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A slice of frosted caramel cake on a white plate with a forkful missing.

Easy Caramel Cake

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 20 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

My easy Caramel Cake recipe is a moist vanilla cake soaked in caramel, topped with sweet cream cheese frosting. This classic poke cake recipe is perfect for making ahead. The flavors get better the longer it sits!


Ingredients

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Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups caramel sauce, divided

Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter and brown sugar together on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs in one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add in the vanilla, baking powder and salt and mix to combine.
  3. Turn the mixer speed to low and add in the flour and the milk in alternating additions, beginning and ending with the flour. Mix until smooth, about 30 seconds, scraping the sides of the bowl to combine evenly.
  4. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until the center is set or a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Immediately poke holes into the top of the warm cake, about 1- inch apart. Pour 1 cup of the caramel on top of the cake and allow the cake to sit until it has cooled completely.

Frosting

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the cream cheese and butter together on medium speed until smooth. Turn mixer to low and add in the vanilla and powdered sugar until combined.
  2. Turn mixer back up to medium and mix for 1-2 minutes until smooth and creamy.
  3. When the cake is cooled spread the cream cheese frosting on top. Swirl the remaining caramel on top of the frosting.

Notes

Store airtight for up to 3 days.

Keywords: cakes with caramel, poke cake, easy cake recipes

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