Rose's Famous Caramel Cake

Rose's Famous Caramel Cake

Rose's Famous Caramel Cake

This buttery cake slathered with rich caramel icing has earned local fame on Chicago's South Side—it's one of our favorites to make for special occasions.James Oseland

Rose Deshazer-White, of Chicago's South Side, earned local fame for this buttery cake slathered with rich caramel icing.

What You Will Need

Rose's Famous Caramel Cake
This cake is decadently sweet with loads of butter—no wonder they call it famous!
Yield: makes 1 Cake

Ingredients

  • 16 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 14 cups cake flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 12 tsp. salt
  • 6 14 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 14 cups milk
  • 16 tbsp. salted butter
  • 2 (12-oz.) cans evaporated milk

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°. Making sure all ingredients are at room temperature, grease two 9" round cake pans with 1 tbsp. unsalted butter; dust with 1 12 tbsp. flour, tap out excess, and set aside. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together; set aside. Beat remaining unsalted butter and 2 12 cups sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add flour mixture and milk alternately in 3 batches, beating smooth after each addition. Divide batter between pans. Bake until golden, 30–35 minutes. Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes; remove cakes; let cool completely. Slice tops off cakes to level them.
  2. To make icing, cook remaining sugar and salted butter in a pot over high heat, stirring constantly, until light brown, 7–8 minutes. Carefully stir in evaporated milk; reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring constantly, until smooth, 8–10 minutes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until icing registers 240° on a candy thermometer, about 1 12 hours. Remove from heat; beat with a wooden spoon until thick, glossy, and spreadable, 20–25 minutes. (A dollop dropped on a plate should ooze only slightly.) Ice bottom layer of cake; top with second layer and ice the outside. Chill cake until set.