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Friday, November 15, 2019

Homemade Southern Caramel Cake

Soft buttery cake loaded with homemade caramel frosting and topped with apple chips. This classic southern caramel cake is great all year long, but we especially love it during fall.


homemade southern caramel cake topped with apple chips on cake stand with slice nearby


This real deal southern caramel cake lets the homemade caramel frosting be the star. The soft and slightly sweet cake layers are happy to let the caramel of the frosting shine through. If you are in the market for a perfect caramel cake, you have come to the right place.


You will find this recipe doesn't shortcut a thing.  There are a few steps, but each helps to build the final product that is totally worth making.

I originally made this cake as part of The Cake Slice Bakers group.  We were baking recipes from Southern Living Cake Book.


homemade southern caramel cake with caramel icing and apple chips one slice served


When I saw the caramel cake I instantly knew I had to make it.  I was using the group as a way to push my skills and the homemade caramel icing recipe was nothing like I had ever made before.

There were no shortcuts there either. You start with granulated sugar, milk and butter and let the heat do the work of making caramel.

While the butter and brown sugar butterscotch type caramel icings are delicious, I wanted to give real caramelization a try. (If you are looking for a butterscotch style caramel frosting, I have those too!)


looking across a slice of homemade southern style caramel cake

Because this cake and the icing do take some time to put together, I would consider this a special occasion cake. It would be a perfect alternative to pie for Thanksgiving.

It is also a stunner of a birthday cake. Or serve it for a shower like I did. Heck, I don't care if you serve it as a just because cake. Whatever the occasion, it is worth every second of thought and care.

We are supposed to cook the recipes as unaltered as possible, which I did. Until it came to the last minute.


slice of homemade caramel cake with apple chips as garnish

I was throwing an apple themed shower and I wanted to the cake to tie into the theme. So, I added some apple chips.

It was so pretty nobody wanted to cut into it, but let me tell you it was worth it once we did! The cake is the right mix of dense yet airy, moist and perfectly homemade.


The icing is sweet with a nice depth. The apple chips brought it all together. Come to think of it, I think it is time for me to get another slice!


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Yield: 12 servings
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Southern Caramel Cake

Southern Caramel Cake

prep time: 40 Mcook time: 50 Mtotal time: 90 M
Soft buttery cake loaded with homemade caramel frosting and topped with apple chips. This classic southern caramel cake is great all year long, but we especially love it during fall.

ingredients:

Cake
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Caramel Icing
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 T flour
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Optional for serving: apple chips

instructions:

How to cook Southern Caramel Cake

Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare two 9 inch cake pans by greasing and dusting with flour.
  2. In your mixer bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, mixing until blended after adding each one.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Add 1/3 of dry mixture to wet mixture and mix until just blended. Stir in sour cream. Add 1/3 more of dry mixture, again mixing until just blended. Stir in milk, then add last dry ingredient portion.
  4. Spread into your batter in prepared cake pans.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes and then invert onto wire racks and let cool completely.
Icing
  1. Place the first 1/3 cup of sugar in the bottom of a large heavy-bottomed saucepan.
  2. Stirring frequently, cook over medium heat until it melts and becomes lightly golden brown. This will take about 3 minutes and don't worry if the sugar clumps a bit.
  3. In a second sauce pan, combine flour, sugar and salt. Whisk in cold milk until combined and any lumps are worked out. Place over medium-high heat and cook until it comes to a boil, stirring constantly.
  4. Pour 1/4 of the hot milk mixture into the caramelized sugar. Whisk until combined. Slowly add the rest of the hot milk, stirring as you go.
  5. Cover mixture and cook over low heat for 2 minutes. Uncover and turn heat to medium, without stirring cook until it reaches 238 F (soft ball stage.) This will take about 10 minutes. Add butter and stir until well blended. Remove from heat and let sit for about an hour.
  6. Pour into stand mixer bowl. Add vanilla and mix on medium for 20 minutes.
  7. Spread immediately over cake, working quickly as it sets up.
  8. Optional: Top with apple chips.

