Butterscotch Cake with Caramel Icing


Butterscotch Cake with Caramel Icing

Caramel icing on yellow or white cake is a Southern classic, but I’d never heard of it until I was in my thirties and saw it in a Cake Mix Doctor book. That caramel icing recipe included confectioners’ sugar and brown sugar and set up like a praline after you poured it over the cake.  I was proud of myself for mastering the quick version of caramel icing, but I soon learned that real Southern caramel icing was made with granulated and/or brown sugar and cooked over the stove using a candy thermometer.  The version I’d been making was the “cheat” version, so I vowed to seek down something more authentic.


  • 2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla…



  • 2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour (or line with parchment) two 9″ or three 6″ round pans.
Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium until fluffy. Add vanilla, then add eggs one at a time, beating on low just until they are mixed in.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Starting with the flour mixture, add the flour and the buttermilk (alternating one then the other) into the sugar/egg mixture on low speed. When everything is mixed in, scrape down the bowl by hand.
Pour batter into the pans and bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Cool before frosting.
Caramel Icing :
  • 1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 Cup butter (plus 2 tablespoons for later)
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    In a small saucepan, mix together all ingredients except the vanilla and the extra 2 Tablespoons of butter. Heat over medium and bring to a boil. Stirring frequently to prevent burning, let the mixture boil for a good one minute. (I actually use a candy thermometer and let it reach 238 degrees, but if you don’t have one, just make sure you boil it for a good solid minute).
    Take off the fire and add in the vanilla and the 2 Tablespoons butter. Cool the mixture, occasionally giving it a vigorous stir, until it is still warm (but not HOT) and has thickened enough to spread. Spread it over the cake, moving fairly quickly because it will set as it cools. It will be a thin coating, not a thick layer. Let it set completely before cutting into the cake.
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    Which flour do you use please?

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