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Mama Ruby's Made-From-Scratch Caramel Cake Recipe

I love making cakes at home; the experience of making something from scratch is always so fun.

Mama Ruby's made-from-scratch caramel cake.

Mama Ruby's made-from-scratch caramel cake.

Mama Ruby's Delicious Caramel Cake Made from Scratch

I love caramel cake. My mom's is the best! Luckily for you all, she gave me permission to share her delicious, popular recipe with you all. Learn how to make both the cake and icing from scratch.

Caramel is one of my most favorite sweets and tasty delights! Here's a brief history that you may find interesting: Caramel is basically an American confection that can be traced back to as early as the 17th century. Folks began using caramelized sugar with water to make goodies and ate these as candies.

However, since it was so delicious, easy to make and transport, and had such a long-lasting shelf life, other advanced variations started happening. By the mid-1850s, someone discovered that the addition of milk and fat to the caramelized sugar yielded a sweet, chewy confection, which we know as caramel. Caramel was born and has continued to gain popularity! You can enjoy it in this cake, for one.


My dear Mama Ruby makes the best caramel cake ever.

My dear Mama Ruby makes the best caramel cake ever.

Ingredients for Caramel Cake and Icing


For the cake:

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  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 8 ounces of sour cream
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt

For the icing:

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions for the Cake

  1. Preheat your oven to 355F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time and beat. Then, add sour cream.
  4. Fully mix in dry ingredients until batter is relatively smooth.
  5. Prepare your three cake pans and lightly butter and flour them.
  6. Pour your cake batter into the three lightly buttered and floured pans and smooth out.
  7. Bake for about 35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Let cake(s) cool for about five minutes in the pan, then turn them over on a cooling rack(s).

Instructions for the Caramel Frosting

  1. Melt butter and brown sugar and evaporated milk.
  2. Cook for two minutes over medium heat. Add vanilla and mix. (Note: Make sure this is no longer than two minutes, so you don't burn your frosting).
  3. Remove immediately from heat after two minutes.
  4. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
Adding the powdered sugar into your frosting mix.

Adding the powdered sugar into your frosting mix.

The frosting should be enough for a three-layer cake. Once you are done making both components, frost your cake layers to your liking and enjoy!


© 2008 Barbara Isbill

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