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.

Right?

 

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

You know I did.

You should too.

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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:
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Homemade Milk Chocolate Caramel Frosting Recipe:

Beautifulllll.
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…
PhotobucketSigh.
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.

 

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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

Description:

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!


Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  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.

Notes:

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

Keywords:: rolo cake recipe, how to make a rolo cake, milk chocolate frosting recipe, caramel frosting recipe, milk chocolate caramel frosting, how to make milk chocolate caramel frosting, best birthday cake recipes, easy frosting recipe, how to make chocolate frosting, chocolate frosting recipe

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104 Responses
  1. Happy birthday, friend! Sorry you had to make your own cake but I’m assuming that means you got to eat it all too? 🙂 IT looks fantastic.
    Have fun with your cheese grater!

  2. by making your own cake, at least you get a good cake! that looks amazing Shelly! For my birthday my husband gets me a DQ cake…….which I HATE……but he LOVES hehe.

    Hope you had a great day girl!

  3. Ashley P

    Happy birthday!

    I don’t know if I can wait for my own birthday in May to make this… Good thing hubby’s birthday is in November and he likes caramel! 🙂

  4. Christine Shen

    Happy Birthday, Shelley!!! I’m totally going to make this for my birthday, too. Because, like you, no one else will bake for me. Sigh….
    🙂

  5. Aww. I think the cheese grater idea was nice! I’m sure they got it so that you could grate chocolate with it so you could have some pretty garnish on your birthday cake. 🙂

    Happy belated birthday! This cake looks insane. Love all the caramel and chocolate.

  6. Debra

    Just drooling as I look at that cake .. I’m diabetic so just can’t have it in my house.. it would call me .. until it was gone! Hope you had a wonderful birthday, and I can’t imagine you didn’t with that cake… you could use the cheese grater to grate chocolate …:)

  7. Hope your day was fantastic, the cake surely was. Sometimes only you can bake the best cake for your birthday. Mine is five months away but I may need this cake sooner. Love the fact that you didn’t use a thermometer for the caramel!

  8. 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.

    xo
    Pat

  9. 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 http://www.sprinklebakes.com/2011/03/peanut-butter-cup-chocolate-cake.html. 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 and chocolate!

  10. SWeetsugarbelle

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

  11. Nancy

    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!

  12. 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 🙂

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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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