Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Caramel Birthday Cake for Mom

This past Sunday was my mom's birthday (to protect the innocent I won't reveal her age)

She asked for a pound cake with caramel frosting.

There was a standard to live up to, as the best pound cake with caramel frosting comes from a woman by the name of Frances who ran my youth group when I was younger.

I was pretty sure I wouldn't live up to Frances' standards, but I gave it my best shot anyway.

I took a recipe of my grandmother's for pound cake but made the error of using all purpose flour instead of cake flour.

This wasn't a complete fail, but the cake turned out a bit more dense than I would have liked it.

So here is the final product:

I took the picture in the Mexican restaurant we went to (sorry I should have taken the time to style it).

Nana's Pound Cake

2 sticks butter
1 3/4 C sugar
5 eggs
2 C cake flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla

Cream your butter and sugar with an electric mixer.

Add eggs one at a time (incorporate fully before adding next egg).

Fold in flour, salt, and vanilla.

Pour into greased and floured bundt pan.

Bake for 70-80 minutes at 350 degrees.

For the frosting I went with a recipe I found of Paula Deen's (I figure she knows what to do with butter and sugar).

1 stick butter
1 C packed brown sugar
1/3 C heavy cream
16 oz (1 box) confectioner's sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.

Add brown sugar and heavy cream, bring to a boil.

Pour in mixing bowl and add vanilla and confectioner's sugar.

Beat with an electric hand held mixer until it reaches spreading consistency.

This was the easiest frosting to make.  I was quite intimidated as caramel makes me nervous, but I couldn't have been more pleased with the turn out.

By the looks on their faces I have to say I think they were pleased:

I am going to keep working on the pound cake, because it wasn't exactly what I wanted.  If any of you have suggestions for good pound cake recipes comment below, or e-mail them to me, I would love to give them a try.


  1. Yes you should have taken proper time to style the cake :) It looks great! I actually have only made one pound cake in my life. My go to recipe site is allrecipes, I like that much better than Martha Stewart, but she's good too.

  2. All I have to say is that it was delicious, the children were precious (duh!), and I LOVE you VERY much!!!

    Love always,

  3. Happy Birthday Tootsie! Sounds like you had a wonderful celebration! :)
    The cake looks scrumptious Rachel. You mustn't sell yourself short! I can just imagine how delicious that caramel frosting is. It looks amazing!
    Have a wonderful week! We're on school holidays yet again, so it's 'all go' round here :) xx

  4. Happy Belated Birthday to Tootsie! The cake looks as good as she said it was. :)

  5. I love that you brought the cake to the restaurant...I always feel like such a rule breaker, but what's a birthday without cake! Happy Birthday Tootsie!!!