America's Test Kitchen is one of my very favorite shows to watch. I love how they come up with their recipes. This recipe was one that I've been wanting to try for awhile now. The cake was super yummy and I've always wondered how to make a caramel frosting. I liked the cake, but it seemed as though the flavor got a bit old, so I'll be playing around with this recipe in the future to see if I can get it to be more how I would like it to be.
America's Test Kitchen
Homemade Yellow Cake
2 ¼ cup All purpose flour
1 ½ tsp Baking soda
½ tsp Baking powder
¾ tsp salt
1 ½ cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
½ cup buttermilk
16 tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly soft
Mix dry ingredients in the bowl of your stand mixer. Then mix wet ingredients with whisk in a medium bowl.
Mix butter into dry ingredients on lowest speed of your stand mixer one to two tablespoons at a time, until pieces are pea sized and the mixture is a yellowish color. Add liquid ingredients half at a time and mix to combine. Pour batter into 2 nine inch pans that have been greased and floured (I cheated and used Pam for baking, seemed to work fine!). Even out by tapping on the counter a couple of times. Place on the middle rack of oven that's been preheated to 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cakes cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then cool completely about 1 hour on a wire rack before frosting.
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
Melt butter, brown sugar and salt in saucepan, while stirring. Look for little bubbles forming around the edge of the pan. When they form add heavy cream, whisking quickly. Heat again until the bubble around the edge return, when the bubbles return take the pan off the heat and whisk in the vanilla.
Put caramel mixture into stand mixer bowl. Add confectioners sugar. Mix on low speed at first. Add the sugar bit by bit. Beat on medium until lighter in color and fluffy. Add 4 tablespoon unsalted butter. Beat until nice and creamy.
Put ¾ cup of frosting on layer. Work really fast, spreading it. Frost top layer with the rest, being careful not to overwork.