Caramel Cake

Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

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114 Responses

  1. culinography says:

    Hmmm… my cake was nice and moist. Dry or not, yours looks gorgeous! I agree – yellow cake w/ the frosting would be tasty, too!

  2. rainbowbrown says:

    It looks beautiful. Love the dusting!

  3. Dolores says:

    I love your Peruvian twist. Thanks for baking with us this month.

  4. natalia says:

    Ciao ! What a nice idea ! I used biancomangiare but it’s made with toasted almonds milk and cornflour !

  5. Cristine says:

    Great job! I bet the frosting would be delicious on a yellow cake! YUM!

  6. RecipeGirl says:

    Looks wonderful!

  7. Bellini Valli says:

    You accomplished yet another Daring Baker challenge with finesse:D

  8. Steph says:

    I like your twist on this month’s challene. You did such a great job frosting the cake. I increased the baking powder too.. this was really dense (almost like a blondie except not as butter heavy)

  9. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A beautiful cake! Such cakes are always sweet (how else can they be, especially when there’s frosting?), but I never found it overly sweet… Great job!Cheers,Rosa

  10. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A beautiful cake! Such cakes are always sweet (how else can they be, especially when there’s frosting?), but I never found it overly sweet… Great job!Cheers,Rosa

  11. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A beautiful cake! Such cakes are always sweet (how else can they be, especially when there’s frosting?), but I never found it overly sweet… Great job!Cheers,Rosa

  12. Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats says:

    A lovely cake! Excellent baking as always. Yes, I am looking forward to your Peruvian caramel recipe.

  13. Dana McCauley says:

    I must live with sweet tooths. My son and husband devoured this cake! they really loved it.

  14. Aparna says:

    The caramel syrup substitution sounds very interesting. I think it would pair well with the cake.My cake was dense but it was moist too. But too sweet for me. No one else complained though.:)

  15. strawberriesinparis says:

    mmm manjar blanco! cool!

  16. Sugar Chef says:

    Can’t wait for your post on Manjar Blanco. Nice job on your cake and congratulations on getting it done.

  17. Passionate About Baking says:

    Sounds good to me Gretchen & I cant wait to see the post you are working on. My cake was heavy & dense too, & the frosting was definitely addictive. xoxo

  18. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Peruvian Twist Cake! That’s a good one. Really like the little cake size you did with this one.

  19. Sara says:

    my cake was dense, but still very nice. yours looks great, and i agree that the frosting was sweet but lovely.

  20. vibi says:

    I love the idea of making little cakes… and the sprinkling on top, too cute!Beautiful accomplished challenge, Gretchen!

  21. Engineer Baker says:

    I definitely liked this better the second day. And yes, that frosting was addictive – dangerous!

  22. Medhaa says:

    love your cake, the frosting was a bit sweet for me but others loved it

  23. Eat4Fun says:

    Your cake looks great! The variation using manjar blanco sound delicious!

  24. Erin says:

    Your cake looks great! I love the variation you made.

  25. myfoodsafari says:

    gretchen, my cake was moist but dense. So was it too sweet for you?

  26. CookiePie says:

    Your cake looks so beautiful! I love the Peruvian touches you added.

  27. Clumbsy Cookie says:

    Nice “peruvianization”! It looks wonderful!

  28. Leslie says:

    Dry?? wonder why? hmmmm.It still looks stunning!ohhhhh the frosting! I wish I still had some left!

  29. pinkstripes says:

    Gorgeous cake. YUM!

  30. Fran Z says:

    Lovely cake- I have tried a choc cake with this icing (by request) and it was wonderful.

  31. Di says:

    Your cake looks lovely. I definitely want to try this frosting with other kinds of cake.

