This real deal Southern caramel cake recipe is the best southern classic recipe from scratch you will find. You won’t find one better than this!

This real deal Southern caramel cake recipe is the best southern classic recipe from scratch you will find. You won't find one better than this!

The classic caramel cake recipe has a moist yet slightly dense (but still light) yellow butter cake that isn’t too sweet because the caramel icing is the trust star of the party. The classic southern caramel cake doesn’t shortcut the caramel icing recipe with a quick brown sugar butterscotch method/caramel frosting substitution (this real deal doesn’t shortcut anything). This caramel uses granulated sugar and evaporated milk to create the luscious flavor.

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature (try a quality butter like this or this)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 cups sifted cake flour
  • 6 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract

For Aunt Bev’s Caramel Icing

  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • 2 (12 ounce) cans evaporated milk
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

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