Easy caramel cake recipe using a box mix with a fluffy layer of homemade cream cheese frosting topped with a from-scratch caramel icing. This old fashioned cake recipe is super simple to make for a crowd using a 9×13 pan.
Who doesn’t like a caramel cake recipe that’s super easy to make? I stumbled onto this recipe and thought to myself – this is so easy! Made with a box mix like Lemon Lime Jello Poke Cake but topped with a homemade cream cheese icing and then made from scratch caramel, this recipe is quick to pull together because it’s semi-homemade.
My grandma called it caramel dessert cake and it is simply that. She made it for church dinners. How do I know that? On the back of the recipe card, she wrote when she served it. I guess if it’s good enough for a church potluck you know it’s good enough for any event you need to bring a dessert to.
How to Make Caramel Cake
Make the cake via box mix instructions and let cool. I chose the butter pecan cake mix but next time I think I’ll go with the caramel cake mix. Either way would be delicious.
Caramel Cake Frosting
The second layer is a homemade cream cheese frosting combining cool whip, cream cheese, and brown sugar. Spread over the cooled cake.
Homemade Caramel Topping
The third and final layer is a homemade caramel sauce created with butter, sour cream and brown sugar. Bring the ingredients to a low boil stirring constantly and drizzle over the top of the cake.
My grandma mentioned that this cake was delicious and she was right! I placed the leftovers in the refrigerator and I liked this cake chilled as well as at room temperature. Either way, you make this, caramel cake is a real crowd-pleaser. Enjoy!
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Easy caramel cake recipe using a box mix cake layered with a homemade cream cheese frosting and topped with a from scratch caramel sauce.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 18 1x
- Category: Cake
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
Caramel Cake Layer
- 1 box cake mix (caramel or butter pecan cake mix)
- vegetable oil, eggs and water according to box instructions
Caramel Cake Frosting Layer
- 8 oz whipped topping (ex. Cool Whip)
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 Cup brown sugar
Homemade Caramel Sauce Layer
- 1/4 Cup butter
- 1/2 Cup sour cream
- 3/4 Cup brown sugar
Caramel Cake Layer: Make cake according to box instructions. Bake in a 9×13 pan and let cool.
Caramel Cake Frosting Layer: Cream together the softened cream cheese and brown sugar. Fold in the whipped topping. Spread over cooled cake.
Homemade Caramel Sauce Layer: Bring ingredients to a low boil. Remove from heat and drizzle over the top of cake.
Keywords: caramel cake, caramel cake frosting, homemade caramel cake