  32. Gretchen Noelle says:

    Michelle – No clue as to why it was a bit drier than I would have liked. Maybe I will have to make it again!Rainbow Brown – Thanks! I thought it was a nice fall addition.Dolores – Thank you! It was my make it or forget it moment.Natalia – MMMmmmm, sounds like an interesting twist!Christine – Yes, I imagine that combo as delicious!Recipe Girl – Thanks!Bellini valli – A whole year…amazing!Steph – Thanks! It was dense. I would like to try the frosting with something else.Rosa – I loved the salty sweet sensation of the frosting. Sherry Trifle – Thanks! Yes! I need to post it!!Dana – Glad to hear those in your house loved it.Aparna – The Manjar was wonderful in this. Glad your family enjoyed the cake!Strawberries in Paris – It was delicious!Sugar Chef – I will get to it quickly! THanks!Passionate About Baking – Thanks! Yes, addicting is hardly the beginning of it!Tanna – Hehe! Thanks, I made two 8″ layers to take as a cake to Thanksgiving and a few baby cakes for me!Sara – I enjoyed the frosting quite a bit but yes the cake was not as light as I typically enjoy.Vibi – Thanks! I like little cakes. I thought the leaf was perfect for fall.Engineer Baker – Seems as though the flavors just blended, no?Medhaa – I was one of those who loved the frosting. It was all about the salt.Eat4Fun – Thanks, I enjoyed it!Erin – Thanks!My Food Safari – I think I added enough salt that instead of sweet, it was just addictive!CookiePie – Thanks!Clumbsy Cookie – Thanks, I enjoyed it that way!Leslie – Not sure, but that is okay. I still ate it up…especially the frosting!Pinkstripes – Thanks!Fran – I was thinking the chocolate cake with this would be good.Di – Yes! I cannot wait to see what else it may be good with!

  33. TeaLady says:

    Very pretty. It was pretty sweet, so any idea to cut the ‘sweet’ would be great. Nice job.

  34. Harmony says:

    Beautiful cake. I love the leaf on top, very festive.

  35. hexe says:

    Your cake rose wonderfully. I enjoyed reading about your “daring” substitutions!

  36. Shari@Whisk: a food blog says:

    I have to say the frosting was my favorite part (second to the caramels!). I like your stencil decoration on top!

  37. Elra says:

    Wow, replacing the caramel with manjar blanco suddently sounds very tempting. I can’t wait for you to post the recipe.Your cake looks fantastic!Cheers,Elra

  38. Meryl says:

    Very pretty! I love the dusting/stencil you did on top.

  39. Megan says:

    Interesting what the Peruvians had to say. Not many people can tolerate that much sweetness in one dessert. I am very interested in the Manjar Blanco. Can’t wait to see it!

  40. Jasmine says:

    Lovely cake!It must have been delicious with manjar blanco. I had the chance to try this sweet when I was in Peru. So addictive! I love it.

  41. Audax Artifex says:

    We do a similar thing in Australia (with the condensed milk, place one unopened can in the oven for one hour and you will have caramel syrup, love the look of the cake. Great photos thanks for the comments on my blog. Happy Holidays from Audax

  42. Honey Pickles says:

    Your cake looks great. Bravo!

  43. fruittart says:

    What lovely little cakes you made! Congrats on completing the challenge with a Peruvian twist.

  44. jillian says:

    It looks beautiful even if your guests didnt love it :) !

  45. Lauren says:

    Ooo, your cakes look awesome! I also found that they tasted better the next day – and for moistness, it’s kind of random, but I find that putting them in a really airproof container works. Sometimes that can make it too moist though, if they last that long =D.

  46. Claire says:

    Looks great! The cake I was talking about that my parents like is actually a yellow cake with a darker caramel, almost fondant, icing. It’s DELICIOUS! Sorry you didn’t quite get the compliments you wanted…I’m sure it was yummy!

  47. Michelle Dargen says:

    That sounds delish! Manjar Blanco sounds a lot like the dulce de leche I make. I almost used that instead too!

  48. Shaheen @ Ambrosia says:

    Your cake looks gorgeous. Like your twist to recipe.

  49. Rysheda says:

    Your cake looks yummy. I totally agree with you about the icing. I am excited to use brown butter in the future, but maybe to flavor a whipped cream icing with reduced sugar. Great job!

  50. Susan/Wild Yeast says:

    Very lovely! Is Manjar Blanco the same as dulce de leche?

  51. lilmizlynn says:

    Your cake looks great and wonderful twist on the challenge!

  52. my food affair says:

    you cake looks so beautiful! bianco mangiare sounds really yummy, i can’t wait to try it myself. -kk

  53. Cynthia's Blog says:

    Way to make this cake Your Own. I loved it.

  54. Cynthia's Blog says:

    Way to make this cake Your Own. I loved it.

  55. Cynthia's Blog says:

    Way to make this cake Your Own. I loved it.

  56. Andreia Sousa says:

    Liked your adaptation and it looks very good.

  57. Aran says:

    i am intrigued by manjar blanco now. i bet t tasted delicious!

