Caramel and cake is a rich and delicious combination that seems to fly under the radar. But there aren’t too many things that are more glorious than biting into a soft and creamy caramel cake. Here are 15 amazing recipes that prove it!
1. Pecan Caramel Cake
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Pecans, date-caramel cream, and chocolate — this Pecan Caramel Cake by Lisa Dobler is to die for! Layer upon layer of deliciousness, they are kept together with dessert rings until they are frozen solid and dense. Top with extra pecans on top for crunch and presentation.
2. Caramel Coffee Layer Cake
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If you are a fan of coffee, especially caramel coffee drinks, then this Caramel Coffee Layer Cake by Holly Jade was made for you. This cake itself is rich, moist, light, fluffy, and delicious! Plus, it’s super quick and easy to make; who says baking from scratch has to be a hassle? On top of being extraordinarily delicious and simple, this dessert has 4 gorgeous layers, an elegant caramel buttercream coating, and a chocolate drizzle.
3. Salted Caramel Espresso Cake
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This Salted Caramel Espresso Cake by Jessica Prescott is pretty much Heaven in cake form. Picture this: creamy cashew filling, rich espresso, salted caramel, and dark, decadent chocolate all on a crunchy walnut base. Yum! Save this recipe for a special occasion because this cake is not only delicious, it’s beautiful!
4. Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake
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There may not be a better combination than apples and caramel unless, of course, pecans and a hint of sea salt are added to the mix. Now imagine this delightful combination of flavors in a cheesecake version. This dairy-free cake doesn’t contain any real cheese, but the cashews and cacao butter combine beautifully to create a raw version of the classic creamy cheesecake. If you are after a visually appealing, healthy dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth and put a smile on every face at your table this Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake by Zuzana Fajkusova and Nikki Lefler is it!
5. Banana-Caramel Upside-Down Cake
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This Banana-Caramel Upside-Down Cake by Lisa Dawn Angerame is one of the most striking desserts you will ever see. Just look at that swirl of caramelly bananas! Underneath all of that gooey sweet goodness, you will find a deliciously light and slightly tangy white cake made with flax eggs and yogurt. Oh. My. Goodness. It’s kind of perfect.
Reprinted with permission from The Vegan ABCs Cookbook by Lisa Dawn Angerame, Page Street Publishing Co. 2021. Photo credit: Alexandra Shytsman
6. Vanilla Caramel Swirl Cheesecake
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This rich and stunning Vanilla Caramel Swirl Cheesecake by Maya Sozer is deceptively easy. No cooking involved, only mixing and pouring things, and that final satisfying step of swirling the caramel into a vanilla filling. With no refined sugars and a wholesome set of ingredients, you can feel good about serving this to loved ones. Oh yeah, and it only takes 30 minutes to make.
7. Salted Caramel and Chocolate Cake
This Salted Caramel and Chocolate Cake by Bridge Rose is basically two cakes piled on top of each other cuz, let’s face it, what’s better than a stack of cakes? (Nothing, the answer is nothing). The pretzels are purely decorative so you can not bother with them if you want!
8. Salted Caramel and Pecan Cheesecake
A delectable no-bake cake made for the holidays. This Vegan Salted Caramel and Pecan Cheesecake by Teri Macovei is a stunner. There is a nutty bottom with a hint of vanilla, followed by a thin and crunchy layer of caramel, chopped pecans, a smooth and creamy cheesecake-like layer, and ending with a luscious melty caramel layer, topped with more crunchy pecans. It’s made to impress and deliver an unforgettable cake-eating experience.
9. Caramel Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake with Streusel Topping
The crumb topping on this Caramel Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake with Streusel Topping by Melanie Sorrentino is delicious and takes the dessert to a whole new level! This dessert is so rich and full of complementary textures and flavors.
10. No-Bake Caramel Bailey’s Cake
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11. Raw Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream Cake
This Raw Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream Cake by Crystal Bonnet is a cake for all occasions. Starting with chocolate, date, and nut crust, it’s covered with a layer of banana coconut ice cream, topped with almond butter caramel, and finally … dark chocolate drizzle! Not only is this ice cream cake raw, but it’s also gluten-free and grain-free, too! Plus, it’s delicious.
12. Mini Vanilla Ice Cream Cakes With Caramel Sauce
These delectable Mini Vanilla Ice Cream Cakes With Caramel Sauce by Melissa Huggins are made up of three layers. The bottom layer is a date-sweetened almond crust, the middle layer is creamy vanilla ice cream, and the top layer has a rich dark chocolate shell. A drizzle of homemade caramel sauce takes this cake over the edge.
13. Peanut Butter Baby Cakes With Salted Caramel
These Peanut Butter Baby Cakes With Salted Caramel by Maya Popovich are not only tasty but also adorable! They are the perfect tiny snack, but if you wanted to bake this as a small loaf or in larger muffin tins it would probably work – you would just have to double the recipe.
14. Maple Cheesecake With Caramel Sauce
The creamy vegan filling and gluten-free crust require no oven time, making this recipe no-bake. The dark maple syrup conjures up richer flavors we associate with fall. Topped with caramel sauce, this Maple Cheesecake With Caramel Sauce by Medha Swaminathan is simply decadent!
15. Carrot and Zucchini Fruit Cake With Roasted Cashew Caramel
This delicious and nourishing cake is full of fruits and vegetables! The cake is filled with in-season zucchini and carrots and is then topped with a rich, decadent caramel frosting made from dates, maple syrup, and coconut cream. This Carrot and Zucchini Fruit Cake With Roasted Cashew Caramel by Karen is the perfect dessert for sweet tooths who are on the hunt for nutritious sweet options.
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