I’m making this delicious five-ingredient treat in honor of my mom. She loves German Chocolate Cake above all else! It has a gooey, caramel center that makes it feel decadent. And the chocolate chips are a bonus.

My mom loves hers with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and I’ve definitely followed in her footsteps. After all, Mother does know best!

german chocolate cake

German Chocolate Caramel Cake

Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This five-ingredient cake is in honor of my mom, who loves German Chocolate Cake above all else. The gooey, caramel center in this cake makes it a decadent dessert.


  • 1 package (11 ounces) caramels
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk, divided
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package German chocolate cake mix regular size)
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350-degrees.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt caramels with 1/4 cup milk and stir until smooth. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Beat in dry cake mix and remaining milk.
  3. Spread half of the dough into a greased 13 x 9 inch baking pan and bake at 350-degrees for 6 minutes. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  4. Gently spread caramel mixture over chips. Drop remaining dough by tablespoonfuls over caramel layer. Return to the oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Let cool and serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.


Remember, you can bake this in a bigger sheet pan, or a smaller, more traditional square pan for thicker brownies!

Here’s a little note from my kitchen! If you bake the cake in a 13×9 pan, the squares will be a bit thinner. Since they’re so rich, this is how I prefer to bake them.

But if you’re a person that likes a thicker brownie, opt for a 9×9 pan or a smaller, square pan. Just be sure to adjust the timing a bit.

Bake the first layer for about 8 minutes and the top layer for 17 to 20 minutes (depending on your oven). The batter should be baked and set, just be mindful not to let it burn!

If you haven’t noticed, I love recipes with just a few ingredients. This one is perfect for anyone looking for a simple weeknight treat!

Of course, I have a few other easy desserts including my No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake, 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies, and White Chocolate Key Lime Pie.

But this German Chocolate Caramel Cake? It disappears just as fast as I make it! And to quote my daughter Kylie, “They’re almost TOO good!”

From my kitchen to yours,


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