March 9, 2012

..Caramel Cake

















I am not sure if any of you read the book, "The Help"  but I did.  As much as I loved the story and all the really well developed characters, from the minute they started talking about Minny's famous "Caramel Cake" I really couldn't stop thinking about anything else.  Being a Jersey girl and not from Mississippi, I had never heard of this kind of cake, is it layered? Is the cake batter caramel flavor? Does it have frosting? SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS!  Anyway, I found this recipe for the most amazing, dense, decadent pound cake from none other than Southern Living and it is simply divine.  I made some home made caramel sauce to drizzle over top of it which was absolute perfection.  I imagine Minny Jackson's caramel cake looks something like this one I have concocted. 

Ingredients
3 sticks of butter (softened)
1 package cream cheese
6 eggs
3 cups sugar
3 sifted cups flour with 1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Beat butter and cream cheese together until whipped smooth and then mix in the sugar 1 cup at a time.
3. When the sugar is well combined into the butter/cream cheese, add in the vanilla extract and the eggs (one egg at a time).
4. Add in flour (slowly) to the butter mixture until you have a smooth cake batter.
5. Bake in a greased 10 inch bunt pan for 1 hour and 40 mins then let cool completely before removing.

Caramel Sauce
Bring four tablespoons of butter, 1/4 cup milk (or cream), and 1 cup packed brown sugar and a pinch of salt to a simmer.  Add 1 tablespoon vanilla and whisk for 7-10 minutes or until thick.








42 comments :

  1. Omgosh woman you have just made me SO hungry!! All I can think of eating now is a gorgeous slice of cake covered in sweet caramel sauce but obviously I don't have any!

    Seriously, why do bloggers keep doing this to me?!!

    It looks amazing btw! In case you didn't get that I'm thinking that! :)

    Amelia @ UGLY DUCKLING x

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  2. Didnt read the book but saw the movie and its pretty amazing, as well as this cake!! Looks delicious!
    xo
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  3. wow, this looks incredible!!!! i'm from the south but i have no idea what caramel cake is. maybe i missed out on something important...i dunno. i imagine it's got a thick caramel buttercream. but your rendition looks, like i said, incredible!

    CupcakesOMG!

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  4. Certainly coveting for that yummy caramel cake. Love to have this on Sunday tea & books afternoon. :-)

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  5. Loved the book.. I'm sure I'd love the cake. :)

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  6. You made me want this cake sooooo badly!

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  7. Oh Erin, if I lived near you, I would be SO fat! You always post the most delicious things :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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    1. I wish you did live near me so I could do on a blogger meet-up! They sound super fun :)

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  8. Yummy! I loved that book!
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  9. Oh my that looks amazing! Thanks for sharing! I want cake for breakfast now ;)

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  10. That looks amazingly delicious! Now I'm getting hungry for cake and it's 9 AM :)

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  11. I am so hungry.. this looks AMAZING!!!!!! I love caramel.. i'm a caramel girl over chocolate. Yum.

    xo everything-pretty.com

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  12. Thank you so much for tracking down this decadent recipe! I'm going to give it a whirl this weekend fingers crossed it comes out as beautiful as yours did!

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  13. oh goodness, this looks absolutely DELICIOUS!!! especially with carmel ;)
    xo TJ

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  14. I didn't read the book, but I did enjoy the movie. As far as that cake goes, I can only say, "Yum yum yum!!" Looks SOOO good!

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  15. ah Minny's' delicious caramel cake. Wish I could cook/bake anything! This looks divine Erin :)
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  16. Oh, yummm... You have not only great sense of style, but you do magic in kitchen too.

    xoxo Ra

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  17. Ooo that looks so yummy with caramel! I bet it made your house smell really good when it was cooking for that long too!

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  18. Oh my word this looks delicious! I'll have to try it out for myself!

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  19. Mmm..this sounds so delicious! I'm not a baker, but I'll have to show this to my husband. :) <3

    toni

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  20. For some reason I can't remember Minny's famous caramel cake? Maybe b/c I can't stop thinking about that CHOCOLATE PIE, if you know what I mean! LOL

    but this looks divine, and fairly simple, thank you erin!!!

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  21. HOLY COW that looks delicious! I'm totally going to make this tonight!

    xx
    Justyn
    thoughtsbyapetitebrunette.com

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  22. That cakes looks and sounds delicious! I wish I could bake!

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  23. Looks delicious!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such lovely comments. Hope to see you on it again.

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  24. I really want to be able to make it!!!! :)

    I LOVE caramel so much, that this would be delicious.

    ~Zabrinah
    [your everyday girl,
    writing about guys]

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  25. I'm definitely bookmarking this recipe to try soon. It looks and sounds amazing!

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  26. stoooooooppppp. oh my gosh, i'm going to get fat!

    PS: i freakin' LOVE your blog, girl! can't wait to read more! :)

    love, rach.
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  27. Looks delicious (:

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  28. I still haven't read The Help and I really need to! This cake looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  29. Love the denim & leopard combo!

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