This week’s #SundaySupper is a dream come true for me. My fellow bloggers are posting about three of my favorite foodie treats: cheese, cake and cheesecake! What could be better than that?
While I love all types of cheese and cheesecake, this theme gave me a good reason to make an old-fashioned caramel cake, a recipe I’ve wanted to try for quite a while. I don’t remember ever having this traditional southern cake in the past, but it seems like an old-fashioned recipe to me, perhaps because many versions I came across in my research were described as ones made by grandmothers for generations.
I became intrigued with caramel cake when I saw this recipe made on an episode of
Test Kitchen. I looked up other versions of this cake, but decided this one
would be the easiest to make. (Follow this link to see the episode online as
well as get the original recipe.) America
The cake itself is just a traditional butter cake. The key is to use a recipe that creates a somewhat dense cake that will support the frosting and one that is not too sweet to balance out the very sweet caramel frosting. The original recipe calls for buttermilk. Since I hate buying buttermilk just for the small amount needed in a recipe, I used the substitution of whole milk mixed with a little white vinegar.
Many frosting recipes call for heating the sugar and butter to the soft ball stage. What I like about the
recipe is there’s no thermometer to watch. The trick is in actually frosting
the cake. After mixed, the frosting is still warm and somewhat runny. The key
is to let it cool enough to frost the cake, but not so much it sets up.
This cake was a hit with everyone who tried it. I love the way the delicious caramel frosting gets a sugary crust on the outside after it sets but remains creamy on the inside. The frosting also helps keep the cake moist.
Old-Fashioned Caramel CakeAdapted from recipe from America’sTest Kitchen
For the cake:1/2 cup whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
4 room temperature eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
16 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces and softened
For the frosting:12 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided, cut into pieces and softened
2 cups packed dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
To make the cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour 2 9-inch cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, pour in the whole milk and vinegar, and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Then whisk in the eggs and vanilla. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix to combine. With the mixer on low, add the butter a piece at a time until it mixes in and creates a sandy texture with only small pea-sized butter pieces left. Pour in half of the milk and egg mixture and beat on medium-high until light and fluffy. Slowly pour in the rest of the milk/egg mixture and mix until combined.
Pour equal amounts of the cake batter into the prepared cake tins. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (One of my pans took 25 minutes, the other took 28 minutes.) Allow the cakes to sit in the pans for 10 minutes, and then turn them out onto cooling racks to cool completely.
To make the frosting, place 8 tablespoons of butter and the brown sugar and salt into a large saucepan. Set over medium heat and bring just to a boil. Whisk in the cream and bring the mixture back to just a boil. Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla.
Pour the butter/sugar mixture into the bowl of an electric mixer. On low speed, slowly add the confectioners’ sugar until blended. Then, on medium speed, beat the mixture for 5 minutes until the frosting is a pale brown color and still warm but not hot. Add the rest of the butter, a piece at a time, and beat until the butter is melted and the frosting is light and fluffy.
Place one of the cakes on a serving plate. Spread the surface with some of the frosting, and then add the other cake on top. Frost the rest of the cake, working quickly before the frosting sets. Allow the frosting to set on the cake a few minutes before serving.
Here’s what my fellow food bloggers made for today’s theme. Join in on the #SundaySupper Twitter chat tonight at to discuss all things cheese, cake and cheesecake. Just follow the #SundaySupper hash tag and remember to include it in your tweets during the chat. You can also check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for a lot of great, delicious recipes to enhance your own family meal.
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