Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Wednesday, 20th April 2011

I spotted this Chocolate Cake with Caramel-Milk Chocolate Frosting recipe at Bon Appetit. The Caramel-Milk Chocolate Frosting recipe immediately caught my eye.  My thoughts instantly turned to one of my all-time favourite childhood treats, Cadbury’s Caramilk.  A scrumptious caramel-filled chocolate bar. I couldn’t stop thinking “Chocolate and Caramel in a cake – How good would that be?”

A photo of a Chocolate Cake with Caramel-Milk Chocolate Frosting displayed on a white cake stand with a black background.

Thankfully I discovered the recipe first at Bon Appetit (1 review) rather than Epicurious (164 reviews).  I would’ve missed out on one of the best Chocolate Chip Cakes ever with a Caramel-Chocolate Ganache frosting that is to die for. I’m still dreaming about it.

A photo taken of a Chocolate Layer Cake with Caramel Frosting displayed on a white cake stand.

The recipe reviews were mixed, but many were far from favourable.  And the reviews regarding the frosting were laced with complaints.  I was quite surprised because I didn’t experience any difficulty in making the cakes or in making the frosting.

A photo taken of a Chocolate Chip Cake with Caramel-Milk Chocolate Ganache Frosting with a slice removed to reveal the different layers of cake and frosting.

To be frank, the frosting recipe was quite forgiving.  We had a bit of a family emergency and I couldn’t assemble the cakes for 24 hours.  I was concerned because the frosting was quite thick – it’d been chilling for over a day.  I simply let it come to room temperature and when whipping I added a teaspoon of heavy cream at-a-time, whipping after each addition, until I reached that sought after, smooth spreadable consistency.

A photo of a slice of the Best Chocolate Cake ever with Chocolate Frosting served on a white dessert plate.

In fact, the only change I would make – substituting chocolate chunks for the chocolate chips.  Why? Not because they didn’t add to the flavour of the cakes, or because they sank to the bottom of the cakes, but because I would prefer that oozy, melted consistency speckled throughout the cake.  You know the consistency I’m referring to, right?

A photo taken of a slice of Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Ganache Frosting displayed on a white dish with the whole Chocolate Cake (with slice removed) displayed in behind on a cake stand.

The one achieved when baking chocolate chip cookies.  The chocolate chips are slightly in tact but when you split the cookie in half the melted chocolate oozes out. All this talk of oozing chocolate has me craving just baked, warm out of the oven chocolate chip cookies. Hmm, I wonder what I’ll be baking this afternoon?

A photo of 2 slices of chocolate cake with chocolate frosting served on white dessert plates.

Are you looking for decadence on a plate?  Want to impress?  Look no further – three towering layers of moist chocolate cake, and the star of the show – the best ever thick and rich caramel-milk chocolate frosting.

A photo take of a Chocolate Cake from scratch with Caramel-Milk Chocolate frosting displayed on a cake stand.

The only issue I encountered? Finding a dome tall enough to cover the cake.  Did it matter?  Absolutely not!  The cake disappeared faster than I could slice it.

A close up photo of a Chocolate Cake with Caramel-Milk Chocolate Frosting.

A photo of a slice of Dark Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Chips and Caramel Frosting served on a white dessert dish.

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Comments (47)

47 Responses to “Chocolate Cake with Caramel-Milk Chocolate Frosting”

  1. Kristen Says:

    Holy deliciousness – doesn’t this sound good?

  2. SMITH BITES Says:

    omg Grace – this is killer, killer, killer!! and gorgeous photos as usual!

  3. Grace Says:

    Debra this is sin on a plate – so good!!!

  4. Grace Says:

    Kristen you described this perfectly – it was so hard to resist, the caramel frosting is amazing – yeah Bon Appetit!

  5. Barbara | VinoLuciStyle Says:

    Caramel and Milk Chocolate Frosting! Do I have to make the cake? :)

  6. Lauren at Keep It Sweet Says:

    That caramel milk chocolate frosting sounds out of this world!

  7. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel Says:

    I don’t know which I want more – the cake or the frosting! Looks gorgeous.

  8. Grace Says:

    Barb the recipe makes so much and I thought I will never use all this frosting, I did, it was so good I scraped every bit of it out of the bowl.

  9. Kathy - Panini Happy Says:

    Ummm…YES, PLEASE!!

  10. Maria Says:

    The cake looks divine!

  11. Megan Says:

    Wow! This is beautiful!!

  12. Lizzy Says:

    Oh.my.gosh. The frosting looks amazing…and THREE layers!??? Wow, I really want a slice…or even better, I want to lick the icing bowl!

