Bundt Cake #5: Caramel with Caramel Frosting

I’m not going to lie…this version rocked my world.  At first, I was like “ho, hum…another version” but then I tasted it and was in HEAVEN!  The frosting really does take the cake and those little caramel bits…I could have eaten the entire bag.  Homemade caramel frosting on top of moist and delicious cake…what’s not to love?

These little caramel bits were right on the baking aisle next to the chocolate chips and such.  If for some reason your store doesn’t carry them, just substitute with chopped up caramel candy.  Unwrap a few, chop them a bit and add instead.  A simple substitution.
Shopping List
1 box of yellow cake mix
2 small boxes of instant vanilla pudding
1/2 cup of veggie oil
1 1/4 cups of water
4 eggs
1 cup caramel bits
And for the frosting (recipe from my good friend Betty Crocker)
1 cup butter
2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease (I use Pam) a 10 inch bundt pan
In mixing bowl, combine cake mix, puddings, oil, water and eggs with electric mixer.  Add in caramel bits.  Pour into prepared bundt pan.
Bake 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Let cake rest on counter in pan 10 minutes.  Then, invert cake onto serving plate to finish cooling.  
For the frosting, melt butter in sauce pan over medium heat.  Add brown sugar and bring to a boil stirring constantly.  Add in milk and bring back to a boil.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.  Let mixture cool to luke warm (about 30 minutes).  Whisk powdered sugar into butter mixture.  Drizzle over cooled cake.  Lick bowl…trust me, you will.
Caramel Bundt Cake…this is why I do what I do.  You never know which version will be your favorite.
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  • Melissa Smith October 3, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Do you use the whole recipe of frosting for this cake. Could I get by with a half of recipe?

  • Melissa Smith October 3, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Could I get by with a half recipe on the frosting?

  • Mix and Match Mama October 3, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    You could totally reduce the amount of frosting! I like a lot but you don't necessary need that much!

  • kelly March 26, 2015 at 8:11 am

    I had been in the hospital since this past Friday and just returned home yesterday afternoon. I have Crohn's disease and I have a few issues that I'm having to deal with.

    One of my biggest passions is baking and I have followed many recipe sites + blogs but honestly your site is the only one I really come to and actually MAKE what appeals to me. I might look at other sites and eye a few things…but when it comes to actually trying something, it's always here that I end up at. I not only love the ease of your recipes, but I love your different tips and methods…you just make each recipe seem so fun to try. You can really tell that you love being in the kitchen.

    I know this sounds crazy, but your foodie blog has really helped with keeping me from going stir crazy while being in the hospital over the past few days. I always come here anyways for recipes, but this week I was really able to just sit back and and get SO many fun baking and supper ideas.

    I found this recipe very recently and I just haven't been able to get it out of my head…caramel cake is my favorite but I never can get it 'just right'…plus most recipes for this cake call for a bazillion ingredients and they have so many steps. Anyhow, after returning home from the hospital yesterday, I immediately had to get the ingredients for this cake and I made it right away. My nieces always love helping me bake and it is rare that I bake anything without their "help"… Again, another thing I love about this site…the step by step instructions make it so easy to involve kids. Anyhow, we just had the best time making this yesterday (we actually made cupcakes out of this recipe because they don't think there is anything more fun than a cupcake, lol). They had the best time taking turns putting in the ingredients and licking the bowl…and sneaking pieces of caramel bits ; ).

    This recipe turned out perfect…I never knew that caramel cake could be so simple…AND turn out great at the same time. My nieces and I now call these our "candy cupcakes" lol.

    I'm excited to try a few more recipes this week…I recently commented about a baked spaghetti recipe and I will be making that tonight…and I can't wait to try it. I know this comment was long…I just want to say thanks for the effort that goes into your site…you definitely make it a whole lot more fun to be in the kitchen while I make memories with family…and your recipes really take out any stress that is sometimes involved in cooking. : )

  • Alicia May 20, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Just made this cake this morning for my Mom's church group. Oh. my. word. It is amazing. Some of my cake stuck to the pan, and well, I might have already had my daily calories! Thanks Shay!