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. 

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

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.


  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! :)

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  2. Didnt read the book but saw the movie and its pretty amazing, as well as this cake!! Looks delicious!

  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!


  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. :)

  6. You made me want this cake sooooo badly!

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

    The Other Side of Gray

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

  8. Yummy! I loved that book!

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

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

    The Tiny Heart

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


  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!

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

  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!

  15. ah Minny's' delicious caramel cake. Wish I could cook/bake anything! This looks divine Erin :)

  16. Oh, yummm... You have not only great sense of style, but you do magic in kitchen too.

    xoxo Ra

  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!

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

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


  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!!!

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


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

  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.

    [your everyday girl,
    writing about guys]

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

  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.

  27. Looks delicious (:

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

  29. Love the denim & leopard combo!


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