Quick and Easy Caramel Cake

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  • 2 cups Swans Down Cake Flour (sifted)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup half & half
  • 24 ounces caramel topping (prepared, divided)
  • 16 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Lightly spray a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with baking spray with flour; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at high speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla, stirring to combine.
  5. With mixer at lowest speed, add flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with half-and-half and beating until smooth. Spread batter in prepared pan.
  6. Bake until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean, 25 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven. Using a wooden spoon handle, poke several holes in warm cake. Pour 1 jar prepared caramel topping over cake. Let cake sit at room temperature to absorb caramel, and cool completely, approximately 2 hours.
  7. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and vanilla. Beat at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until creamy, approximately 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth. Spread over cooled cake (refrigerate leftover). Pour remaining 1 jar caramel topping over frosting in a zigzag pattern. Drag a butter knife through caramel topping to create desired design. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator up to 5 days.
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C H. 10 Feb 2017
This was easy and yummy. Very sweet. I used salted caramel, but outside of that I followed the recipe as it was written. I couldn't find swans cake flour. . . I just replaced 4 Tablespoons of AP flour after measuring 2 cups and then I added 4 Tablespoons old cornstarch. I will definitely be making this again.