Ingredients

How to make it

  • THE CAKE
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Butter one tall (2 – 2.5 inch deep) 9-inch cake pan.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth. Add sugar and salt & cream until light and fluffy.
  • Slowly pour room temperature caramel syrup into bowl. Scrape down bowl and increase speed. Add eggs/vanilla extract a little at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down bowl again, beat mixture until light and uniform.
  • Sift flour and baking powder.
  • Turn mixer to lowest speed, and add one third of the dry ingredients. When incorporated, add half of the milk, a little at a time. Add another third of the dry ingredients, then the other half of the milk and finish with the dry ingredients. {This is called the dry, wet, dry, wet, dry method in cake making. It is often employed when there is a high proportion of liquid in the batter.}
  • Take off mixer and by hand, use a spatula to do a few last folds, making sure batter is uniform. Turn batter into prepared cake pan.
  • Place cake pan on cookie sheet or 1/2 sheet pan. Set first timer for 30 minutes, rotate pan and set timer for another 15-20 minutes. Your own oven will set the pace. Bake until sides pull away from the pan and skewer inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool cake completely before icing it. If you’re making cupcakes, bake for 25-30 minutes or until the tops are slightly brown and skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Cake will keep for three days outside of the refrigerator.
  • CARAMEL SYRUP
  • In a small stainless steel saucepan, with tall sides, mix water and sugar until mixture feels like wet sand. Brush down any stray sugar crystals with wet pastry brush. Turn on heat to highest flame. Cook until smoking slightly: dark amber.
  • When color is achieved, very carefully pour in one cup of water. Caramel will jump and sputter about! It is very dangerous, so have long sleeves on and be prepared to step back.
  • Whisk over medium heat until it has reduced slightly and feels sticky between two fingers. {Obviously wait for it to cool on a spoon before touching it.}
  • Note: For safety reasons, have ready a bowl of ice water to plunge your hands into if any caramel should land on your skin.
  • CARAMELIZED BUTTER FROSTING
  • Cook butter until brown. Pour through a fine meshed sieve into a heatproof bowl, set aside to cool.
  • Pour cooled brown butter into mixer bowl.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, add confectioner's sugar a little at a time. When mixture looks too chunky to take any more, add a bit of cream and or caramel syrup. Repeat until mixture looks smooth and all confectioner's sugar has been incorporated. Add salt to taste.
  • Note: Caramelized butter frosting will keep in fridge for up to a month.
  • To smooth out from cold, microwave a bit, then mix with paddle attachment until smooth and light

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  • umjad 5 years ago
    thanks for sharing... i will try to do this so tempting
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    " It was excellent "
    jett2whit ate it and said...
    wow - how in the world did I miss this? Glad I found it! YUM
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    " It was excellent "
    minitindel ate it and said...
    omg !!!!!!!!!!! totally up my alley i love caramel anything very good post

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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    awsome cake and cupcakes love them thanks hig5
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