NOTES:

Created using The Recipes Generator


73 comments:

  1. This looks divine and sounds delicious! What a wonderful cake for fall, I can't wait to make this!

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    1. It is so good! I have been looking forward to making it and it was worth the wait!

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  2. I can't blame you for going back for another slice Carlee, it looks absolutely delicious. The cake looks so tender and tasty. Thank you so much for joining our group, I'm so happy to have you as part of our bake team as we approach our new book. Laura@ Baking in Pyjamas

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    1. I really am quite happy with how it turned out. The frosting wasn't quite what I had envisioned, but it was delicious and I came to really like its finish too it just took me a second to get used to it! I am looking forward to trying some new things with the next book! Thanks for having me.

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  3. What a gorgeous cake! The crumb is perfect and fine, the icing looks professional and then the addition of the apple chips and topping makes it magazine worthy. Never would grow tired of a caramel cake as great as this one!

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    1. Thank you so much! I was really pleased with how it turned out. I had to bring the rest to work this morning to save myself from eating it all!

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  4. This looks SO delicious, and I have just been inspired by those apple chips! I think I might use them as garnish in a recipe coming up soon (with a link to your recipe, of course), they're just so pretty and lacy, just the look I was going for! Love that caramel dripping off the side :) Thanks for sharing with the Wednesday Showcase!

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    1. Thank you! That is a super nice compliment! I can't wait to see what you have in mind. I was really happy with the way it turned out. Delicious and pretty :-)

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  5. Wow Carlee, this is one beautiful cake!! It looks perfectly moist and dense, drizzled to perfection with caramel, and very clever of you to use Apple Chips for a topper! Yum! Thank you for the slice {or two} ! ;) Pinned and Shared! Thank you for sharing at #Omhgww! I'm so happy you joined us! Have a great week! xo, Christine

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    1. I wish you didn't live half way across the country, we could really share some of these treats! Thank you for hosting too!

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  6. Oh Carlee that topping looks decadent! Thanks for sharing with us at #WednesdaysWisdom. I look forward to your links each week.

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  7. Layered home style cakes are my favorite to bake! The more homemade it looks the more I love the cake. This indeed was a delicious recipe! Loved everything about this cake, it was delicious! Nicely done Carlee, it looks delicious!

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    1. They are quickly becoming my favorite as well. Thank you so much!

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  8. I absolutely love Caramel anything! This cake looks rich and delicious! I think this cake will be on my thanksgiving table for sure! Thank you for sharing on Tasty Tuesdays! I will be featuring this next week:)

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    1. It is fabulous and perfect for Thanksgiving! Thanks so much!

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  9. Good Afternoon Carlee, Oh my word, this cake looks divine. I love that you have added dried apple as a decoration and the caramel sauce is just the 'icing on the cake' as we say here in England.
    This is a cake I am going to be baking in the very near future.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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    1. Thank you so much! This is one of my favorite cakes so far! I hope you enjoy it!

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  10. Your cake is fantastic, just beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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  11. I"ve never had a caramel cake, but after reading this, and looking at your pictures, I need to make this! Asap!

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    1. It really is good! The flavors are simple and delicious.

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  12. Wow Carlee!! This look delicious and the addition of the apple chips on top makes it super sweet for fall! Loos gorgeous! Hazel x

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  13. Yum! This looks amazing! Pinned and scheduled to share on Facebook!

    Visiting via Merry Monday link party!

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  14. Congratulations, Carlee! I'll be featuring your scrumptious cake this Tuesday! Have a great week! hugs, Christine

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  15. This cake looks amazing! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Karly! This cake is definitely one of my favorites.

