Thursday, September 16, 2010

Best-Ever Caramel Cake

This cake is amazing.  The cake layers are easy to prepare and came out perfect. The frosting well it takes a bit more work but, oh so worth it.  While making the frosting, which was more similar to making a candy caramel, I forgot to remove the candy thermometer cap, which explains why it took almost 40 minutes for my thermometer to reach 235 degrees, and why my caramel frosting was not quite as thick as expected. However, it did not matter this was a sinfully delicious cake.

This is a beautiful cake to make for a special occasion or Sunday Supper.


Revelatory Caramel Cake
Recipe from Chef Ann Cashion 


For the cake

Ingredients:
1 cup whole milk
4 large egg whites, at room temperature
2 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups sifted cake flour
1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup heavy cream

For the icing

Ingredients:
3 cups sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1-1/2 cups whole milk
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

For the cake
1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degree.  Butter three 8-inch cake pans; line the bottoms with parchment paper.  Butter the parchment and flour the pans, tapping out the excess.

2.  Make the cake: In a bowl, mix 1/4 cup of the milk with the egg whites and vanilla extract.  In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle, mix the flour with the sugar, baking powder and salt.  Add the butter and the remaining 3/4 cup milk.  Beat at low speed until blended, then beat at medium speed until smooth, 1 minute.  Beat in the egg white mixture in 3 batches.

3.  In another bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the cream until soft peaks form.  Stir one-third of the whipped cream into the batter, then fold in the rest.  Divide the batter between the pans and smooth the tops.  Bake for 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean.  let the cakes cool on a rack for 10 minutes.  Unmold the cakes and peel off the parchment.  Invert the cakes and let cool completely.

4. Make the icing:  In a saucepan, stir 2-1/2 cups of the sugar with the corn syrup and milk.  Cook over moderate heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.  Keep warm.

5. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar in a deep, heavy saucepan.  Cook the sugar over moderate heat, swirling occasionally, until an amber caramel forms.  Carefully pour the the warm milk mixture over the caramel.  Cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until the caramel dissolves.  Stop stirring and cook until the caramel dissolves.  Stop stirring and cook until caramel registers 235 degrees on a candy thermometer.  remove from the heat.  Stir in the butter, vanilla, and 1/4 cup of the heavy cream.  Strain the caramel into the bowl of a standing mixer.  Let cool for 15 minutes.

6.  Beat the caramel at medium speed, gradually adding the remaining 1/4 cup cream, until creamy, about 15 minutes.

7.  Set 1 cake layer on a plate.  Pour enough icing over the layer to cover the top.  Top with a second cake layer and cover it with icing.  Add the final cake layer and pour the rest of the icing over the top of the cake, letting it run down the sides.  Working quickly, use an offset spatula to spread the icing gently around the cake.  Let the cake stand for 2 hours to set the icing before serving.

Enjoy!
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56 comments:

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I like cakes that make people sit up and take notice. What lovely layers, and a beautiful golden color! You've got me craving this cake for breakfast.

Eliana said...

Sinfully delicious...I'm all over this one. It looks amazing!

natalia said...

How fantastic ! Would love a slice !!!

Pam said...

What a great cake! It looks delicious and you did it perfectly!

Joanne said...

Revelatory is right. This cake and I have a date with destiny. It looks gorgeous!

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Man...just as I've vowed to cut back on sweets, you go and do this!!!
Susan

love lives in the kitchen said...

wow! what a delicious recipe!
have a great weekend,
justyna

Sommer J said...

that looks absolutely beautiful!! I can almost taste it!

Susi said...

Velva, I should have not opened your blog first thing in the morning and had this incredible looking cake stare in my face! Now I'm going to be dreaming of this cake all day long :o)

The Japanese Redneck said...

At reading the name, I thought I could smell caramel......

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

gosh that looks so yummy...i must make this on the weekend....looks so Fall...

happy to visit here today...

kary
xxx

Hungry Dog said...

Simply gorgeous! I don't make many layer cakes (kind of a lot for two people) but I must remember this one next time I need to whip one out for a party.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I can imagine those wonderful flavors together! What a delicious recipe, oh my!

From the Kitchen said...

Shades of my cake-baking grandmother! This looks delicious. She did caramel icing on yellow cake and chocolate cake. I'm getting out the cake pans--and taking the tip off my candy thermometer!

Best,
Bonnie

The Rowdy Chowgirl said...

Mmm! Caramel! I'm not usually a big cake fan, but this looks amazing!

Christy said...

this is on my list to do...i have collected 4 or 5 recipes for it. i tried it for the first time this summer at a roadside stop in the middle of mississippi and was utterly and completely hooked. your version looks lovely--makes me want to dig right in!

