Rolo Cake

So Friday was my birthday.
It’s ok you didn’t get me anything, I mean…

I really don’t NEED anything, honestly.

So yeah, don’t feel bad at all that you didn’t get me a gift.

Really, I swear it’s fine.



Ok, now I feel bad that you feel bad.

So since you insist, I really want this, and these and maybe these?

Since you’re asking and all.


I totally know how embarrassing it is when you forget someone’s most special day.

My boys went to the mall all by themselves and picked out a present for me.  No coaching from my husband either.

Wanna know what they got me?

A cheese grater.


Sometimes I feel like no one really gets me.


And just to let you know, I had to make my own birthday cake.

Which I am almost positive is against the law.

And you know what I didn’t use when I was making my cake?

My new cheese grater.


But it’s all good.

Ok, eww, I just said, “it’s all good”.  Now you hate me.


What I mean is, it all turned out ok in the end.

Because I decided to get a little jazzy with my cake.  You know since I was MAKING IT MYSELF FOR MY MOST SPECIAL DAY.

I made Rolo Cake.  Which is my new invention.

It a butter cake, swirled with caramel, topped with milk chocolate, caramel frosting.



And I may or may not have sprinkled some flaked sea salt all up on my slice.

You know I did.

You should too.

PhotobucketSo let’s begin.


I used THIS recipe from my friend Amy’s site, She Wears Many Hats.  Do you know Amy?  I love and adore her.

Annnd her yellow cake is one of my most favorites.


So yeah,  I made her cake exactly like she says.

Except…right before I baked it I drizzled 1/4 cup of caramel sauce into each layer.
PhotobucketThen I swirled it around…
PhotobucketSo after they were baked, they looked like this:

Next, the frosting.

This is where I took matters into my own hands.
I wanted to mimic the flavors of a Rolo candy, so I decided on milk chocolate, caramel frosting.  Milk Chocolate Caramel.  MILK CHOCOLATE CARAMEL!

Get excited people!

First I boiled some sugar and water together. And get this…NO CANDY THERMOMETER NECESSARY!
Praise Jesus!
PhotobucketI just let it boil…
Just like that for about 10 minutes. It will get a nice amber color.
Here’s where it gets serious…I poured in some heavy cream and stirred that together until it was smooth.
Then pour that whole situation over a bowl of chocolate…
Photobucket*note ~ the photo above is deceiving…the color of the cream and caramel mixture was darker than the picture appears.  I had some weird lighting going on*

Ok, moving on…

Now just stir the chocolate mixture up.  The heat of the caramel will melt the chocolate and you will have a glorious bowl of this…
Now here’s the hard part.
You have to stick that in the fridge for at least an hour, until it’s cooled.
It’s a long hour.
I stirred it a few times when it was in there, so it cooled evenly.
When it’s finally cool, get some butter ready. Room temperature please…
PhotobucketAnd cut it into cubed pieces and mix it in the bowl of chocolate.
PhotobucketSigh, sigh.

Sorry to do this to you again, but it needs to chill some more…about an hour, but I left mine overnight.
*Just let it come up to room temperature before frosting your cake!

When you’re ready to frost your cake, give the frosting a good stir…
PhotobucketI spread the bottom layer with a generous helping of frosting and spread it evenly over cake.
Then, for good measure I spread about 2 tablespoons of jarred caramel sauce over the frosting, extending it about an inch away from the edge.
PhotobucketI placed the other layer on and frosted the entire cake.
PhotobucketI garnished the cake with some Rolo candies and then, since I had a little extra caramel, I decided to give it a drizzle.
Why not, right?
PhotobucketHappy Birthday to me!


Cake recipe HERE with the addition of 1/2 cup caramel, divided into each layer and swirled before baking.

I also used 2 Tbsp of jarred caramel sauce in the middle of the layer cake, as  per instructions above, as well as a little extra for drizzling.



Milk Chocolate Caramel Frosting


makes enough frosting to generously frost a 9″ layer cake.