  13. The Farmers Wife Says:

    That is the most beautiful cake ever! I love it, buzzed ya!

  14. Grace Says:

    Thank you!

  15. Fran {The Flavorful Fork} Says:

    This cake looks decadent and delicious. It would be dangerous to have that around here.

  16. BIg Boys Oven Says:

    this is awesome beautiful, now i know how to capture those beautiful photos!

  17. Denise Says:

    Amazing pics and recipe…. Bookmarked this one!

  18. Frances Says:

    I want that frosting NOW! This looks so amazing!

  19. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. Says:

    omg Fabulous!

  20. sippitysup Says:

    I am taking a moment today to say hello to my Stumble friends. I don’t always leave comments, but I appreciate your shares. GREG

  21. Cookin' Canuck Says:

    That is a thing of beauty. I could eat a bowl of that frosting by itself.

  22. carine Says:

    Looks really good! I love caramel with chocolate! yum yummm…

  23. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen Says:

    This looks fabulous! I love the color of the frosting, I’d be okay just eating that with a spoon :)

  24. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective Says:

    Honestly… I just want to put my hands right in that cake!!!

  25. briarrose Says:

    Heaven….pure chocolate and caramel heaven.

  26. thatshowiroll Says:

    That is abso-lu-te-ly amazing! I love the creamy frosting. Awesome pictures as well.

  27. Grace Says:

    Thank you

  28. wee Says:

    i love your cake stand! where did you get it!? (the cake looks great, too) :)

  29. Grace Says:

    Thank you – The stand was a Homesense find.

  30. sumika Says:

    AaaamaZing! I must feature this on my blog! this looks so wonderful!

  31. Amanda Says:

    This looks positively sinful!

  32. Winnie Says:

    That cake is so stunning…bet it tasted fantastic, too ;)

  33. Thomas Says:

    Just made it, but for some reason couldn’t get the frosting to “glue” on like on your picture.
    (It almost looks like the same texture of whipped cream with light amber color.)

    It slowly poured off the cake on my attempt.

    Any tips?

  34. Grace Says:

    Thomas I would put the frosting back in the fridge and let it set a little longer. I’m wondering if your caramel didn’t get to the correct colour. My frosting was very thick, I added a little cream to thin it out.

  35. Thomas Says:

    I’ll try that next time, thanks.
    It still tasted heavenly.

    I’ve done one of your recipes now. 999 more to go /woot

  36. The American Palate Says:

    I tried out this frosting yesterday and it is definitely a special frosting. It turned out realllly good. Only thing, maybe it was because I cooked the sugar too long, but the frosting turned to a bit thick, hadn’t though of adding cream, will try that next time.

    So, I left it in liquid form, as a ganache. Turned out like like a soft fudge. Was amazing!

    Thanks for sharing this!

  37. The American Palate Says:

    Oh, by the way, your cake and the frosting look so amazing! I just love how soft, fluffy and perfect your frosting looks! :)

  38. Sladie Says:

    Is it wrong to just want to icing? I love chocolate cake, but this recipe seems a bit too complicated for my tiny bachelor kitchen, but oh man does that icing look good. Maybe I’ll make that for my next set of cupcakes ^_^

  39. Grace Says:

    Definitely not! This icing it amazing, one of my favourites.

  40. ruwaida Says:

    Hi, Grace,I love your recipe,they are all fantastic. I tried most of them and i didn,t have any problem, the chocolate cake was amazing i used chocolate chip. except the CARAMILK-MILK CHOCOLATE FROSTING. Oh boy i tried first time and the frosting came out curdled, and i did it second time it turned out same thing, So please what did i do wrong because i follow the instruction very carefull. please help.

  41. Grace Says:

    Ruwaida I’m so sorry you had trouble with the frosting. I’m wondering if maybe you cooked the sugar too long. Can you email me exactly what you did and we can go thru and try and figure what went wrong. This frosting is really good and I want to help you perfect it because I know you will love it. It’s a huge favourite among my friends and family. Here is my email grace@gracessweetlife.com

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  43. Sarah Says:

    Wow….. Made this cake yesterday, it was super moist and to my surprise very light (the very first light chocolate cake I’ve ever had). I loved the cake and so did everyone who tried it. It is my very best recipe….. Millions of thanks for sharing such a beautiful recipe <3

  44. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    I’m so happy you enjoyed it Sarah, it’s one of my favourites.

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  46. Lina Says:

    This cake and frosting looks so delicious. I will make it for my granddaughter’s birthday and I will let you know how it turns out.

  47. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    This is one of my absolute favourite cakes Lina, I really hope you enjoy it. I could eat a whole bowl of the frosting without the cake – so sinful!

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