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February 5, 2015

Amarula Chocolate Caramel Cake

Divine, traditional South-African Amarula Chocolate Caramel Cake ~ rich, sweet, moist and a must-have recipe !

I had a request put in a couple of weeks ago, to please make this Amarula Chocolate Caramel Cake as a birthday cake. The request had come from my dear daughter, but I have half an idea that she was asked to make this cake originally !

Well, I am not one to say no to anything Amarula ! Combine that with chocolate and caramel in a cake and you have one heavenly treat.

Amarula Chocolate Caramel Cake ~ Divine, traditional South-African Amarula Chocolate Caramel Cake ~ rich, sweet, moist and a must-have recipe !

Amarula Liqueur is very, very popular in South-Africa and I know it is available in other countries as well - some in stores and others only online. Wherever you are, do try to get hold of a bottle, because the Amarula is really something special and nothing else {which I know of} comes even close to the fantastic taste.

But, if you really, really can not find any, you can use just about any kind of Cream based Liqueur - think Baileys, Cape Velvet, Kahlua ...

This Amarula Chocolate Caramel Cake is very similar to how we also make our traditional, and equally popular, Malva Pudding {which can be made using Amarula too!} by lightly pricking the baked cake with a fork, which might make you think of a poke cake. But it is not a poke cake in the full sense as there is quite a big difference in pricking and poking.

I have found the original recipe in one of our best known cook books, Kook En Geniet, many years ago, and have tweaked it just a tiny bit over time. This is not a high rise cake {although it rises high whilst baking - so be sure to use a deep enough baking tin},  more of a bar height, but after you add the Caramel and whipped Cream, it is a fair serving size and as it is a rich cake, you also do not have to cut the cake into the usual cake sized slices, but rather into bars.

When I baked the cake a couple of days ago, Vince's birthday was on February 1st, I doubled the recipe and baked two cakes, one for them to take home, and one for us ! I used a round loose bottom pan for the one cake and a fully lined {baking paper extending over the edges for easy removal after baking} square baking pan for the other cake.

I just about always make my own whipped cream, and in this recipe, I only sweetened the cream very lightly, as the Caramel is so very sweet. Speaking of the Caramel - we have ready-made Caramel Condensed Milk available in cans, but I know it is not available everywhere - just Google how to make your own Caramel by cooking a can of sweetened condensed milk in either water or in the slow-cooker, which is how I made it in the 80's, before we had the luxury of the canned Caramel.

Amarula Chocolate Caramel Cake

10 - 12 Servings



1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup Boiling Water
3 Extra-Large Eggs
1 cup {minus 2 tablespoons} Sugar
1/4 cup Oil  {I use Sunflower Oil}
1 1/4 cup Flour
2 t Baking Powder
1/2 t Salt


3/4 cup Sugar
3/4 cup Water
1/4 cup Amarula Liqueur


1 can (397g) Caramel Condensed Milk
2 cups Whipped Cream {homemade or store-bought}
1 Flake Chocolate Bar, crumbled  {or similar}


1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - spray and line a 24cm cake pan {see post for suggestions}
2.) Combine the Cocoa and the Boiling Water - stir until the Cocoa has dissolved and the mixture is smooth - set aside to cool.
3.) Beat together the Eggs, Sugar and Oil until thick and creamy - add the cooled Cocoa mixture and beat another minute.
4.) Sift together the Flour, Baking Powder and Salt - add to the Egg mixture and beat until well combined - pour into the prepared cake pan and bake 20 - 25 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
5.) Make the Syrup 5 minutes before the end of the baking time - boil the Sugar and Water together for 4 - 5 minutes, stirring regularly - remove from the heat and stir in the Amarula.
6.) As soon as the cake is done baking, prick several times with a fork - pour over the hot Amarula syrup and let cool completely in the pan.
7.) Remove the cake from the pan and transfer to a serving plate - scoop over the Caramel, top with the Whipped Cream and sprinkle over the Flake Chocolate.

Serve and enjoy !

Amarula Chocolate Caramel Cake ~ Divine, traditional South-African Amarula Chocolate Caramel Cake ~ rich, sweet, moist and a must-have recipe !


  1. Yummmmm! We have Amarula too! (I use it for chocolate martinis! Sssshhh.)

  2. Oh my goodness please tell me you shared this at my blog hop! ( you can link up through Sat) Hugs!

  3. I would go for more than one slice!!

  4. I've never seen or heard of caramel condensed milk before, is there a substitute for that or?

    1. No substitute as far as I know, but I do give a suggestion in the post on how to make your own {replying here as your e-mail is not attached to your comment}

  5. Oh wow, I'm not surprised that she put in a request for this cake. It looks mouth watering!

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  6. Oh wow Linda, this looks so amazing, yes please :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays...

  7. I remember looking for that liquer when you shared the Malva Pudding. I need to get in gear - you keep adding stuff that I need to try! ;)

  8. We have Amarula here in the UK so I think I may well give this gorgeous cake a try! It looks delicious, Linda. Pinned and will tweet :-)

  9. I was wondering what that was when I seen the title!! It looks to die for!! Hey I would love it if you stopped by and shared your stuff on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link's going on now!! I would love to have you!!

  10. Hello beautiful! This looks so amazing. I can't wait to try it. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party and we hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We can't wait to party with you! Happy Valentines' Day! Lou Lou Girls

  11. This looks delish! Thanks so much for stopping by Creative Spark Link Party last week. Hope you stop by again today!

  12. Oh this sounds so delicious and we are snowed in today so maybe I will treat my family to this fab recipe!

  13. It looks soooooooooo GOOD !
    Definitely my kind of cake :)

  14. Replies
    1. Mandy, it is a 1/4 cup Amarula (added to the syrup) Hope this helps :-)

  15. Best Amarula cake I've ever made..its absolutely delicious 😍


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