Real Deal Caramel Cake
This Real Deal Caramel Cake is just that – the real deal! And it’s straight out of my friend Jocelyn’s cookbook, Grandbaby Cakes!
I could not be more excited to share this cake and cookbook with you today. First of all, the author is one of my favorites. Jocelyn’s blog is wonderful and she is a gem. You won’t meet anyone else who can light up a room like she does and keep you laughing. Love her. Plus, she’s so real. I love that.
And her realness totally shows in her cookbook which is full of stories about her family and growing up baking. Every recipe is so personal to her and it makes it not only fun to bake from, but fun to read too. She’s largely influenced by her grandmother and the photos of her, her mom and her grandmother sprinkled throughout the book are absolutely beautiful.
And then the cakes! My goodness the cakes! I want them all. There’s pound cakes, layer cakes, sheet cakes, cupcakes and so much more. And you guys know how I feel about cake.
You’ll also find this amazing cake in her cookbook. I have been eyeing this cake ever since I first saw it. I couldn’t wait to make it.
As you may know caramel is one of my favorite things ever. Douse a cake in it and you have my full attention. My only regret when I made this cake was that my dad wasn’t visiting so that he could have some too. I dare say we are caramel lovers to core.
And while this cake takes a little time to make because of the caramel, it’s definitely worth it.
The cake is pretty straightforward to make and makes the most silky and beautiful batter. Is that weird to say about batter? It really is pretty. 🙂 And it bakes into a wonderfully moist, light cake.
The caramel is where it’s at though. I actually started making the caramel first and while it cooked I made the cake. The caramel takes just shy of 2 hours to make, so there’s plenty of time for making the cake.
However don’t be deterred by the time! You aren’t nursing the caramel that whole time. In fact, you hardly nurse it at all. Despite taking some time, it’s the easiest caramel to make. The base of it is evaporated milk, which I’d never used for caramel before. The flavor is different than the traditional caramel that I’m used to, but it is delicious! And really, once you mix the ingredients together, it pretty much cooks on it’s own with only an occasional stir. Like I said, I baked the cake while it cooked – and even did some laundry. 🙂
Then once the caramel was done, the cake was all ready to go. The timing actually works out quite nicely to make everything at once, then layer it and serve. And OMG! It’s delicious – especially with the caramel still being a little warm. Yum, yum, yum! The caramel definitely pools a little around the bottom, so make sure the stand or plate you use has an edge that will catch it. It’s perfect for dipping fingers in. 🙂
And to sweeten this deal even more, there’s a great giveaway below for a brand new KitchenAid Mixer. Score! Be sure to enter below!
Real Deal Caramel Cake
Yield: 18-22 slices
Aunt Beverly’s Caramel Icing
To finish the cake
NOTE: I started the caramel first, allowing it to cook for about 20-30 minutes. Then I baked the cake. The timing worked out well – by the time the caramel was done, the cake was baked and cooled and ready for layering.
Recipe shared from Grandbaby Cakes with permission.