June 03, 2009

Caramel Cake

I just finished a very funny book by Fannie Flagg, "Can't Wait to Get to Heaven." Fannie Flagg is the author of "Fried Green Tomatoes at Whistle Stop Cafe." This is a very funny book about a Elderly lady, Aunt Elner, who dies, goes to heaven, and comes back to life only wishing to be back in heaven. This is a fun, touching story portraying the effect one person can have on a whole community (or even the world). While in heaven, she sees an old friend Dorothy who gives her the most delicious Caramel Cake. Lucky for us, Fannie Flagg gave us the recipe!
So, I thought I would try it out.

Neighbor Dorthy's Caramel Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1 3/4 cups cake flour (sift before measuring)
Resift with 1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup soft butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat for 3 minutes. Bake in greased pan for 1/2 hour.

Caramel Frosting

2 tablespoons cake flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix cake flour and milk. Cook to a thick paste over slow flame. Cool. Cream sugars and vanilla with butter and shortening. Beat until light and fluffy. Blend in salt. Mix in cooled paste. Beat until fluffy. Blend. Should look like whipped cream.
I would not put in shortening and do all butter - it would make a richer, better flavored frosting.

If you don't have cake flour you can use this recipe to save yourself a trip to the store.


freetobeme said...

So excited to try this. I read this book 5 years ago and loved it. This will be fun to make and has inspired me to read this book again!

Kathy said...

I just finished listening to the book on tape and am anxious to try the recipe too. She doesn't say what size cake pan though. I was going to use a 9X13. What do you think?