The Best Caramel Cake

The Best Caramel Cake – a moist homemade vanilla cake, filled with layers of homemade caramel sauce, covered in a caramel buttercream frosting and drizzled with more caramel sauce.

The Best Caramel Cake photo of uncut cake


For the Caramel Sauce
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup butter cut in small cubes
4 tbsp water
1 cup whipping cream

For the Vanilla Cake
1 1/4 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 1/4 cups sifted cake flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter

1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons good quality vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups milk, you can use undiluted evaporated milk for extra richness if you like.

For the Caramel Frosting
3 1/2 cups to 4 icing sugar, powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup caramel sauce
tbsp a few milk


To prepare the caramel sauce
You will want to prepare the ingredients and have them at the ready. Timing is very important in a good caramel sauce, so having the butter and cream

ready at the crucial point is critical to the success of your sauce. You will also want to be very careful when preparing caramel sauce; when the sugar syrup hits the right stage to add the butter and cream it will be over 300 degrees F so it is important to take particular care. It is also very important to use a

proper sized pot. Although the recipe only makes about 2 cups, you will need a 2 1/2 to 3 quart/liter heavy bottomed saucepan because the sugar syrup will foam up considerably and produce a considerable amount of steam when the butter is added and again when the cream is added.

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