Caramel cake might be the end all, be all of cake. We're in love with the white chocolate frosting too!
A few truths I hold to be self-evident: a daily dose chocolate promotes happiness; say “please” and “thank you;” you are never to old for a birthday cake. The third tenant is particularly when the cake happens to be Caramel Cake with White Chocolate Frosting.
I baked this Caramel Cake with White Chocolate Frosting for my sweet mother-in-law’s birthday. Out of respect, I won’t list her age, but trust me—she’s timeless and looks great. (No, she did not pay me to write that.) White chocolate is one of her favorite flavors, and thus Caramel Cake with White Chocolate Frosting came to be.
If the idea of making caramel intimidates you, fear not. Making caramel cake does not actually involve making caramel. You don’t even need to fuss with unwrapping and melting store-bought caramels. Instead, we use deep dark brown sugar and butter in the cake batter, the two building blocks of caramel. When baked together, the flavors fuse to create a warm, wonderful caramel taste.
Topping our fluffy caramel cake layers, we have a halo of immaculate white chocolate frosting. Friends, I ate so much of this frosting with a spoon, I had nearly run out when the time came to frost the cake. Be wary. Know thy self. Or just make extra.
For the best white chocolate frosting, be sure that you use real, good quality white chocolate. Many cheap imposters call themselves white chocolate, but the ingredient list will reveal the truth. Look for cocoa butter, sugar and vanilla. Do you see corn syrup, soy lecithen, and palm kernel oil instead? Put that bar down—it’s a white chocolate imposter. This special cake is worth springing for Ghirardelli. Another word to the wise: use a chocolate bar versus chocolate chips.
Since stopping at once slice of this tender, tantalizing cake is virtually impossible, I snuck some whole wheat flour into the batter, so feel free to serve yourself an extra slice. That extra helping is for the fiber, naturally.
Whether you bake Caramel Cake with White Chocolate Frosting for a special occasion or just because it’s Tuesday night and you can, you’ll love the combination of flavors in this light, fluffy cake.