Rolo Cake

Image of a rolo cake on a platter

This Rolo Cake is decadent, delicious, and the best piece of cake that will ever enter your mouth. Made with Rolos and milk chocolate caramel frosting, this easy cake recipe should be your go-to for birthdays and more!

The Best Birthday Cake Recipe

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.


How to Make a Rolo Cake with Caramel:

So 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:

Homemade Milk Chocolate Caramel Frosting Recipe:

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!

Tips on Making Chocolate Caramel Frosting:

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

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 2 hr 35 min
  • Yield: Frosts a 9" cake 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


This Rolo Cake is decadent, delicious, and the best piece of cake that will ever enter your mouth. Made with Rolos and milk chocolate caramel frosting, this easy cake recipe should be your go-to for birthdays and more!


  • 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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104 Responses
  1. 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!

  2. Heather

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!

  5. Laurel

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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 🙂

  10. 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.

  11. melissa

    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.

  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. MelindaB

    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.

  15. 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

  16. Melissa

    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!!!!

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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