December 20, 2017

Grandma’s Chocolate Cake with Caramel Icing

Chocolate Cake with Caramel Icing

This chocolate cake is super moist and topped with the most decadent caramel icing. My Grandma has been making this family recipe for as long as I can remember. Every time we went for a visit to Grandma’s house this delicious cake was always waiting for us.

Chocolate Cake with Caramel Icing

Chocolate Cake with Caramel Icing

Chocolate Cake with Caramel Icing

Chocolate Cake with Caramel Icing

With Christmas only days away I find myself reflecting on all of my blessings. I’m very fortunate to come from a large extended family where love, support and wholesome food have always been in abundance.

Ultimately, this cake reminds me of Grandma’s house. A place where you always feel unconditionally loved and cared for. As a child, there was no place I would rather be than Grandma’s house.

So as my Christmas gift to you, all of my loyal readers, I am sharing a family recipe that I hold very dear. May your holidays be filled with the warmth and love of Grandma’s house. From my family to yours Merry Christmas! xo

Chocolate Cake with Caramel Icing

Chocolate Cake with Caramel Icing

Chocolate Cake

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • ²⁄3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 ²⁄3 cups flour
  • ²⁄3 cup cocoa
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups boiling water

Caramel Icing

  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups icing sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch cake pan.
  2. Combine sugar, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla. Beat well with a hand mixer.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Once combined slowly add to sugar/oil mixture. Next add boiling water and mix well.
  4. Pour batter into a greased pan and bake for approximately 50 minutes. While cake is baking prepare icing.
  5. Melt butter in a sauce pan. Mix in brown sugar. Boil and stir over low heat for 2 minutes. Add milk and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  6. Cool to lukewarm and add icing sugar. Beat the icing until its thick enough to spread. If it’s too thick add a few drops of hot water.
  7. Once the cake has baked and cooled spread icing over the top.

This post is in collaboration with the Life’s Simple Ingredient campaign. All opinions are my own.


  1. What a great recipe! Love all your photos. Looks delicious.

  2. I absolutely LOVE heirloom family recipes that are passed down through the generations. Your grandma’s chocolate cake looks extremely scrumptious! And oooh that frosting – yum! Thanks so much for sharing this special recipe that’s close to your heart. Happy holidays to you and your family.

  3. Hurray for chocolate cake! That caramel icing looks SO good. My memory of holidays at my grandma’s was her chocolate pie. She didn’t always make it, but it was there most holidays and she’ll still make it a couple times a year for us! My daughter’s the newest chocolate pie addict. =)

  4. This cake looks amazing! Chocolate and Caramel is my favorite flavor combination. I can’t wait to try this cake very soon!

  5. This look so simple and yummy!

  6. Yum. That sounds delicious. I never used to like caramel but love it now so I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  7. Wow! That cake looks like Heaven!
    I love your blog, and I’ve nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award! You can see your nomination here: Congratulations, and Happy New Year!

  8. This looks absolutely delicious. My family is in love with chocolate cake, so they’ll love this recipe!

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