Southern Caramel Cake

STEP 1 :

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

STEP 2 :

In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla.

STEP 3 :

In a standing mixer, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

STEP 4 :

Beat the butter into the flour mixture, one cube at a time. Continue to beat until it resembles coarse crumbs.

STEP 5 :

Add the 1/2 of the egg-milk mixture and oil and beat the batter is light and fluffy. Add remaining egg-milk mixture and vanilla pudding and mix just until combined.

STEP 6 :

Take a spatula and scrape the sides of the bowl.

STEP 7 :

Spread into greased pans and smooth tops with spatula.

STEP 8 :

Bake for 16-22 minutes, depending on the depth of pans. If the cake layers are thin, they will cook for less time than the thicker layers.

STEP 9 :

Let cakes cool. Run a knife around edge of cake pan and flip over. Frost with salted caramel frosting.

How to make Salted Caramel Frosting:

STEP 1 :

Heat 8 tablespoons butter and brown sugar in large saucepan over medium heat until small bubbles appear around the edges of pan, about 4 – 8 minutes.

STEP 2 :

Whisk in cream and cook until bubbles reappears, about 1 more minute. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla.

STEP 3 :

Transfer hot frosting mixture to mixing bowl and with electric mixer on low speed, gradually mix in powdered sugar until incorporated. Increase speed to medium and beat until frosting is pale brown and just warm, about 5 minutes. Add remaining 4 Tablespoons of butter, 1 piece at a time, and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Frost cake immediately.