Photo: Oxmoor House
Prep Time
27 Mins
Cook Time
28 Mins
Other Time
1 Hour 10 Mins
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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.)

Step 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

Ratings & Reviews

cook4deric's Review

December 26, 2009
cake good. frosting, ICK! wayyyyy tooo sweet. the instructions should specify cooking the sugar until it's melted. I folllowed the instructions and I had crunchy frosting. not making the frosting again. the cake was good, dense cake.

runningmom's Review

July 02, 2010
This cake is a favorite of friends and family. The cake is moist and delicious, the frosting tates like candy, and the presentation is worthy of holidays and other special occasions.

Felicia's Review

February 05, 2011
I have to agree with Lygia. The frosting is WAY TOO sweet. I did follow Lygia's advice to cook the caramel long enough to melt the sugar so the caramel was smooth but the powdered sugar did not incorporate smoothly. I added enough whipping cream to get the frosting to a spreadable consistency. The frosting was delicious but after about 3 or 4 bites, you've had enough. I am going to try cutting the caramel mixture in half and using whipped cream to expand the frosting, hopefully keeping the yummy caramel flavor but cutting the sugar content. Or I would use this on mini cupcakes. The cake was nothing special, though.