I love the icing even more than the cake itself, and I think next time I will try it with a standard butter cake. Caramel icing is a wonderful treat and another one of those old things that fell out of favor but now is making a comeback.


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20 mins
25 mins
35 mins
1 hr 20 mins
1 9-inch layer cake


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Caramel Icing:


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans, or line with parchment paper.

  • Combine brown sugar and butter for cake in a bowl; cream with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add vanilla extract, then add eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed just until they are mixed in.

  • Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl. Add flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with buttermilk, beating batter on low speed until well mixed, scraping down the bowl by hand as needed. Pour batter evenly into the prepared pans.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of each layer comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Run a table knife around the edges to loosen. Invert carefully onto a serving plate or cooling rack. Let cool, about 30 minutes.

  • While cake cools, combine brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter, milk, and flour for icing in a small saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. Continue to boil, stirring frequently to prevent burning, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons butter and vanilla extract. Cool the mixture, stirring occasionally, until it is still warm (but not hot) and has thickened enough to spread.

  • Spread icing over the cake, moving fairly quickly because it will set as it cools. It will be a thin coating, not a thick layer. Let set completely before cutting into the cake.

Cook's Note:

You can use three 6-inch round cake pans instead.

Nutrition Facts

467 calories; protein 4.3g; carbohydrates 81g; fat 14.7g; cholesterol 67.8mg; sodium 297.9mg. Full Nutrition