Chocolate Caramel Cake

Updated: Mar 22

The 3 C’s. Chocolate, Caramel, and Cake. Similar to a turtle cake, two layers of devil’s food cake are separated by a delicious homemade caramel sauce, pretzels instead of pecans, and chocolate chips. To make this recipe as easy as possible, the 2 layers of cake are made using a devil’s food cake mix. This will allow you to focus on the caramel sauce.

Now despite only needing 5 ingredients, making the caramel requires a lot of attention. Once the sugar starts to brown it can go from honey brown to burnt and bitter very quickly, so keep a close eye on it. Store-bought caramel sauce can be used as a substitute (no shame in that).


In order to prevent the caramel, pretzels, and chocolate chips from sinking to the bottom, the first layer of cake is baked for around 10-15 minutes until firm to touch. Then some of the caramel sauce along with pretzels, chocolate chips, and the remaining batter is added and baked together.


The finished cake is a soft, chocolate, caramel oozing masterpiece with a nice crunch thanks to the pretzels. So let’s get to baking. Have fun and enjoy!


Servings: 10 - 12 slices


Ingredients

1 box Devil’s Food Cake Mix

Water, Eggs, and Oil called for on the package

½ cup Pretzels

⅓ cup Chocolate Chips

Caramel Sauce

1 cup Granulated Sugar

¼ cup Water

4 tbsp Butter

2 tbsp Milk

¼ tsp Salt


Steps

Make Caramel Sauce

1. In a saucepan, add sugar, water, and salt. Stir and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Est. Time: 5 minutes.


2. Increase heat to medium-high and continue simmering for another 5-10 minutes until the mixture thickens and turns a deep amber color like honey.

3. Remove the pan from the heat and carefully add the milk and butter. Whisk to combine, then pour into a heat-proof container to completely cool.


4. While caramel sauce cools, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8x8 pan.


Bake Cake

1. Prepare the cake mix according to the package instructions. Pour half of the batter into the greased pan and bake for 10-15 minutes.






2. After 10-15 mins of baking, add half of the caramel sauce, pretzel pieces, chocolate chips followed by the remaining batter. Return to oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top layer is done.

3. Once the cake is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Slice the cake into squares, drizzle the remaining caramel sauce over the cake, top with pretzel pieces and chocolate chips.


4. Serve and enjoy.





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