Southern Caramel Cake


Recipe courtesy of Louisiana Kitchen & Culture

Serves 10 to 12


For the Cake

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2¾ cups cake flour (I like White Lilly and Swan’s Down)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Caramel Frosting (recipe follows)


For the Frosting

  • 1/3 cup plus 2½ cups sugar, in all, divided
  • 1 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Southern Caramel Cake 



For the Cake

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 9-inch baking pans and line bottoms with parchment circles cut to fit bottoms of pans. Combine sour cream and milk.
Set aside.

Cream butter and sugar together with an electric mixer set on medium. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating after each.

In a separate bowl combine flour and baking powder. With mixer running, alternate adding sour cream mixture and flour to butter mixture. Stir in vanilla.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes.
Remove from pans to wire racks. Remove parchment paper. Cool thoroughly.
Spread Caramel Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.

For the Frosting

Sprinkle 1/3 cup sugar over bottom of a large, heavy 31/2-quart Dutch oven, preferably cast iron.
Set over medium heat and stir constantly for 3 minutes or until the sugar has melted into a golden syrup. Remove from heat.
Add remaining sugar, flour and milk to another large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.

Pour the milk mixture into the caramel syrup. Stir until smooth. Cover and cook over low heat for 2 minutes.
Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reaches 238°F (soft ball stage) about 15 minutes.
Add butter and stir until blended. Remove from heat and cool to 110°F, about 1 hour.
Pour the caramel into the bowl of a heavy stand mixer. Add vanilla and beat at medium-high speed with whisk attachment until frosting reaches a spreadable consistency, about 20 minutes.

Note: Double the recipe for both the cake and the frosting to make a 3 layer cake and have 12 standard cupcakes to share with the kiddies.

Cupcakes: Line 2½-inch muffin cups with paper baking cups. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake at 350˚F for 15-18 minutes. Cool; frost, Makes 24 cupcakes.

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