Vanilla Bean Salted Caramel Bundt Cake – #BundtaMonth

by Kate on July 10, 2013

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Sometimes you just want something simple in a cake. No multi-taste experience with cake, frosting, fruits, pudding and such. Sometimes you just want one or two flavors going on. Nothing more. This month we were to use caramel as our ingredient for our bundt cakes for BundtaMonth. I didn’t want the caramel to be the ingredient to get mixed in with a bunch of other “stuff” and get lost in the mix. I decided to keep things simple, un-messed-around-with.

Vanilla Bean Salted Caramel Cake 1

This vanilla bean pound cake was the perfect carrier for my buttery, salted caramel. Flecks of vanilla bean dot this dense, moist cake. A drizzle of salty, sweet caramel is just the thing to make this simple cake something special. This cake would be the perfect canvas for any ingredient that you wanted to really shine. Fresh strawberries or a blueberry compote would pair nicely. Fudge sauce, lemon curd, ice cream! Oh my! How about slicing it and grilling it? This vanilla bean cake would be perfect in Fruit Panzanella Salad. However you choose to enjoy it, you’ll love it.

Vanilla Bean Salted Caramel Cake 2


Brown Butter Bundt Cake with Salted Caramel Icing by Holly from A Baker’s House

Buttermilk Bundt Cake with Salted Caramel Icing by Carrie from Poet In The Pantry

Caramel Pound Cake by Veronica from My Catholic Kitchen

Chocolate Bundt Cake with Salted Caramel by Alice from Hip Foodie Mom

Double Glazed Caramel Mocha Bundt by Stacy from Food Lust People Love

Dulce de Leche Bundt Cake by Renee from Magnolia Days

Dulce de Leche Swirl Pound Cake by Anuradha from Baker Street

Orange Caramel Bourbon Bundt Cake by Paula from Vintage Kitchen Notes

Salted Butterscotch Caramel Bundt Cake by Laura from The Spiced Life

Salted Caramel Mini Apple Cake Bundts by Anita from Hungry Couple

Snickers Bundt Cake by Karen from In The Kitchen with KP

Vanilla Bean Salted Caramel Bundt Cake by Kate from Food Babbles

Caramelized Apple Bundt Cake by Lora from Cake Duchess


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Vanilla Bean Salted Caramel Bundt Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 10-12 servings

Vanilla Bean Salted Caramel Bundt Cake

Simple vanilla bean pound cake drizzled with buttery salted caramel.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 vanilla beans, halved lengthwise or 2 tablespoons vanilla bean paste
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure lemon extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • Caramel:
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons


    Make the Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees with a rack in the center of the oven. Grease and flour a 10-cup bundt pan or spray with a nonstick cooking spray containing flour. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the seeds from the vanilla beans or the vanilla bean paste. Beat until combined.
  4. Next, add the eggs one at a time beating after each addition. Add the lemon extract and beat again to incorporate.
  5. With the mixer on low, add 1/3 of the flour mixture. Next, add half the buttermilk. Add half of the remaining flour mixture, then the remaining buttermilk. Lastly, add the remaining flour.
  6. Spoon the batter into the prepared bundt pan and smooth the top. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack in the pan for 1 hour before turning the cake out onto the rack to cool completely.
  7. Make the Caramel:
  8. In a large saucepan over low heat, add sugar water and corn syrup and stir until sugar has dissolved. Increase heat and boil without stirring until an amber color is reached, about 8 minutes. Brush down the sides with a wet pastry brush, as needed. Remove from heat. Add cream (mixture will bubble.) Whisk in the butter and salt. Cool completely.
  9. Serve cake drizzled with salted caramel.


