Southern Caramel Cake with Caramel Whipped Cream

Southern Caramel Cake with Caramel Whipped Cream

Dark brown sugar adds an extra dose of moisture to this dense, decadent caramel cake.




For the Cake

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pans
  • 3 cups cake flour, plus more for pans
  • 2 cups packed Domino® Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Domino® Granulated Sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

For the Filling

  • 2 1/2 cups Domino® Granulated Sugar, divided
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Caramel Whipped Cream

  • 1/2 cup Domino® Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • pinch coarse salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream

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Make the cake

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter two 8-inch round cake pans. Line with parchment. Butter paper, and flour pans. Beat together butter and sugars with a mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Whisk together flour and salt. In another bowl, combine sour cream and baking soda. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with sour cream mixture and starting and ending with flour mixture.

Divide batter between pans. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Let cakes cool in pans, about 30 minutes. Invert cakes; remove pans and parchment, and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Make the filling

 In a small saucepan, stir together 2 cups sugar, cream, and butter. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

Sprinkle remaining ½ cup sugar evenly in a shallow, heavy-bottomed, medium saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until sugar is melted and light golden brown (sugar will clump).

Slowly add cream mixture to caramelized sugar, stirring constantly. Cook over medium heat, without stirring, until it reaches 238 degrees (soft-ball stage), about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer. Let stand, without stirring, until temperature drops to 200 degrees, about 20 minutes.

Fit mixer with whisk attachment and whisk on high speed until thickened, about 6 minutes. Add vanilla and beat to combine. Let cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes. Divide filling into thirds. Working with one-third at a time, roll out on parchment paper into an 8-inch round; set aside. Repeat process with remaining filling.

Trim tops of cakes with a serrated knife to make level, and then cut each cake in half horizontally. Place a bottom layer on a cake stand, and top with one round of filling. Repeat process with remaining cake layers and remaining 2 rounds of filling. Spread entire cake top and sides with caramel whipped cream, smoothing top and sides. Refrigerate cake until firm, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 2 days; if refrigerated, let cake come to room temperature before serving.

Caramel Whipped Cream

Prepare an ice bath; set aside. Cook sugar, water, and salt in saucepan over medium heat, stirring once, until sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking, without stirring, until sugar turns golden amber. Remove pan from heat; slowly pour cream down sides of pan in a slow, steady stream (it will spatter). Return pan to medium heat, and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.

Transfer caramel cream to a mixing bowl set in ice bath; let sit until very cold, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Mixture can be refrigerated overnight. Before serving, whip the caramel cream until stiff peaks form. Use immediately.