Try this caramel cake for yourself and finally enjoy the true classic! And P.S., this is not a cake you can throw together quickly. It definitely takes about 3 hours from start to finish but it is well worth the wait!



For the Cake:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
⅓ cup vegetable oil
2½ cups granulated sugar
3 cups sifted cake flour
6 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks, room temperature
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract

For Caramel Icing:

1½ sticks butter
2 (12 ounces) cans evaporated milk
2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


For the Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, oil, and sugar on high until fully incorporated and light and fluffy, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Turn mixer to medium speed and mix in eggs and egg yolks one at a time until well incorporated.
  • Add in vanilla extract and mix.
  • Sift cake flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium sized bowl.
  • With the mixer on low speed, alternate adding flour mixture and sour cream ending with flour mixture until mixed through.
  • Do not over mix.
  • Spray three 9 inch round cake pans with baking spray or grease and flours them.
  • Pour batter into individual cake pans evenly.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 23-30 minutes or until fully baked (but DON'T OVERBAKE THESE CAKES- CHECK THEM EARLIER SO THEY DON'T DRY OUT).
  • Remove cake pans from oven and cool on cooling racks for 10 minutes.
  • Remove cakes from pans and wait until completely cooled to ice.

For the Caramel Icing:

  • Add butter, evaporated milk, and sugar to the saucepan over medium heat until everything has melted together.
  • Leave over medium to low heat stirring periodically for about 1½- 2 hours (watch the entire time to make sure it does not burn until thickened and caramel has darkened to a beautiful golden brown.
  • Make sure that the caramel turns the color of the photo below before stopping the heat.
  • It should also thickly coat the back of a spoon to ensure thickness.
  • Be careful to watch, adjusting heat temperature to not let it burn.
  • Remove from heat and add in vanilla extract.
  • Cool for about 15-20 minutes to allow it to thicken before icing the cake


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