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Your New Favorite Cake: Salted Caramel Bundt Cake [and 1 SECRET INGREDIENT]

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*updated 2020

I first created this Salted Caramel Bundt Cake 10 years ago for a National Bake Sale I was privileged to be a part of dedicated to ending childhood hunger. 100% of proceeds were donated to Share Our Strength – an amazing organization!  

In effort to earn big bucks for this incredible cause, I knew it had to appeal to every single sensory organ. At least as many as possible.

  • Sight: This caramel bundt cake is gorgeous, with a ribbed crumb texture
  • Touch: You can’t help but want to run your fingers along each rounded mound of this cake
  • Sound: It looks so good, you can imagine the way it sounds as you chew each and every morsel
  • Smell: The aroma of this cake wafts around the room that guides your nose to the prize

The second best thing next to taste was to appeal to the sense of smell. Since no one would be able to try this caramel bundt cake in advance, I wanted this cake to smell as good as it looked.

Let me tell you, this cake with salted caramel does just that! It has a delicious aroma due to its secret ingredient.

salted caramel bundt cake

What Compliments Salted Caramel?

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of salted caramel? Chocolate, right?

But that would be too obvious. What about bananas? Ice Cream? Apples? Popcorn? So bland! So white!

Secret Ingredient

I’m talking deep, rich, and sweet with just a little bit of a tart punch.


This pair of ingredients is so harmonious together. The orange brings out the buttery cream of the caramel, and adds a fruity balance to the yellow cake.

Your New Favorite Cake: Salted Caramel Bundt Cake [and 1 SECRET INGREDIENT]


The smell of this cake with salted caramel is surpassed only by it’s intense taste.

Orange Salted Caramel Bundt Cake

This is an easy, one bowl cake that you can whip up in about 20 minutes. If you are adventurous you can make your own caramel sauce, but a bottle of Mrs. Richardson’s never did anyone wrong.

This buttery Bundt cake tastes as good as it looks with one secret ingredient!

Orange Caramel Bundt Cake

Catherine Olson
This buttery Bundt cake tastes as good as it looks with one secret ingredient!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 slices


  • Bundt Cake Pan



  • 1 ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Zest from 2 large oranges
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup of caramel sauce
  • ¾ cup sour cream

Caramel Sauce (Optional)

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt (more based on your preference)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream



  • Whip butter, sugar, vanilla and orange zest together until creamy
  • Mix together until mixture is combined and batter resembles cookie dough
  • Add eggs, caramel sauce, and sour cream
  • Whisk together until smooth
  • Pour into well greased and floured bundt cake pan
  • Bake at Fahrenheit 325° 45-60 minutes until cake is lightly browned and springs back at the touch
  • Let rest in pan for 10 minutes
  • Invert on a wire rack
  • Pour ¼ cup of caramel sauce over hot cake
  • Let rest until cooled

Caramel Sauce (Optional)

  • Melt all ingredients in a large saucepan, minus ½ of heavy whipping cream, on medium heat
  • Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly
  • When mixture is starting to become difficult to stir, add in remaining ½ cup of cream
  • Cook 5-7 minutes more until soft ball stage, or until the mixture drips slowly off of your wooden spoon


Soft ball stage is when a teaspoon of caramel is dropped into cold water. The caramel will immediately set. If it separates it needs to continue cooking. If it is soft and malleable it is ready to go. If it cracks it’s overdone. 
Keyword Caramel Bundt Cake

What is the Best Bundt Cake Pan?

Metal bundt cake pans are the best. They create a perfectly browned exterior and encourage the cake to climb to its maximum height. Nordicware is my personal favorite.

What is Bundt Cake?

It’s basically a really pretty pound cake!

cake with salted caramel

Can I Use Wrapped Caramels for this Cake?

I do not recommend using wrapped caramels for this caramel bundt cake. Wrapped caramels are cooked longer with added ingredients to help them hold their shape. This recipe uses caramel sauce, not caramel candy.

Not to mention, you’d have to melt the caramels first, which will add extra time and dirty dishes!

If the Secret Ingredient is Orange, Why Doesn’t this Caramel Bundt Cake Use any Orange Juice?

The flavor from the orange zest is very potent, however it does not increase the sweetness of the cake.

Like this recipe? Check out more Bundt cake inspired recipes!

It's Sweet to Share!
  1. The lady that bought your cake was so excited to try it! All of your food looked great! It was fun to see and meet everyone on Saturday. Good luck to you in the future and look forward to working with you again!


  2. Although I'm not huge on chunky orange anything in baked goods, I DO love orange flavor, especially when paired with caramel. That bundt cake looks divine, Catherine (I actually thought your name was really Kitty! LOL)


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