  • 18 oz milk chocolate chips (about 3 cups)
  • 12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 sticks room temperature unsalted butter, cut into cubes


  1. Pour your chocolate chips into a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a medium sauce pan combine water and granulated sugar on medium heat. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes until it turns an amber color.
  3. When mixture reaches amber color turn heat down to medium low and slowly pour in your heavy cream. Stir continuously until it incorporated and smooth.
  4. Pour caramel mixture over your chocolate in the bowl.
  5. Stir until all the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  6. Place bowl in refrigerator for an hour, until chocolate is cooled. I stirred mine a few times within the hour, to help it cool evenly.
  7. When chocolate is cooled, remove from fridge and mix with a hand mixer until the chocolate becomes a spreadable consistency. Don’t over-mix at this point.
  8. Add in you butter and beat until frosting is smooth. Place frosting back in refrigerator at least another hour, or overnight.
  9. Let frosting come back to room temperature when ready to frost cake.


I made the frosting the night before I made the cake, since there is some chilling time necessary.
recipe adapted from epicurious


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I’m not one to routinely comment, though I make goodies from your wonderful site on a regular basis. But OMG. That looks incredible and needs to be recreated in my kitchen post haste. Thanks in advance. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

tina kirslis

My mom is turning 80 on Saturday and had hip surgery her favorite candies are rolos’ so I will be making this. On the caramel sauce you swirled into the cake is that jarred as well? Thank you for sharing this its going to make her day


Happy Belated Birthday…and that cake looks awesome! Now I need Rolo Cake. All I have are some S’mores Bars that my daughter and I made today in belated celebration of National S’mores Day.

Aimee @ ShugarySweets

Happy Birthday!!! This cake looks divine!

Kate @ Our Best Bites

Holy evil evil evil. That looks AMAZING.

Marie B.

Happy Birthday and I asked my daughter, ” isn’t it your birthday, too?”. Lol. Of course, I know it isn’t, but it should be! That cake looks sooo good, cause I love Chocolate!

Anyway, I hope your day was great and I really need a new cheese grater if you don’t!


So funny, we have the exact same list of wants…and now this cake is on my list. Oh, those swirls. Adore, absolutely adore this cake Shelly!

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist

Looks amazing! What a lucky birthday girl! For my birthday, I almost always make my own cake, which, I think you’re right, is against the law. But this year, I did me one better, and because I was out of town for the weekend, I bought my own birthday cupcakes! At least we both enjoyed our birthdays this weekend!
I love your love of Rolos 🙂
Oh…and no Coach here either

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

This looks so fabulous! Love this idea!


Happy belated birthday! This cake looks absolutely AMAZING! I love all the elements that make it up.


This cake looks great, I can’t wait to try it. As for making your own bday cake I have made my own cake for the past 3 years 🙂 I like making my own that way I get just what I wanted.

Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking}

First of all, happy belated birthday. A cheese grater? Oh dear! And I have to bake my own birthday cake too. I’m pretty sure that is against the law.

The rolo cake looks amazing and oh so chocolatey. I’m wanting to lick the screen.


Happy late Birthday!!! 🙂 I’m pretty darn glad you made your own cake because this looks ridiculous….I <3 rolos!

Averie @ Averie Cooks

Okay this post and the cake took you some TIME but it was 100% worth it – Love Rolo and a great yellow cake. And caramel sauce!!

And of course, Happy Bday (on Smores Day, no less)! is forgotten. Not even kidding. One of these years, if it’s remembered, I’ll be in shock 🙂


Happy belated birthday! You totally should not have to make your own birthday cake, but this one looks amazing. Yum!!


Happy Birthday!


Happy Birthday! This cake looks amaaaaaaaaazing. And I love your nail polish!


I don’t know how I am doing it but I’m giving up chocolate/baked desserts for at least 30 days… If this cake was around me I’d have to sneak in a slice or 2. That looks amazing!


I somehow almost always end up making my own cake on my birthday. Okay, FINE it’s because I am a control freak and want what I want and think no one else will be able to make what I want. But whatever.

This is now on the short-list for next year. Just saying.


Eeeek. Happy Birthday to you indeed. This is one helluva cake and ALMOST makes up for the cheese grater present which I’m sure has a time and place in grating some AWESOME cheese at one point or another.


that looks sinful!

happy birthday!!!!

Glory/ Glorious Treats

I’m sorry you had to make your own cake… but so glad you made such a delicious one!! This looks absolutely incredible!!!


We have the same birthday! How special, wish i had had this recipe. Had to make my own cake too and pick out my present. This cake would have made the day really special for me.