  58. Gretchen Noelle says:

    Tea Lady – I used at least a teaspoon of salt. Peruvian salt…which is powdery and just tastes different (and better). Harmony – Thanks!Hexe – The baby cakes rose wonderfully, but the larger ones did not.Shari – Mmmm…yes, the frosting was perfect!Elra – I will get to it quick like!Meryl – Thanks!Megan – Yes, most Peruvians enjoy a different style of dessert than Americans.Jasmine – I had no idea you were in Peru!! When? Where?Audax Artifex – SOunds like the typical method people use to make dulce de leche. Thanks!Honey Pickles – Thank you!Fruittart – Thanks, I enjoy making things “Peruvian.”Jillian – I enjoyed it quite a bit, so no worries!Lauren – Thank you. Usually I don’t have too much of a problem with moistness since it is so humid here. But maybe next time I will try that.Claire – I do love yellow cake and I think Yellow cake with caramel would be incredible!Michelle – Manjar Blanco is rather similar to dulce de leche. It was a perfect substitution.Shaheen – Thanks!Rydesha – Yes, I think whipped cream would be a lovely compliment to this cake.Susan – They are similar. It is like Peru’s version of dulce de leche.Lilmizlynn – Thank you!My Food Affair – Thank you. It is rather delicious! Mmmm…Cynthia – Thank you!Andreia – Thank you, it was tasty!Aran – It was delicious! Thanks!

  59. ingegerd says:

    your cake looks fantastic!!=)

  60. BC says:

    We love Manjar Blanco in this house but we call it sucre a la creme. I’m not sure that is even the right term.You’re right. The cake would be delicious with it and it had me thinking the same thought.I do the compeletely unorthodox method of boiling the unopened can of sweetened condensed milk. How do you make your’s?

  61. culinarytravelsofakitchengoddess says:

    What a beautiful cake, great job on the challenge!!

  62. Lori says:

    I waited til the Thanksgiving craziness to make this as well.

  63. maybelle's mom says:

    I agree, the frosting was a little addictive. But, I could see this was an acquired taste.

  64. maybelle's mom says:

    I agree, the frosting was a little addictive. But, I could see this was an acquired taste.

  65. maybelle's mom says:

    I agree, the frosting was a little addictive. But, I could see this was an acquired taste.

  66. glamah16 says:

    Sorry the guestd didnt like it. Americains tend to like more sweet.But it looks great.

  67. Gretchen Noelle says:

    Ingegerd = Thank you!BC – I will be getting a Manjar Blanco post up soon to share my method!CTKG – Thanks!Lori – Why oh why don’t I make it at the beginning of the month?!?Maybelle’s Mom – Mmm…yes the frosting…yum!Glamah – No worries, they ate it, it just wasn’t their favorite.

  68. Camille says:

    I like your spin on the cake and I am looking forward to your method for manjar blanco. Your cake looks yummy and I would have loved to taste it with the changes!

  69. Kerrie aka GFShaolin says:

    I loved your simple decoration on the cake!

  70. Half Baked says:

    Your cake looks great! I thought it tasted better the second day. Nice job:)

  71. Bumblebutton says:

    Nice job–hope the browned butter mess wasn’t too onerous. Manjar blanco sounds like a delicious treat!

  72. Natashya says:

    You are very brave to attempt the cake when you had so many other dishes to prepare!The cake looks great – I love the maple leaves on it. (I am Canadian)The Peruvian syrup was a great idea.

  73. Faery says:

    Hola Gretchen, me encanta tu torta se ve deliciosa :9. Gracias por visitar mi blog y por tu lindo comentario.Un abrazote desde Venezuela.

  74. madcapcupcake says:

    Your cake looks entirely delicious!! Beautiful photos :)

  75. Julia says:

    First let me say that I admire your Thanksgiving spirit! I know how difficult it can be to make an American feast in a foreign country. I also give you points for even making the cake when you had so many other things going on. You’re dedicated! And I’m with out (as you know) with the frosting. I think that would taste really good on French Toast, don’t you think?

  76. Jaime says:

    my cake was actually very moist; i’m sorry yours was a bit dry. interesting how you used the manjar – i’m not familiar w/that but it sounds delicious

  77. Gretchen Noelle says:

    Camille – Thanks, I will get that up as soon as I can. Kerrie – Thank you!Half Baked – Thank you. We agree then!Bumblebutton – Ugh, the browned butter…good thing I had planned to clean the kitchen already. Natashya – Thanks! I thought the leaf would be a nice fall touch!Faery – Muchisimas Gracias!!Julia – Thanks! Mmmm…on French toast? That does sound good!Jaime – I am not sure why mine lost some moisture. It is usually rather moist here.

  78. Joy says:

    Your sponge looks fantastic!

