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Southern Caramel Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting. A moist and fluffy yellow cake with sea salt caramel frosting. A Southern favorite cake! www.modernhoney.com

Southern Caramel Cake

Moist yellow fluffy cake with salted caramel frosting. A Southern favorite!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16
Author Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey


Southern Caramel Cake:

  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 2/3 cup Whole Milk or Buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Butter softened, cut into cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil
  • 1/3 cup Vanilla or Butterscotch Pudding Mix instant

Salted Caramel Frosting:

  • 12 tablespoons 1 1/2 sticks Butter, cut into 12 pieces and softened
  • 2 cups Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt Flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla.
  3. In a standing mixer, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Beat the butter into the flour mixture, one cube at a time. Continue to beat until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  5. Add the 1/2 of the egg-milk mixture and oil and beat the batter is light and fluffy. Add remaining egg-milk mixture and vanilla pudding and mix just until combined.
  6. Take a spatula and scrape the sides of the bowl.
  7. Spread into greased pans and smooth tops with spatula.
  8. Bake for 16-22 minutes, depending on the depth of pans. If the cake layers are thin, they will cook for less time than the thicker layers.
  9. Let cakes cool. Run a knife around edge of cake pan and flip over. Frost with salted caramel frosting.
  10. How to make Salted Caramel Frosting:
  11. Heat 8 tablespoons butter and brown sugar in large saucepan over medium heat until small bubbles appear around the edges of pan, about 4 - 8 minutes.
  12. Whisk in cream and cook until bubbles reappears, about 1 more minute. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla.
  13. Transfer hot frosting mixture to mixing bowl and with electric mixer on low speed, gradually mix in powdered sugar until incorporated. Increase speed to medium and beat until frosting is pale brown and just warm, about 5 minutes. Add remaining 4 Tablespoons of butter, 1 piece at a time, and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Frost cake immediately.
  14. *Frosting recipe adapted from Cook's Country recipe.