Slightly adapted from Sweetapolita


{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

baker street July 10, 2013 at 6:36 am

I agree. A simple cake, a simple drizzle of frosting makes for the perfect dessert. Love the combination and absolutely stunning pictures, Kate! thanks for baking along. 🙂


Audra | The Baker Chick July 10, 2013 at 6:46 am

Gorgeous bundt cake and in my absolutely FAVE flavor combo. I love everything with vanilla bean and salted caramel- and this looks so moist and fluffy. Great job Kate!


steph@stephsbitebybite July 10, 2013 at 7:38 am

This is so beautiful! And salted caramel is making me drool!


Stacy July 10, 2013 at 8:05 am

Your swirly cake is so lovely, Kate, but I could eat that salted caramel sauce with a spoon! Your first photo with the drip has me swooning.


Renee July 10, 2013 at 8:14 am

Could not think of a better way to make such a lovely glaze shine than your vanilla cake. It reminds me to use my vanilla beans for more than ice cream.


suzanne July 10, 2013 at 9:37 am

I love simple, this cake is beautiful and sounds really delicious.


Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig July 10, 2013 at 10:01 am

Wishing a piece would appear with my morning coffee!!


Anita at Hungry Couple July 10, 2013 at 11:47 am

I agree! Sometimes simple is best and this would be perfect with a good cup of tea.


ChristineM July 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm

oh yes, this is a keeper for sure!


Jennifer | Bake or Break July 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Oh, yes please! Two of my favorite things – salted caramel and Bundt cakes!


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet July 10, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Oh my, how I wish I could have a slice of this cake right now!!! Salted caramel – swoon!


Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats July 10, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Wow this name says it all plus it’s so dang pretty!


Kate July 12, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Thanks so much Julie!


Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom July 10, 2013 at 6:04 pm

YES! love this beautiful, elegant and clean bundt cake! so pretty! I really love that you kept it simple. love the vanilla + caramel combo! such a beauty! and dude, I really want this bundt pan!!!


Kate July 12, 2013 at 10:57 pm

You gotta get one Alice!! It’s my fave 🙂


Anne@FromMySweetHeart July 10, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Such a pretty cake, Kate. And I love the simplicity of the flavors. You are right…bundt cakes should not be complicated! And I would love a slice of this grilled with some fresh summer fruit! : )


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes July 10, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Oh yes, the idea of grilling this cake and the salted caramel is awesome! Just remember to invite me next time your plan on making it again!


Holly July 11, 2013 at 12:05 am

I think your choice of simplicity is right on– your cake is beautiful and the caramel sauce sounds perfect with it.


Jessica@AKitchenAddiction July 11, 2013 at 9:56 am

Love the vanilla bean and salted caramel combination! Your cake is beautiful!


Veronica Gantley July 11, 2013 at 11:55 am

Simple and delicious! Vanilla bean is such a wonderful addition to anything caramel.


Dina July 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm

sounds delicious! I love the caramel syrup.


Alexandra @ Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker July 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm

This bundt cake sounds so good! I agree that sometimes simple flavors are the best, and vanilla bean paired with salted caramel is a perfect match in my eyes. 🙂


Kim@Treats & Trinkets July 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm

This sounds amazing! And the inside is so perfect, nice and dense with those pretty vanilla flecks. And that salted caramel syrup! Yum.


Kate July 15, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Thanks so much Kim! I love using vanilla beans in baked goods. Love those little specks of deliciousness.


Carrie @ poet in the pantry July 17, 2013 at 2:01 am

I’m with you on this one–sometimes it’s the simple things that really make a difference. Especially if you’re pairing them with salted caramel. 😉 Beautiful cake!


Kate July 17, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Everything is better with salted caramel 😉 Thanks Carrie!


Laura@bakinginpyjamas July 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Kate this looks delicious. I love simple cakes and this sounds lovely.


Kate July 28, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Thank you Laura! Sometimes simplicity is the way to go 🙂


Carla July 14, 2014 at 8:43 pm

I love the sound of pairing vanilla bean and caramel together in a cake! Vanilla bean is def one of those ingredients that is simple yet very flavorful.


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