The Most Delicious Caramel Cake

Caramel Cake – caramel cake layers with caramel buttercream and caramel drizzle.

The Most Delicious Caramel Cake

A classic Caramel Cake is LONG overdue on CakebyCourtney.com, so I am beyond thrilled to share this recipe with you today. I have a caramel cake recipe I’ve used in other cakes before, but I’ve always felt like I could do better. I also saw that some of you struggled with that recipe and there was no way I was going to stand for that!

Instead, I decided to come up with an entirely new recipe and create a classic Caramel Cake, as well as update ALL my other recipes that have caramel cake layers. Now that this recipe and post are complete, I’ll be moving on to make those updates.

And to show you just how excited I am about this cake, I had to post this picture!

Woman holding a cake on a plate.

This is that look after the first bite when I’m just thinking, “yeah, this is it! I did it!” and there’s a little happy dance going on in my head!

Ingredients

Make sure you have the following ingredients on hand. I’m assuming just aren’t in your pantry normally. For the full list of ingredients, be sure to read the recipe below.

  • Dulce de Leche – I use this brand
  • Whole milk
  • Granulated sugar
  • Powdered sugar
  • Eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter
  • Light corn syrup
  • vanilla extract
Caramel Cake on a plate with a fork.

For the Cake

In order to create a strong caramel flavor in the cake layers, I actually use dulce de leche. Not only is the flavor and texture of this cake amazing, but the color of the cake we get from the dulce de leche is gorgeous! You’ll also be using whole milk in this cake to create a ton of moisture.

For the Buttercream

For the buttercream, you can make your own caramel, as seen in the recipe below, or you can sub the homemade caramel and use ½ cup dulce de leche. The caramel gives the buttercream a little more salty/sweet flavor than the dulce de leche, but the dulce de leche provides a beautiful, smooth buttery flavor.

How to Stack and Crump Coat

I love how simple this cake is to stack and decorate. Be sure to always start with a crumb coat, as seen below, to lock in the crumbs from the cake. This ensures you don’t have any crumbs getting into your final coat of frosting.

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