Thursday, August 2, 2007

Tasty Thursday: Caramel Cake

I've been thinking about this cake lately, and with fall coming up, it's really sounding good.


1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
3 cups flour, sifted
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Caramel Sauce:
½ cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
½ cup milk
½ cup caramel sauce
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 - ¼ cup milk

Preheat oven to 350*. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. In a large bowl, cream butter, slowly add sugar, beat until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and salt together. Measure milk and add vanilla to it. Add the flour mixture and the milk mixture to the large bowl, alternating between flour and milk. Blend thoroughly after each addition. Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly. Bake for 40 minutes. Start checking for doneness after 30 minutes. The middle should be firm and a toothpick inserted in the middle should come out clean. The cake should rise even with the pan or a bit above it.
Caramel Sauce: While cake is baking, combine butter and brown sugar in a saucepan and heat over medium. Once the butter has melted and the mixture is hot, add milk and stir well. Bring mixture to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside ½ cup. Once you remove the cake from the oven, let it sit for 5 minutes. Then, using a fork, poke the top of the cake to make an even pattern of holes. Slowly pour the remaining caramel sauce over the top, spreading it evenly. Some of the sauce will be absorbed into the holes. Let cake cool.
Frosting: In a roomy bowl, whip the remaining caramel sauce with the powdered sugar and vanilla. Slowly add the milk, 1/8 cup at a time. Beat to a nice spreading consistency. Spread over cooled cake.

The cake is a bit on the sweet side, but it has great flavor. This year I plan on finding a way to add apples to it, because it seems like it would be a great combination.

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Trista said...

Okay that sounds awesome! YUMMMMMMY!

Renee's Ramblings said...

Oh my....this sounds so delicious! (I've been saying this a lot today as I go through these great recipes!) Thanks for sharing!

Betsy said...

Sounds wonderful!

tegdirb92 said...

I'll try it because it's diet, right? :) Have a wonderful Thursday.

MommaBlogger said...

Sure, diet. Ummm... yeah. ;) If you eat the crumbs, maybe. :D It really is good though, and it can go to feed a good sized crowd.

Incidentally, I think I tried doing it in layers once. Not bad, but it was a little more dry. I might have cooked it too long though, that was back when I was just starting to alter recipes.