  79. MaryMary says:

    Wow–you make the cake look so tasty and moist. Looks phenomenal!

  80. abby says:

    how funny that you just recieved polite comments! my guests were much more greedy!

  81. Snooky doodle says:

    the cake looks nice. I m curious about the Manjar blanco. Please post about it :)

  82. Rebecca says:

    Good job with the challenge–and your substitutions sound very interesting!

  83. Argus Lou says:

    Whoa! That stencilling is so pretty and unusual. Love it!

  84. Amy says:

    I love your ideas for adaptations! And it turned out great – though I must say, that twofer pie looks AMAZING too.

  85. Cakelaw says:

    Delicious Gretchen! I am fascinated by the manjar blanco, and look forward to reading more about it.

  86. Tammy says:

    it looks lovely.

  87. Gretchen Noelle says:

    Joy – Thanks!MaryMary – Thanks! It was tasty!Abby – How funny. Snooky Doodle – Thanks, I will post it sometime soon.Rebecca – Thank you!Argus Lou – Thanks, I was hoping to make it fall-like.Amy – Thanks! Mmm…the twofer pie was tasty!Cakelaw – Thanks! I will share soon!Tammy – Thanks!

  88. Elle says:

    Your cakes look darling…did you bake the recipe twice? I think my guests were just being polite when they ate theirs, too…too sweet it seems, but pretty.

  89. Pat says:

    I love the sound of cooked down condensed milk — a dulce de leche. Your cake looks great!

  90. genkitummy says:

    Your cake sounds wonderful. That Manjar Blanco sounds like a yummy substitution to the recipe!

  91. Hannah says:

    Another beautiful job! And I can only imagine how rich it tasted with dulce de leche thrown in!

  92. Szkrabeka says:

    Looks fantastic! :))

  93. morgana says:

    Beatiful cake! It looks really deslicious and delicate.

  94. dolcigine says:

    Your cake looks great :-)!!! Yummy!!

  95. Gretchen Noelle says:

    Elle – I only baked it once, but would like to make it again soon.Pat – Thanks!Genkitummy – It was very yummy!Hannah – Thanks! It was delicious!Szkrabeka – Thanks!Morgana – Thanks, it was incredibly tasty!Dolcigine – Thanks so much!!

  96. Calm In The Kitchen says:

    I like your twist on the cake! I thought it was better the second day, with less frosting. But, I am not the frosting lady around here..my three year old only ate the frosting on her cake!Thanks for stopping by!

  97. Allie says:

    I agree I ate the frosting at room temp and really liked it! I had too much leftover for some reason, but I didn’t want it to be super sweet by adding 2 inches of frosting on top.

  98. Gina says:

    the Manjar Blanco sounds interesting. I look forward to your post.

  99. linda says:

    Love your idea to use manjar blanco to Peruvianize the cake!

  100. Deborah says:

    I think your twist sounds delicious! I agree that it was better the second day

  101. minisuperbias says:

    i love the leaf outline! the manjar blanco sounds great, I can’t wait to see a post about it :)

  102. SweetDesigns says:

    Gorgeous!! I love the little dusting leaf!! Too Beautiful!! Thanks for stopping by!!

  103. dailydelicious says:

    I like your decoration, simple but lovely.Ps. I think the cake is too sweet for me too.

  104. Regina says:

    I really like how you “Peruvianized” this cake! I also toyed with the idea of making the Maya Angelou version, but haven’t gotten around to that yet.

  105. Sandra Avital says:

    I can’t wait to hear more about Manjar Blanco.. sounds like dulce de leche with a peruvian twist.. yummy!

  106. Kait says:

    Looks gorgeous! Sorry it didn’t turn out quite as you had hoped.

  107. Katy says:

    gorgeous! i wish i’d made a cake!

  108. Lesley says:

    Nice job on the peruvian style cake! I like that you adapted other recipes to it as well.

  109. Beth says:

    I know this isn’t the point at all, but I adore the font that spells out “Caramel Cake.” It truely fits the assignment!

  110. Nawal says:

    Hi Gretchen Noelle,How are you ?Thank you for your visit and your very nice comment :-)I’m very excited about December’s challenge !

  111. Jenny says:

    I love the subtle decoration on top of your mini’s.

  112. Melissapher says:

    I agree about the caramel syrup. A little too involved. Next time, I think I’m going to put maple syrup or molasses in there instead.

  113. gfgastronaut says:

    Your cake looks very pretty… even if it was a tad dry. Good work.

  114. Vera says:

    The cake does look pretty! I’m sorry it wasn’t very well received.

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