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Caramel Cake & Caramel Icing Recipe

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This Caramel cake recipe has been a family favorite for many years.

Best Ever Caramel Cake Recipe
My Caramel Cake is requested for a Thanksgiving dessert every year and anytime during the year when someone starts thinking about it. It took me a few tries to be able to make the icing just right but I finally got it and you will too. You will find a free printable version of my Caramel Icing as you scroll down.
This Caramel cake recipe is what I like to call a ‘tricks with cake mix’ cake. By the time you take it from the oven, it will taste like it was made from scratch!
Caramel Cake Recipe not quite from scratch but taste from scratch. Caramel Icing recipe included
Sometimes my hubby will request pecans on top of the Caramel Cake and I oblige. It’s delicious with or without pecans. If you want your family to stop by for a visit, just make one of these Caramel Cakes and they will start loading the car.
Caramel Cake Recipe not quite from scratch. Homemade Caramel Icing recipe included
This picture above is terrible and I even think the cake was actually sitting on top of either the washer or dryer at the time. You know what it is like when you are preparing Thanksgiving dinner for a crowd and you quickly run out of counter space. That is what happened. I remember once back in the ’70’s when we had so many people at Mom’s for Thanksgiving, she actually used a bed to place the food on!
We live in Georgia which is a leading producer of Pecans so it is not uncommon for us to use pecans in many recipes. Sometimes I decorate my hubby’s Key Lime Cake with Pecans also. There is no one in our family who doesn’t enjoy the addition of pecans to our desserts.

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Caramel Cake & Caramel Icing Recipe

Caramel Cake Recipe not quite from scratch but taste from scratch. Caramel Icing recipe included

The Best Ever Caramel Cake recipe not quite from scratch!


  • ½ Cup unsalted butter (NOT Margarine)
  • 1 Box Butter recipe cake mix
  • 1 tsp. instant cappuccino (optional)
  • 1⅓ Cups water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla (I use Watkins Clear Vanilla)
  • 3 large eggs


    Preheat your oven to 350.

    Prepare you cake pans. I always grease and flour the cake pans. I use three 8” round pans for this cake.

    In 1 qt. saucepan, melt butter over medium heat, stirring frequently, just until golden brown. You will almost burn the butter but not quite. It should have nice brown specks in it.

    Remove from heat and cool for about 15 minutes.

    In a mixing bowl, beat together the cake mix, melted and browned butter, water, vanilla and eggs on low just until blended. Then on medium for about 2 minutes. (You will see the brown flecks from the butter).

    Pour cake batter into prepared pans.

    Bake about 20-25 minutes depending on your oven, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

    Cool completely before frosting

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The pictures in this post are of cakes I made for family events in recent years. None of them are professionally posed pics which is what I like the most!

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    1. Thanks, the cake stand is Avon. It has been in our family for many years. I don’t remember the name of that line but I think it was back in the either late ’70’s or sometime in the 80’s.

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