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.

A slice of yellow cake with chocolate frosting on a plate with rolo candies

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.
Caramel sauce being poured over yellow cake batter in a panThen I swirled it around…
Caramel sauced swirled into vanilla cake batter in a panSo after they were baked, they looked like this:Two round vanilla caramel cakes on a cooling rack

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!
A pan of boiling sugar waterI 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…
A bowl of heavy cream with chocolate chips in the bottom*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…
A bowl of melted chocolate mixture in a bowlSigh.
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…
A stick of partially unwrapped softened butterAnd cut it into cubed pieces and mix it in the bowl of chocolate.
Chocolate batter in a bowl with a hand mixerSigh, 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…
Chocolate frosting in a bowl with a spoonI 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.
Round chocolate frosted cake with a pool of caramel sauce on topI placed the other layer on and frosted the entire cake.
Two round vanilla cake layers with chocolate frosting in the middleI 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?
Top view of a two-layer round yellow cake with chocolate frosting with caramel and rolo candiesHappy 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 Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time Total Time: 2 hr 35 min
  • Yield Yield: Frosts a 9" cake 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine 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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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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May 28, 2017 7:41 pm

I’m commenting because I found a local coffee shop (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) using the picture from this recipe to advertise their baked goods. It even still has the “cookies & cups” logo on it. *facepalm* Just thought I’d let you know since it’s both false advertising and stealing someone else’s copyright photos.

May 28, 2016 5:55 pm

just wondering whether there are any comments from people that actually made this cake. I see a lot of “it looks delicious” but i’m interested in some feedback from those who went on to make it themselves.

Alicia B
July 10, 2014 2:46 pm

So, I’m having a problem with the frosting- I don’t think the caramel worked out quite right. I boiled the water and sugar, but it never turned amber, I even boiled it for about 5 extra minutes to see if it would turn color. I went ahead and did the rest of the steps, and now it’s chilling after I mixed the butter in and it seems really loose and way lighter than yours. Will it firm up a lot as it chills? Or is it all messed up now because my caramel didn’t turn out?

August 18, 2013 7:44 pm

I am making this for my birthday on Tuesday. So excited. Just wondering if I can use milk instead of cream? Would you change the amount?

March 28, 2013 4:17 pm

Wow! I’ve just made the frosting tonight, in preparation for tomorrow, no words can explain.
Looking forward to baking the cake tomorrow, the only difference I have is that I couldn’t get straight caramel sauce from the shop so i’m using salted caramel. Fingers crossed x thank you so much!

March 12, 2013 9:31 pm

This sounds absolutely Delish! It’s definitely a recipe I am going to try! 🙂

November 23, 2012 6:53 pm

will the frosting recipe make enough to cover 3 (9 inch) layer cake? don’t know if i need to make double the frosting. thank you

November 1, 2012 10:17 am

Plese put caramel in the ingredients, see sausage has shit her tits

September 20, 2012 5:02 pm

Not going to lie, I’m a little annoyed that you didn’t publish my comment about how terrible and way-too-sweet and nasty the frosting was. Don’t you want other people to be informed before they make the recipe too?

September 21, 2012 5:07 pm
Reply to  Shelly

Chocolate chips 90% of the time have other ingredients to hold their shape in cookies and things. I don’t think sitting there with a bag of chocolate chips, eating one after another, would ever taste nearly as good as eating a real chocolate bar. So, frosting made with chocolate meant for eating on its own would likely be better than frosting made with chips meant for baking with. But I suppose that’s my preference. You do like sugary stuff, after all!

September 9, 2012 11:32 am

Belated Happy Birthday 🙂

Marie M.C.
September 7, 2012 10:34 pm

Happy Belated Birthday! I got you a cheese grater too. Guess I’ll save and use it myself — since you already have one. I’ve been baking my own birthday cake since I was seven or eight. My mother was one of the Top Ten All Time World’s Worst Cooks. Seriously. I’m NOT joking. If not for PB&J sandwichs and milk — I wouldn’t be here. Out of a desire to have an ediible cake — I bought a box of Duncan Hines Devil’s Food cake mix then whipped up some heavy cream with a little sugar and had the most… Read more »

August 31, 2012 1:11 pm

I am sorry I missed your birthday. Sorrier I didn’t get you a present and even sorrier still I can’t get you a decent present. I do send heartfelt thanks for the yummy recipe. Happy Belated Birthday.

August 17, 2012 8:39 pm

Happy birthday again!! Looks like it was a pretty good one! 🙂

Also, my birthday is February 19, I’ll be waiting by the door for you to bring me this cake. 😉

August 16, 2012 6:20 pm

Holy lord woman! I’m in love!!! (With both you and this cake!)

August 16, 2012 3:31 am

Oh my word! I love this. It is officially the 1st contender for my bday cake this year. I recently made Salted Caramel Rolo cupcakes on my blog and to have a cake version is just written in the stars ;). Happy birthday! Hope it was awesome and your cheese grater gives you lots of joy. I definately would have preferred shoes…or some Le Creuset if it had to be kitchen related 😉

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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