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  16. Could you bring me a piece? This looks so good! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We love partying with you! Lou Lou Girls

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  17. This sounds really delicious!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  18. Carlee! When I saw the links on our Talented Tuesday party, I knew this one was yours! You are always making the most delicious looking recipes! This cake looks absolutely divine and you had an apple themed shower?! oooo I want to see pictures!
    Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    Cheers,
    AJ

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    1. Ah, thank you! There are a few pics on here, it was so much fun to plan! I still have most stuff to share from the shower, but I had to make a slight detour first!

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  19. Well I'm not tired of it!! It looks amazing and I will be featuring it this week!! Don't forget to grab my button and share with your friends!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 favorite Things on Thursday - link Party! Hope to see you again this week! Pinned!

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  20. What a great group. The cakes looks awesome Carlee. Thanks for sharing with us again at #Throwback Thursday. Please spread the word so our Thursday night party can grow.

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    1. It is a fun one! I am looking forward to learning new techniques and trying a few things I wouldn't have on my own! Thanks for hosting, Quinn!

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  21. Hi Carlee, thanks for sharing this awesome cake recipe at Cooking and Crafting with J&J!

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  22. Hi Carlee, so glad you linked up with us at #AnythingGoes to share this delicious recipe with us. Have a great week!

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  23. Wow Carlee. You sure made it with this cake. Caramel yum. It looks fabulous. Thanks so much for bringing it to the party, I can almost taste it.
    You came to the party just before it closed so not many would have seen this. I am going to put it at the front of the party on Friday for all to see. Feel free to bring some other goodies to the party too.
    Kathleen
    Fridays Blog Booster Party #29

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    1. Thanks Kathleen! It has been really busy around here lately, so I was a bit behind on getting over to the party! Have a great week!

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  24. oooh my..looking at it in the morning makes me crave for it...drooling now. TFS Carlee and hope I'll get a chance to try this yummy recipe..

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! It is a yummy one, that is for sure!

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  25. Hey girl! This cake looks bomb! Stopping by to let you know that you will be featured at tomorrows Throwback Thursday party! Woohoo!

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  26. Your presentation of this cake is awesome, made it very grand!

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    1. Thank you so much! I was really pleased with how it turned out!

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  27. I think I gained weight looking at the picture.

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  28. Looks like a delicious cake! Pinned so I can try the recipe sometime.

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  29. This cake is so pretty, I love the apple slices on top! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

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  30. The cake turned out great! And I love this Cake Slice Bakers group you're in. What a neat idea! Also, thanks for linking up to the Country Fair Blog Party!

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    1. Thank you, I was very happy with it! I think I am really going to enjoy being in a group that pushes me beyond what I would normally make! Thanks for hosting!

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  31. Hi, this post was in the TOP 8 most clicked on Fridays Blog Booster Party #30. Well done. It will be FEATURED on Friday.
    Kathleen

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  32. I wanted something different to make for Thanksgiving. I am totally making this and I may have several slices, lol. Happy Weekend!

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  33. This cake is absolutely gorgeous! I'll take a big slice please.

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  34. Chocolate mousse is a family favorite recipe.

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  35. I am crazy about caramel and am dreaming of making that cake soon. Love the cute turkey rice crispy treats too.

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  36. Ginger bread cookie for sure.. also apple pie.

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  37. This cake looks amazing. Homemade caramel is the bane of my existence. It only works for me 50% or the time. I always have to make sure I have extra ingredients in case I have to start over. Thanks for sharing at the weekend Potluck. I am pining this recipe to try later.

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  38. My favorite holiday memory is eating dinner at my Grandma's house every Thanksgiving with all my Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Her house was really tiny and there were a lot of us! Back then I was a pretty picky eater and would basically fill up on mashed potatoes, corn, biscuits and of course...DESSERT!

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  39. My favorite holiday recipe is for polish coffee cake called placzek. We make it every year and it is amazing.

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  40. Leslie:
    My favorite holiday memory is reading 'Twas the Night before Christmas with my boys.
    leslieannstevenson@yahoo.com

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