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Whipped Cream Caramel Cake

Photo: Oxmoor House
Prep time 27 mins
Cook time 28 mins
Other time 1 hr, 10 mins
Yield 1 (4-layer) cake
Do you always shy away from making caramel frosting for your cake? No worries here-- this is the easiest caramel frosting ever. It takes its time firming up, so there's no need to rush while frosting the layers.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped Cream Caramel Frosting
  • 2 (1.4-oz.) chocolate-covered toffee candy bars, coarsely broken
  • 1 (4.5-oz.) package dark chocolate-covered almonds, halved (we tested with Dove)

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 8" round cake pans.

  3. Bake at 350° for 26 to 28 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks. Wrap and chill cake layers at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. (This step enables you to split layers with ease.)

  4. Using a serrated knife, slice cake layers in half horizontally to make 4 layers. Place 1 layer on a cake plate. Spread with 1/2 cup Whipped Cream Caramel Frosting. Repeat procedure with remaining 3 layers. Frost sides and top of cake with remaining frosting. Decorate cake with broken toffee bars and chocolate-covered almonds. Store in refrigerator.

Christmas with Southern Living 2008