Crispy Chocolate Caramel Cake

filed under: White Cakes on August 13, 2012

This cake is completely inspired by a “100 Grand” candy bar.


Crispy Chocolate Caramel Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

This cake is completely inspired by a “100 Grand” candy bar.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crispy Chocolate Caramel Cake
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1/2 c 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/4 c Caramel Dessert Topping
  • 2 c sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c milk
  • 2 large eggs
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare two 8-inch round cake pans.
  2. Beat butter, eggs, and sugar in mixer on medium high speed. With mixer switched to low, slowly add in
  3. caramel topping, then switch mixer back to medium high. Blend for 1-2 minutes.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Alternating with the milk (beginning and ending with the flour) add flour mixture and milk to sugar mixture.

  5. Blend until just combined.
  6. Divide batter between two cake pans and bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature before assembling cake.



grand cake

Its a caramel cake drenched in caramel icing.  Rice Krispies cover the cake which is then covered in milk chocolate ganache.

Its pretty darn sweet.

I might so bold as to even say its the sweetest cake I have ever concocted.  Which is kinda saying a lot for me.  My blog doesn’t exactly equal “subtle flavor”.

Why do I make such really really not healthy things?  (said in my best three year old voice)

To assemble this cake I baked up a caramel cake. (Recipe inspired by one found on

I then melted a 12 ounce bag of caramel bits and 2 tbsp water over medium high heat.  Let the caramel cool for a few minutes away from the heat.  In my glorious KitchenAid stand mixer I added three cups of powder sugar.  When the caramel has cooled a bit, and with the mixer on low, slowly add caramel to powder sugar.  I then added almost 1/2 cup of heavy cream.

crispy caramel chocolate cake

Place one layer of caramel on cake stand and then add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of caramel frosting.  Place other caramel cake on top and cover with remaining caramel frosting.

Take one cup of Rice Krispies and press into caramel frosting.  Completely cover cake in Rice Krispies.  Place cake in fridge for 10 minutes to set up.

crispy cake

Prepare milk chocolate ganache.

Remove cake from fridge and place parchment strips around the base of cake stand.

Slowly pour milk chocolate ganache over cake.  Make sure top and sides are completely covered.  Place back in fridge until ready to serve.

grand cake

Tips for Success:

This cake is best the day its made.  On day two the Rice Krispies start to soften and lose their crunch, and while the great flavor is still there, the texture is not as appealing.

If your ganache is too runny (as mine was!) simply place in mixer and whip it.  I even added powder sugar in 1/2 cup increments to thicken my ganache.

grand cake

I am often inspired by weird things.  If you want to see some other examples, here are a few!

Oreo Covered Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake

Oreo and Heath Cake

Hydrangea Cake

Neapolitan Cake

Social Media Cake

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  • HeatherChristo says:

    To answer your three year old voice: Because these things are really, really good! This looks over-the-top delicious Amanda. I would LOVE to dive into a big slice right now!

    • Amanda says:

      You are just about the sweetest person I have ever met. Not to mention gorgeous! Thanks so much for the kind words!

  • Michelle says:

    This is my favorite candy bar… and I can’t wait to make the cake… There really needs to be more holidays so I have more excuses to make cake.

  • Gail says:

    Oh my word! What a concept! My hands started to shake a little when I read ‘100 Grand’!
    One of my favorite candy bars of all time!

    As usual, Amanda, it’s a beauty.
    (as are you!)

    • Amanda says:

      *blushing* You are SO sweet!! Thank you Miss Gail!

  • Erin @ The Food Doctors says:

    I LOVE the texture that the Rice Krispies give the cake. It’s gorgeous!

  • Niki A says:

    Yum! As a side note, you can also thicken ganache with more melted chocolate so it might not be as sweet.

    On a side note, you might want to bold your text on your watermark. I can barely see it and I’m looking for it, it might not help against folks trying to take your images if its not bigger.

    Love the site, want you to get credit for your work. 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks so much for the tips Niki! I have a digital copyright installed in the “backend” of my pictures, as well as the faint “iambaker” on the front. Thats about all I am comfortable with at this point… baby steps! 😉

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    This is absolutely beautiful!

  • Cassie says:

    Stunning!! I love that shot of the slice of cake. This is amazing!

  • Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} says:

    My first thought seeing this cake before reading anything was “holy crap, I need a slice!” And after reading, is still the same. Overly sweet works for me, I love it. And the caramel cake, mmmm. I love that you’ve covered it in rice krispies then topped it with chocolate ganache. I love a crunch to my desserts and this is just a marriage made in heaven.

  • Marci Johnson says:

    Oh My GOODness. This looks so yummy. I wish we were neighbors so I could come over and offer to help you eat this cake. I would also bake you yummy things- although I am not sure I could bake anything that would top your goodies.

  • Oh my, this looks so delicious! I love the crunch

  • marla says:

    Girl, you are amazing ~ I can not do subtle either. No need. Brilliant to use the rice krispie cereal in this cake!

  • Crystal {@phatbakes} says:

    Delicious and creative! A fave!

  • Elizabeth @ The Collegiate Baker says:

    I love the thin layer of Rice Krispies over this cake. Looking at the cake, you’d never know there was actual cake under there. I love seeing surprises on the inside of cakes, which is something you do so well! 🙂

  • Rachel says:

    Oh my god, what a great cake!

  • Amanda says:

    Gorgeous cake! Love the caramel and chocolate combo!! 🙂

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    I am a big fan of drenching 😉

  • Christina Main says:

    Oh heavens this looks yummy!

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    What a fun cake Amanda! I love the caramel and rice crispies combo!!! So much fun! I love that you are inspired by different things! Thus your surprise cakes 😀 Those are so much fun!!!

  • DessertForTwo says:

    So creative! Your creativity inspires me 🙂

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Woaah I love it!

  • Christina @ Diary of a Teenage Baker says:

    Rice krispies on a cake?! Why haven’t I ever thought of that?! My mouth is watering…

  • SeriousCakes says:

    I had the same problem when I tried to make a Whachamacallit cake, the Rice Krispies lost their crunch before we even got the cake to the party. Believe it or not I wrote to the company and asked if there was something special I could do to the cereal to help it retain its crisp and they simply said no. Period. 🙁 I wonder now though if the cereal was first coated in maybe chocolate….maybe?

  • susan says:

    I love the way you think. That was one of my favorite candy bars growing up (actually anything with caramel stole my heart). When I come to your house will you make this for me?

    • Amanda says:

      Um yes. If you came over you would get anything you wanted. Just sayin. 🙂

  • Deliciously Organic says:

    What a fantastic idea!! You always amaze me with your creativity!

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