This easy caramel cake starts with a box of white cake mix and jarred caramel sauce but no one would know it! This quick caramel cake turns out so moist and flavorful and the caramel icing is dreamy! Learn our cake mix hacks for how to make a box cake taste homemade.
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Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 35minutes
Additional Time 1hour
Total Time 1hour45minutes
1boxwhite cake mix15.25 oz
1cupall purpose flour
½cupjarred caramel saucedivided in half
2sticksunsalted butter1 cup
Preheat the oven to 350º F.
In a large mixing bowl combine the cake mix, sugar, flour, and salt. Add in the eggs, milk, buttermilk, and sour cream, beat with an electric mixer until combined, about 1 minute. Add 1/4 cup of the caramel sauce, mix into the batter.
Spray a 9x13 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the batter into the pan. Drizzle the remaining 1/4 cup caramel on top of the batter and use a knife to swirl the caramel into the batter.
Bake for 36-39 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool completely before adding frosting.
In a small-medium sized pot over medium heat on the stove, melt the butter and brown sugar. Stir frequently until melted. Allow the mixture to come to a simmer.
Once simmering, add in the heavy cream, stir and allow the mixture to return to a simmer.
Once it simmers again, remove it from the heat and immediately whisk in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time. It’s okay if there are a few powered sugar lumps.
Immediately pour the caramel icing over the cooled cake (the icing will set quickly so be sure to move fast) and spread into a even layer. Allow the icing to set and cool before serving.