No Ordinary Caramel Slice

If the humble caramel slice was to undergo an extreme makeover, I imagine the after photos would look something like this.

Why toy with what is already perfect in its own sticky, chocolatey way? Well, it was the wish of my eight-year-old niece that I take her favourite cafe treat and gussy it up into a birthday cake pretty enough to be the centrepiece of her high tea themed party.

It's not the only time I've been asked to make a caramel slice cake. The first was for a wedding. A couple ordered 80 pieces of caramel slice and a large round "cake" to cut at their reception earlier this year. Hey, what the bride wants, the bride gets in my book. I was just happy the couple liked my slice enough to want it as part of their big day.

A wedding is a big deal. It required practice, so Mr LP was the first to get one for his birthday cake. He liked it well enough and word my niece.

It usually looks like this, cut smooth on my bench with not a spare crumb of dangerous toffee goodness to corrupt me, ready to be boxed. And it is in this form that it is loved by my family and friends, so this is how I will share the recipe. It's rich, so cut it small. Then you won't feel so bad when you can't stop at one.

Caramel Slice
(Makes 16 medium squares)

80g butter, melted
2/3 cup self-raising flour
2/3 cup desiccated coconut
1/3 cup caster sugar

125g butter
125g brown sugar
395g can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

100g milk chocolate, broken into pieces
100g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
25g copha

Preheat oven to 180C.
Grease a 22cm square baking tin and line with non-stick baking paper, leaving a 2cm overlap on each edge. 
For the base, mix together the dry ingredients with the melted butter. Press into prepared tin with the back of a spoon until smooth and even. Bake for 10 mins.
For filling, stir all ingredients in a medium sized heavy based saucepan over a medium heat until simmering. Turn heat to low and stir, simmering, for appx five minutes until deep golden.
Pour on top of baked base and return to the oven for 10-12 mins or until golden brown.
Cool completely in tin.
For the topping, melt together both chocolates and copha over a saucepan of simmering water and stir until smooth. Cool for at least five mins before pouring over the filling. Place in the fridge to set for at least two hours, preferably overnight. Lift out of the tin by taking hold of the baking paper overhanging each edge and pull up. Loosen with a knife if the corners are a bit stuck, but it should lift out easily. 
The best way to cut it into squares is by dipping a large knife into a jug of hot water and then wiping the blade carefully with paper towel, or a clean tea towel, before slicing.


  1. We had these for our wedding (thanks Larissa!) and they were LOVED by all! Amazing recipe! :)

    1. Thanks Stephen! That was quite a day. You got married and I had a baby!! It was a pleasure to make your unusual wedding cake and I'm so glad the slices were a hit. Larissa x

  2. Hi, can i just ask to make the cake do you make the slice up but in a round cake tin not a square on?? My daughter wants a large caramel slice for her 30th but making it into a cake looks fantastic. Congratulations xxx

    1. Hi Louese, yes the recipe will work the same in an equivalent round 22cm springform tin for a single layer cake. I lined the base and the sides with baking paper to ensure no sticking. Good luck! Be sure to email me a pic if you give it a whirl. Larissa x

  3. Thanks Larissa, but how do you work out if you are doing layers?

    1. Sorry Louese! I halved the recipe and used an 18cm tin for the top layer. Again, springform is best.The writing is on a plain chocolate disc placed on top of the cake. I wrapped the stems of the flowers in foil and tucked them into the back of the ribbon on the top layer. The ribbon was held in place on both layers using long pins. Hope this helps!


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