Amazing Salted Caramel Celebration Cake is perfect for a party. Homemade layers of soft caramel cake and layers of salted caramel frosting then topped with chocolate-covered pretzels and salted caramel popcorn. 

Salted Caramel Celebration Cake is perfect for a party. Homemade layers of soft caramel cake and layers of salted caramel frosting then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and salted caramel popcorn.

Have we got a great cake recipe for you today! If you love salted caramel, from cakes to cookies to candies, then you will really enjoy this salted caramel cake.

This is a perfect cake recipe for serving at a celebration, such as a birthday party or an anniversary.

Equally, it's a good cake to enjoy at a potluck, gathering, or over the holidays, such as Easter, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, or Christmas. 

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As you can see in the photos, I've chosen to decorate the cake quite simply by adding a few pretzels, caramel popcorn and a drizzle of salted caramel on top of the fresh cream frosting. If you're confident with piping, you can add your own design and sprinkle some of the toppings at the end.

Salted Caramel Celebration Cake is perfect for a party. Homemade layers of soft caramel cake and layers of salted caramel frosting then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and salted caramel popcorn.

The Flavor of the Whipped Cream

The whipped cream frosting is delicious! I find it not as rich as a full buttercream frosting, and the key to the flavor is the addition of salted caramel.

I would suggest you taste as you are making this so you are sure you have the right amount of sweetness to your liking when you're adding the salted caramel. I haven't made the frosting overly sweet because I prefer it that way, so make sure you taste and add a little more caramel if you prefer sweeter. 

You can buy shop-bought caramel, (Dulce De Leche), and you can add 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt to the caramel.

Or you can make your own caramel by using our recipe here for Dulce De Leche. It's very easy to make, it just takes a little time for cooking. 

Equipment you will need:

Two 8 inch cake tins. If using one deep 8 inch tin, (and cutting the cake in half yourself, the cook time will be 45 minutes approx)

Ingredients

1 cup or 250 g butter, softened
1 cup or 200 g Regular or Castor Sugar
1 & 1/2 or 190 g cups AP flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs, lightly beaten

1/3 Cup or 80 ml Milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 Tablespoons Dulce De Leche plus a pinch of salt added (caramel)

 The frosting

1 & 3/4 cups or 400 ml of whipping or heavy cream
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons gelatin powder
2 Tablespoons hot water
5 Tablespoons of Dulce De Leche plus 1/2 teaspoon of salt added

The Decoration

6 - 10 chocolate covered pretzels or plain salted pretzels.
1 cup salted caramel popcorn
6 Tablespoons Dulce De Leche plus a pinch of salt added

See below if you’d like to make your own using our recipes for the following:

Chocolate pretzels

Salted caramel popcorn

Dulce De Leche

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 160 C, 325 F. Grease and line two 8 inches or 20 cm loose-bottomed round cake tins.
Salted Caramel Celebration Cake, prepare baking pans
  • Sift flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • Lightly beat eggs and add vanilla in a small bowl. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy.

Creaming the butter and sugar is VERY important to get a fluffy texture to the cake crumb.

Please make sure you use your mixer and cream until you see the color of the butter turn almost white. It will take you around 5 – 7 minutes for this to happen, and it is worth the extra time taken!

Salted Caramel Celebration Cake. Consistency of cake batter
  • Add the dulce de leche and combine. Add egg mixture a little at a time to the batter. Then add half the flour, then milk, then the rest of flour.
Adding flour to cake batter
  • Transfer the cake batter mixture equally into the 2 baking tins
  • and bake 30 - 35 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
Salted Caramel Celebration Cake. Cooling in pan
  • Allow the cakes to rest for 2 minutes then remove from pans and place UPSIDE DOWN on a cooling rack.

Allow to COMPLETELY cool before frosting.

Please note, bake times will vary slightly so please check for doneness after 25 – 30 minutes of baking.

For the Whipped Cream Frosting

  • Mix the gelatin in the hot water and let dissolve for 5 mins. Add a little cream into the gelatin mixture.
Gelatin mixture for cake
  • Whip the cream until soft peaks adding the sugar slowly. Add the vanilla extract.
Salted Caramel Celebration Cake, whipped cream consistency

Then add the gelatin mixture and dulce de leche and whip till stiff peaks.

