If you are looking for a moist and buttery cake - this is it. It would be entirely satisfying to consume it without the caramel frosting - but then you wouldn’t know what you are missing. If I were to rename this - it would have the word “Praline” somewhere in the title - which would only be accurate if you added pecans. (Hmmm... that’s an idea)
I first stumbled upon this recipe on cjaneinthekitchen - a great food blog. When she described the frosting as having the same flavor & texture as brown sugar fudge - I immediately bookmarked it. It’s also found on several other blogs, and I’ve added their tips to the recipe as well.
The original recipe is from a little gem of a cookbook called “Southern Cakes”. If I’m ever able to visit the south, I won’t head back home till I’ve enjoyed a few of them.
This is a “hot milk” type cake - which I've found yields a more moist, dense texture than cakes made by creaming the butter and sugars. Whipping the eggs and sugar prior to adding to the dry ingredients yields a really nice, fine grain & texture.
The cake itself lives up to it’s name, but I especially loved the caramel frosting. And it is T-H-I-C-K. You have been warned. I don’t have a problem with a heavy layer of THIS frosting - but I could never enjoy the same amount of other greasy, shortening based frostings.
This is a perfect summertime, take-to-your-family-reunion kind of cake. The frosting holds up well on a hot day, and the super moist cake isn’t crumbly.
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