Quick-and-Easy Caramel Cake

This scrumptious caramel cake has all the flavor of its layered cousin with half the work.

Quick-and-Easy Caramel Cake
Yield: 10 to 12 servings
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. ½ cup sugar
  3. ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  4. 3 large eggs
  5. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  6. 2 cups cake flour
  7. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  8. ½ teaspoon salt
  9. ¾ cup half-and-half
  10. 1 (12-ounce) jar plus 1⁄4 cup caramel topping, divided
  11. Easy Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly spray a 13x9-inch baking pan with nonstick baking spray with flour. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars at high speed with an electric mixer until fluffy, stopping occasionally to scrape sides of bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla, beating to combine.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture to butter mixture in thirds, alternating with half-and-half, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat until smooth. Spread batter in prepared pan, smoothing top with an offset spatula.
  4. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke holes in top of warm cake. Pour 1⁄4 cup caramel topping over cake. Let cake stand at room temperature to absorb caramel and cool completely, approximately 2 hours.
  5. Spread Easy Cream Cheese Frosting over cooled cake. Pour remaining 1 jar caramel topping over frosting. Drag a butter knife through caramel topping to swirl.
BAKING TIP
  1. Be sure to let the cake cool completely before adding the cream cheese frosting to keep it from melting.
Taste of the South https://www.tasteofthesouthmagazine.com/
Easy Cream Cheese Frosting
Yield: approximately 4 cups
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Ingredients
  1. 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  2. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  3. 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and vanilla. Beat at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until creamy, approximately 2 minutes. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth.
Taste of the South https://www.tasteofthesouthmagazine.com/

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