Saturday, September 12, 2009

Recipe: Old Fashoned Caramel Cake

My mom and I are reading the book The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Great read. There is a woman in the book who makes caramel cake; a simple white sheet cake with a caramel glaze on top. My mom remembers eating this cake as a child growing up in East Texas. We have been searching for an old fashioned caramel cake recipe and I finally found one that was published in the Dallas paper a few years ago. I made the cake last night and it is super good. Actually, it WAS super good; it is already gone!

Old Fashoned Caramel Cake
1 package (box) white cake mix
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup butter, melted
4 egg whites
1/4 tsp almond extract
Put on your favorite Hot Mama Apron. Beat together first 5 ingredients at low speed. Pour into a 15x10 jelly roll pan. Bake 1t 350 for 15-20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in pan for 2 hours.
Caramel Icing
1/2 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract

I hope you haven't taken that adorable apron off; this icing gets messy and you will want to wipe your hands on that towel you conveniently have tied around your waist! By the way, you look so super cute wearing it!
Bring butter and brown sugar to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Remove from heat and slowly whisk in buttermilk. Return mixture to heat, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and place in a mixer. Gradually add powdered sugar, vanilla and almond extracts beating at medium to high speed until smooth. Immediately pour over cake and serve.

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