5 Star Foodie said...

This cake looks just heavenly! I would love to have a slice right now!

Jennifurla said...

Oh wow, I would drive all night for a slice...I am so hungry

tasteofbeirut said...

I have made caramel cake once and it was wonderful' forgot where I placed the recipe so I am glad you posted this one and I can bookmark it for that special occasion when I decide to make a caramel cake! Wonderful classic.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

I will have my hubby eating outta my hand if I make him this. He is extremely fond of anything with caramel in it.Bookmarking this.

Karen said...

This sounds wonderful... what a great cake for company!

Mags said...

I've been on a caramel kick myself lately and can totally see myself making this. It sounds delish!

Dishesdone said...

It looks amazing! So does the recipe! I would love a very big slice!

Chris said...

A lady here in Knoxville is famous for her caramel cakes and sells them (Eva's To Go). We'll have to try this one. Thanks for posting it!

Sue said...

Let's see...cream, butter, sugar, caramel...how could it be anything but delicious! It looks so moist!

kitchen flavours said...

This cake looks lovely with a moist and beautiful texture! This is definitely a call-out for attention cake! Well done!

Claudia said...

Truly beautiful, sweet, decadent, sweet - everything you want in a cake!

Stella said...

Hey Velva, that looks like a perfect cake. I can see the texture and moistness-nice. Oh, and I have a question. I don't make layer cakes that much, as I feel like my cakes rise so high. They taste great, but I always just make one layer due to the aforementioned. Is it normal to have to level them a bit or is there a secret to baking a flat cake?

We Are Not Martha said...

Oh man, that caramel is beautiful looking!! I can almost taste this!

Sues

Marguerite said...

Wow, you've really outdone yourself on this one, Velva! Sinfully delicious is right! Thanks for the great recipe!

3 hungry tummies said...

It sure looks very delicious Velva :) Have a great weekend!

Lindsay Rudolph said...

Velva, you are good! That cake looks amazing. When I get brave, I may have to give it a try!

Barbara said...

What could be better than a white cake (my favorite) with caramel( also my favorite)?
I'm copying the recipe right now....but wish I had a piece right in front of me!

Design Wine and Dine said...

How could you!? This looks and sounds amazing which goes without saying! I need to start baking more but am afraid! Thanks for sharing!

Karen Harris said...

Oh, to once again bake cakes at sea level! What a masterpiece! I just baked a cake for my blog this morning. It came out pretty good but at 6000 feet, mine will never challenge yours. Your recipe sounds delicious.

Katy ~ said...

Look at that gorgeous, gorgeous texture and the sweet brown caramel. You have won my heart, yet again. Oh my, I am swooning!

scrambledhenfruit said...

I can taste that caramel now! What a beautiful cake- that's one for a covered dish supper for sure!

Kris said...

Hi there. So happy you stopped by my blog, so that I could find you. Love your blog. I am a foodie too!!! I am your newest follower.

Rachel Cotterill said...

That sounds great - and I'm intrested in that method of icing it in layers, I haven't tried that.

Kim said...

Wow Velva...this really does look like one amazing cake!

Sophie said...

Waw, Velva!! That layered caramel cake looks light, airy & so tasty!!

Very special for a lovely dessert!!!

bella (roz) said...

This certainly looks and sounds like a very special cake; how can anything be wrong if caramel is the star of the show! Mmmmm! Thanks Velva for always sharing your talent!

The Absence of Alternatives said...

Slurp!

doggybloggy said...

what a cake powerhouse....

Katerina said...

This cake looks amazing! Caramel is definitely adding to it.

Brenda said...

What a fantastic looking cake! I've never made a cooked frosting before, I've always been too intimidated but this cake makes me want to give it a try!

LaDivaCucina said...

Ah Caramel, Chocolate's under-rated little brother!!! Love it, printing it and making it? I can't make a whole cake for just two....Maybe my neighbors will get some if they are nice! Great job as always, dear! x

theycallmejane said...

This picture alone has me drooling!

girlichef said...

Oh my gosh, Velva...the cake is divine!

Raina said...

This cake looks incredible! Definitely have to give this one a try:)

Foodessa said...

Velva...this cake is for a special occasion indeed. My family loves caramel...I may see this being made around our Easter dessert table ;O))

Thanks for sharing this decadence,
Claudia

A Canadian Foodie said...

You have sold me. I love anything caramel and have never seen such a cake. I will try it. I love baking!
:)
Valerie

Mimi said...

I'm on my way to the kitchen to make this so I guess today is a special occasion.
Mimi

Ingrid said...

It certainly looks special, eSPECIALly GOOD!
~ingrid

Anonymous said...

WOW!!!I loved it! this is what i have been looking for!!thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I will try this tonight

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