Southern Pecan Caramel Cake


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup whole milk
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup pecans, chopped

Caramel Frosting:
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup whole milk
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1️⃣ Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans.

2️⃣ In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.

3️⃣ In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Fold in the chopped pecans.

4️⃣ Divide batter evenly among the prepared cake pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

5️⃣ For the frosting, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and milk. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Gradually beat in powdered sugar and vanilla extract until smooth.

6️⃣ Once the cakes are completely cool, spread the caramel frosting between the layers and on the top and sides of the cake. Garnish with whole pecans if desired.

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cooking Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 50 minutes
Kcal: 550 kcal | Servings: 12 servings


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