Old Fashioned Southern Burned Caramel Cake




For the cake

  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the frosting

  • 4 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 sticks margarine (1 cup)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the cake

  • Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each.
  • Sift flour and baking powder and salt together three times. Add alternately with milk to creamed mixture.
  • Bake in greased and floured pans at 350 about 30 – 35 minutes. Cool before frosting.

For the frosting

  • Burn ½ cup sugar in iron skillet. Add ½ cup boiling water to make syrup.
  • Add 4 cups sugar, 2 sticks margarine, and 1 cup milk.
  • Cook until soft ball stage. Remove from heat. Add 1 tsp. vanilla.
  • Set pan in cold water and beat until thick enough to spread.
  • Don’t forget to share the spatula, beaters, or bowl with batter or icing you set aside for the little ones.


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