercream both are sweet, if you want, you can reduce the sugar in the cake itself. Adding a bit of salt helps too.

Caramel Sauce:

The star of the caramel cake recipe is the caramel sauce. It adds the richness to this cake. You can also add a bit of caramel into the buttercream icing when icing the cake. The beautiful golden caramel also looks great dripping on the sides of the cake.

Check out our homemade caramel recipe here.

Buttercream Icing:

The element that holds this layered cake together is the buttercream icing. To make the caramel cake icing, you need to whip up some butter with sugar until creamy. Since there is caramel going into the cake, you can reduce the amount of sugar in the icing. But you can not completely eliminate sugar since the caramel cake icing needs sugar to hold its structure.

Check out our buttercream icing here.

Sugar Syrup:

Drenching your sponge cakes with sugar syrup is an additional step in the recipe. But it would give the moistness and softness your cake needs. Simple sugar syrup can give your homemade caramel cake a very professional chef richness.

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Assembling the Caramel Cake

Now that you know the elements that go into a caramel cake recipe, let’s take a look at how to put it all together.

When you are learning how to make a caramel cake, there are certain things to keep in mind. How much icing you want to put in, or how you want to decorate the top, depends entirely on you.

You can add dollops of icing and caramel between the layers or keep it minimal. But the layer of icing is needed for the cakes to stay together. Once you have put the layers together, put the cake in a fridge for 15-20 minutes.

Put a crumb coat on your cake. This is the necessary step before icing. Again, put it in a fridge of 15-20 minutes. Now put a final layer of icing. If you want you can add caramel to buttercream icing for the final coat. This will give your caramel cake a beautiful dull gold color.

To decorate your cake, put some cold caramel in a sauce bottle or an icing bag and drip it over the sides.

Let the cake cool down completely before serving.

How to Make a Caramel Cake?

So let’s not waste any more time, and check out our amazing caramel cake recipe. This recipe creates a moist, smooth cake that would completely melt in your mouth. Filled with the gooey goodness of caramel sauce, this layered cake is everything you need to make your dinner party a success.

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Caramel Cake

Try our caramel cake recipe with a fluffy vanilla sponge, buttercream icing and a rich caramel sauce. Turn your parties into a huge success with this recipe.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 5


  • 2 8inch Cake Pans or 3 6inch Cake Pans


Vanilla Sponge

  • 2 3/4 cup Flour 330grams
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter 240g at room temperatue
  • 1 1/2 cup Castor Sugar 300g
  • 6 Eggs room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup Milk 360ml
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Vinegar

Sugar Syrup

  • 3 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Water


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter your cake pans.
  • Add vinegar in milk. Heat it for a few minutes until it starts congealing. Let it rest.
  • Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder and set aside.
  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar together until smooth.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Add eggs one at a time and mix.
  • Fold in flour in the batter. Add milk and flour in batches.
  • Divide the batter equally in your cake pans. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.
  • Boil water with sugar to create a sugar syrup. Heat it just until the sugar dissolves, do not let it caramelize.
  • Pour a few tablespoons of sugar syrup over the sponges to make them moist. Let the cakes rest at room temperature untill they cool down.
  • For assembling, put the first cake at the bottom, add buttercream icing and caramel, and place another cake layer on top. Repeat. Cover the entire cake with the buttercream icing and drip caramel over the sides using a piping bag.
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Chef Tips for Caramel Cake

Here are some of our tips to help you out;

  • Let the cake cool down completely before icing. Otherwise, your buttercream icing would melt.
  • Make a caramel sauce before you start on your sponge. It needs enough time to cool down before it can be used as a caramel cake icing.
  • When layering the cakes, cut the tops of your cakes to make them smoother.
  • Refrigerate the cake after the crumb coat for at least 20 minutes. Then you can start on your final layer of icing.

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