Caramel Layer Cake
Jun. 14, 2010 4:53 am
Updated: Jun. 19, 2010 11:44 am
When was the last time you had caramel cake? It’s one of those old-fashioned recipes that younger cooks don’t bother with much these days.
I always think of caramel cake as a uniquely southern dessert. Actually more of a confection than a cake, really. A moist yellow cake layer with a creamy burnt sugar frosting. It’s something that turns up at nearly every family or church gathering in my part
of the south. It also makes regular appearances at birthdays and Christmas. It was one of my Daddy’s favorites and it’s on BeeBop’s list of the best cakes.
But, I have to tell you a secret. I’m a cheater. I cheat on the caramel frosting. A caramel frosting requires the cook to “burn” a small amount of sugar in a cast iron pan. The burnt sugar is then incorporated into the remaining sugar, butter and milk to produce
a rich caramel frosting. You need some experience to know exactly when the burnt sugar is the right stage. Too much cooking and it will scorch, too little and the frosting is pale and tasteless.
I never could get the burnt sugar to just the right color and incorporated into the other ingredients the right way. I either burned the sugar or the frosting turned out grainy. Neither is a good thing. So I gave up trying to make caramel frosting for a long
time and then years ago I saw a recipe in the local newspaper for a caramel frosting that didn’t need the burnt sugar step and that’s the recipe I still use. Trust me that you won’t be able to taste the difference in your finished frosting and no one ever
needs to know that you didn’t make this with burnt sugar!
Let me just say one thing before you see the recipe. If you’re on a diet, you may as well leave now and not look back. This is not diet food. This is the opposite of diet food. But, oh my gosh, is it good! And, for the record, we each had one slice of this
cake and the rest went to work with BeeBop. Okay, maybe two, but I promise the majority of it went elsewhere
To get the recipe and step-by-step directions for
Caramel Layer Cake, please visit my main blog at
Never Enough Thyme.
Caramel Layer Cake