Salted Caramel Celebration Cake, whipped cream consistency
  • Spread some frosting on the surface of one cake, place the other cake on top and frost the sides and top of the whole cake.
  • Decorate the top of the cake by drizzling the dulce de leche over it, then adding the chocolate pretzels around the edge of the cake to form a mini wall. Then add the caramel popcorn in the middle.
Salted Caramel Celebration Cake is perfect for a party. Homemade layers of soft caramel cake and layers of salted caramel frosting then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and salted caramel popcorn.
  • Refrigerate for at least an hour so the cake can firm up before slicing.
Salted Caramel Celebration Cake is perfect for a party. Homemade layers of soft caramel cake and layers of salted caramel frosting then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and salted caramel popcorn.

Storing the cake

The cake serves 10 - 12 slices, depending on how large you want the portions and will keep for a few days refrigerated.

So if you wanted to make ahead, you could do that and simply take along to your party or serve at home with friends. 

You can also make the cake part ahead, cover in well-wrapped plastic wrap, and freeze. Nearer the time, simply make up the frosting and assemble ready to serve. Just remember, the frosting uses fresh cream so you will need to keep that refrigerated.

We'd love to hear from you and what you thought of our recipe. Did you make any changes or add some other ingredients? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!

Salted Caramel Celebration Cake is perfect for a party. Homemade layers of soft caramel cake and layers of salted caramel frosting then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and salted caramel popcorn.

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Salted Caramel Celebration Cake is perfect for a party. Homemade layers of soft caramel cake and layers of salted caramel frosting then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and salted caramel popcorn.

Amazing Salted Caramel Celebration Cake

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Amazing Salted Caramel Celebration Cake is perfect for a party. Homemade layers of soft caramel cake and layers of salted caramel frosting then topped with chocolate covered pretzels and salted caramel popcorn.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup or 250 g butter, softened

  • 1 cup or 200 g Regular or Castor Sugar

  • 1 & 1/2 or 190 g cups AP flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 Cup or 80 ml Milk

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 
3 Tablespoons Dulce De Leche plus a pinch of salt added


The frosting

  • 1 & 3/4 cups or 400 ml of whipping or heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons gelatin powder
  • 2 Tablespoons hot water
  • 5 Tablespoons of Dulce De Leche plus 1/2 teaspoon of salt added

The Decoration

  • 6 - 10 chocolate covered pretzels
  • 1 cup salted caramel popcorn
  • 6 Tablespoons Dulce De Leche plus a pinch of salt added

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 160 C, 325 F. Grease and line flour two 8 inches or 20 cm loose-bottomed round cake tins.
    2. Sift flour, salt, and baking powder. 
    3. Lightly beat eggs and add vanilla in a bowl. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
    4. Add the dulce de leche and combine. Add egg mixture a little at a time to the batter. Then add half the flour, then milk, then the rest of flour.
    5. Transfer the cake batter mixture equally into the 2 baking tins and bake 30 - 35 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
    6. Allow the cakes to rest for 2 minutes then remove from pans and place UPSIDE DOWN on a cooling rack.
    7. Allow to COMPLETELY cool before frosting.
    8. For the Whipped Cream Frosting, mix the gelatin in the hot water and let dissolve for 5 mins. Add a little cream into the gelatin mixture.
    9. Whip the cream until soft peaks adding the sugar slowly. Add the vanilla extract.
    10. Then add the gelatin mixture and dulce de leche and whip till stiff peaks.
    11. Spread some frosting on the surface of one cake, place the other cake on top and frost the sides and top of the whole cake.
    12. Decorate the top of the cake by drizzling the dulce de leche over it, then adding the chocolate pretzels around the edge of the cake to form a mini wall. Then add the caramel popcorn in the middle. 
    13. Refrigerate for at least an hour so the cake can firm up before slicing.

Notes

* See below if you'd like to make your own using our recipes for the following:

Chocolate pretzels

Salted caramel popcorn

Dulce De Leche

NOTE: Creaming the butter and sugar is VERY important to get a fluffy texture to the cake crumb.

Please make sure you use your mixer and cream until you see the color of the butter turn almost white. It will take you around 5 - 7 minutes for this to happen, and it is worth the extra time taken!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 587Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 152mgSodium: 689mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 1gSugar: 42gProtein: 8g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate

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