Could you eat any dessert (or fruit or bread for that matter) that has been drizzled with caramel? I could! Caramel is one of my favorite flavors. To highlight caramel, I chose to use a cake recipe from Cooking Light for their brown sugar pound cake and used brown butter in the batter. What a distinct, nutty flavor the brown butter added to this Bundt cake. I kept it simple but you could add walnuts or pecans to the batter or on top of this cake quite easily. The caramel was reserved for the icing and the combination was just right. The icing is off-white and not the deep caramel color I expected, but that is due to the icing base of butter and powdered sugar. The flavor of the homemade caramel sauce comes through beautifully and is amplified by the touch of salt.
Ingredients: (adapted from Cooking Light April 2000)
2 Tablespoons plain breadcrumbs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, browned (See this tip for browning butter)
2 cups golden brown sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1 cup fat-free milk
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a Bundt pan with cooking spray and coat with breadcrumbs.
1. First make the brown butter (here are instructions from a Cooking Light article). Let it cool for about 10-15 minutes.
2. In a large bowl mix the flour, baking powder, and salt. Separately, add the brown butter to the brown sugar and vanilla, beat with a stand mixer (or electric mixer) until well-combined. Add eggs and oil.
3. Now add the flour mixture to the sugar & butter mixture, alternating with the milk. Don’t skip this step of alternating as it adds to the structure and formation of the crumb of the cake. Start and end with the flour, mixing on low speed.
4. Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan and bake for 60-70 minutes. Cool completely in the pan then invert onto a cake plate.
Salted Caramel Icing:
Ingredients: (adapted slightly from chow.com recipe for salted caramel icing)
1/4 cup sugar
2 TB water
1/4 cup cream
8 Tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 TB brown sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
Combine 1/4 cup sugar and water, stirring at first then allow the mixture to heat undisturbed over medium high heat. Simmer for about 7 minutes or until the caramel color develops.
Remove from heat and add the cream, stirring until smooth. Let cool before adding to the remaining ingredients.
Meanwhile, cream the butter and salt until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and brown butter, mixing until smooth.
Now add in the cooled caramel and mix on medium low until well combined. Pour over the cooled cake. Enjoy!
Here is what the group has been baking this month:
Brown Butter Bundt Cake with Salted Caramel Icing by Holly from A Baker's House
Buttermilk Bundt Cake with Salted Caramel Icing by Carrie from Poet In The Pantry
Caramel Pound Cake by Veronica from My Catholic Kitchen
Chocolate Bundt Cake with Salted Caramel by Alice from Hip Foodie Mom
Double Glazed Caramel Mocha Bundt by Stacy from Food Lust People Love
Dulce de Leche Bundt Cake by Renee from Magnolia Days
Dulce de Leche Swirl Pound Cake by Anuradha from Baker Street
Orange Caramel Bourbon Bundt Cake by Paula from Vintage Kitchen Notes
Salted Butterscotch Caramel Bundt Cake by Laura from The Spiced Life
Salted Caramel Mini Apple Cake Bundts by Anita from Hungry Couple
Snickers Bundt Cake by Karen from In The Kitchen with KP
Vanilla Bean Salted Caramel Bundt Cake by Kate from Food Babbles
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