Southern caramel cake

Serves 8

  1. 11-1/4oz flour
  2. 10-1/5oz sugar
  3. 1/2tb baking powder
  4. 1/2tsp baking soda
  5. 1-1/4tsp salt
  6. 28tb butter, cut into 1tb pieces and softened
  7. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  8. 4 eggs
  9. 1tb vanilla extract
  10. 14oz brown sugar
  11. 1/2 cup cream
  12. 10oz powdered sugar
  • Mix 1-4 and 3/4tsp salt and beat in 16tb butter 1 piece at a time on low speed until pieces are pea-sized. Mix 7-8 and 2tsp vanilla and beat in half of mixture on med-high speed. Beat in remaining mixture.
  • Bake in 2 9in cake tins in the middle of a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and transfer to rack for 1 hour.
  • Heat 8tb butter, brown sugar and remaining 1/2tsp salt until beginning to simmer, about 4-8 minutes. Add cream and bring back to a simmer. Take off-heat and mix in remaining 1tsp vanilla.
  • Beat in powdered sugar on low speed. Raise speed to medium and beat for 5 minutes. Add remaining butter 1 piece at a time and set aside.
  • Spread 3/4 cup frosting over cake round. top with second round, spread remaining frosting and serve.

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