Back for Seconds

I’m sad you had to make your own cake but the upside? You got to eat the best cake ever! The recipe sounds killer and the pictures are drool inducing. Side note: i don’t know if you were purposely going for nail polish that looks like sprinkles, but I LOVE IT!
Oh, and I want those jeans too! Happy birthday!!


Seriously drool worthy stuff!! Also, happy birthday!! I’m sure the cake made you forget all about the cheese grater … just for a little while

Amy K

Happy Belated Birthday! Your birthday cake looks amazing.

Emily @ Life on Food

I don’t think I could have given you anything better than that bowl of frosting. I would be happy with that for my birthday. Absolutely wonderful!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet

A very happy and sweet birthday to you! What a way to celebrate:-)

Meghan @ Domestic Sugar

Holy Cow that looks good!!!! I’ve made my own cake for my own birthday, there is no shame in it! In fact, I would almost guess they WANTED you to make your own cake so you could do something like this…. I know I would 🙂 Happy Birthday.

Cookbook Queen

BOOOOOOO to making your own birthday cake.

But YAY to making it so awesome!! I hope you didn’t share with anyone 😉


Maybe I’m alone, but I LOVE making my own birthday cake. Baking is so fun,and there are so many awesome recipes to try, that I’d feel ripped off if someone made some random cake for me. I love the process!
Anyway, your cake looks incredible.


Pinned this yesterday and I still want a piece today! 🙂

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

Happy belated birthday!! This cake looks incredible! And I’d totally be the person at the party trying to sneak away with one of the rolos on top while no one is looking lol. Love rolos!


Happy Birthday! I can’t wait to try this glorious baking invention. Or maaaaybe just curl up with a bowl of that frosting… Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

sally @ sallys baking addiction

beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL cake Shelly! Happy birthday to you, indeed!!!!!!! I’m saving this bad boy to make for my own birthday next year. I obviously won’t be able to wait until then soooo I may have to make it for my half birthday, which is every reason to eat a rolo cake. That frosting looks and sounds incredible, too. I’ve had chocolate frosting and salted caramel frosting but NEVER milk chocolate caramel frosting. So creative!

Brian @ A Thought For Food

Oh my goodness… my father loves Rolos. I think he’d go crazy if he saw this cake.

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Happy birthday you amazing temptress you! This cake looks amazing and I do believe it is now on my must-make-soon-as-remotely-possible list.


What a beautiful cake, Shelly!! And umm, I make my own birthday cakes now too. 😀 Much better that way.

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

Happy birthday again!! I totally believe in making one’s own birthday cake–that way you can make sure it’s entirely up to your standards. 😉

Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

Oh boy, what an incredible looking cake! I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

Donna D.

Happy Birthday!! You and I have the same birthday, awesome! I’m kinda thinking I need to celebrate again this weekend and make this cake 🙂


Happy Birthday! This cake looks so amazing!! Megan

Carla @ Carlas Confections

Seriously, could that get any better?!? I am really not sure! Happy Birthday to you! I will make this cake just for you… and well… ME to enjoy it!


Today is my birthday and nobody makes me a birthday cake either! Sure wish I had that one, it looks so delicious, I would love a piece right now. But, I will have to make do with the fact that I am not making my own cake this year!

Kathy Linklater

You make me laugh. Every. Time.


Did you know there is such thing as a chocolate orgasm? This could cause one, I think! Seriously though, happy birthday!


Happy Birthday. Hope your day was great!

Anne @ Have a Cookie!
Happy birthday Shelley! Don’t feel bad about having to make your own b-day cake. I had a “big” birthday last year and made my own cake: Sprinkle Bakes’ “Peanut Butter Cup Caramel Chocolate Cake Cheesecake” at I only made two layers instead of the four she did, I poured the ganache over the cake instead of whipping it into icing but I did make the peanut butter frosting to pipe on top and garnished with pb cups. My birthday is next month so I think I’ll follow that one with your Rolo Cake. There is nothing better than caramel… Read more »

I will definately have to try swirling the carmel into my next cake.


You didn’t receive my gift???? Must be the ding dang postal service ~ 🙂

Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday anyway. This cake looks like pure decadence! I’ve never had a rollo but I’ll bet the grandkids have and I know they would love this chocolate creation. My mother always made an Italian Cream Cake for my birthday ~ it’s been years and I still miss it terribly. Guess I should start making my own cake too.