Monday, September 30, 2013

Carefree Caramel Cake

Carefree Caramel Cake

Cake. Caramel. Get Carried away!


Gather your ingredients. Butter, flour, sugar, milk, eggs, baking powder, salt and vanilla.

Vanilla Cake

Then start the cake making and get to mixing.

Broke Cake

Then get really bummed when you take your cake out of the pans too soon before they’ve cooled… and just before your going to take it to a friend’s house for dinner … in just over an hour. Have you been there, too? Ugh. So disappointing.

So that’s when the caramel layer cake I’d been dying to make became carefree.

And that’s perfectly okay, because this was one of the best tasting yellow cakes. It was so so good. Oh my gosh I could hardly stop eating pieces of it.

Crumbled Cake

But thankfully I stopped in time to save enough cake and turn them into personal desserts that I could easily carry.

Little jars. Big save. Score.

Now to make the caramel icing so I can layer it on.

Caramel Icing

Brown sugar, butter, evaporated milk and vanilla makes one thick glorious icing. You have to spread it quickly while it’s still warm because it will harden when it cools … that is if you’re icing a cake.

Caramel Cake

But in jars, and in a hurry… spooning it in worked just fine. My friends certainly didn’t mind.

Spoon. Crumble. Carry. On.

Caramel Cake

This caramel cake recipe came from a cute little book I have called Southern Cakes by Nancie McDermott.

GiGi's Caramel Cake … in Jars

Servings: one 9-inch two layer cake or four 16 oz. jars


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • - - - - - - - -
  • 1 lb box light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 7 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit. Grease and flour two 9 inch cake pans.
  2. Combine butter and milk in a small saucepan and heat on low until the butter melts. Stir and let cool to room temperature.
  3. Meanwhile, combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl using a wire whisk.
  4. In your mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar on high, scraping down the bowl often. Beat until light yellow, smooth and thick.
  5. Stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Mix just until the flour disappears. Add the cooled milk and butter mixture and then the vanilla. Stir well and pour into prepared pans.
  6. Bake at 325 for 25 - 30 minutes until cakes are pale golden brown and begin to pull away from the sides of the pans. Cool for 10 minutes on wire racks and then turn cakes out onto wire racks to cool completely.
  7. To make the icing… In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, evaporated milk, and vanilla. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Stir well and adjust heat so that the frosting boils and bubbles gently. Cook for 7 minutes. Remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes. Beat warm icing with a wooden spoon for 2-3 minutes until it thickens. Ice cake quickly or simply spoon into jars for easy carrying. Enjoy!
Source: Southern Cakes by Nancie McDermott, 2007

Caramel Cake In Jars

Tiffany said...

This looks DELISH!!!!! Can’t wait to try this out!

September 30, 2013 01:35 AM
Cecily said...

i love the little jars! i could eat at least 3!

September 30, 2013 01:42 AM
Cindy C said...

I love Carmel. And Cake. And Food in jars! This is going on my to-do list right away!

September 30, 2013 01:43 AM
Nora said...

Oh my. I love caramel cake. You can carry some to my house.

September 30, 2013 01:43 AM
Loralyn said...

Yum! I’m on a caramel & coconut kick lately, so I’d top that deliciousness off with some toasted coconut.

September 30, 2013 02:31 AM
Malin said...

Oh, God. This makes me wish I had a jar with cake right now so bad. So cute!!

September 30, 2013 03:04 AM
Izzy said...

What a cute way to carry dessert! I think topping it with ice-cream might be another good (but naughty) idea! Maybe you could put on some bananas to be healthier! : )

September 30, 2013 03:07 AM
francis said...

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September 30, 2013 04:11 AM
Karola said...

I love the idea of serving cake in jars! I think I’m gonna use it for a oncoming party at my parents place. Looks yummy, as always :)

September 30, 2013 06:17 AM
mindy1 said...

OMG soo good :D want it :D

September 30, 2013 06:47 AM
jenny Flake said...

Yes! I’m grabbing a spoon :) xoxo

September 30, 2013 08:54 AM
Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Oh yum! Instant cravings for this!

September 30, 2013 08:59 AM
Heather H. said...

My grandmother called this her Lazy Daisy cake, and we didn’t cook the frosting. Pour it on the hot cake, then back in the oven, under the broiler until it bubbles all over. Then serve it from the pan, I guess that’s the Lazy part!

It’s my favorite cake!

September 30, 2013 09:39 AM
Trudy said...

What a great little way to serve up something yummy and a very novel way of bringing a dessert to a…say…pot-luck or anywhere else. Very portable.
Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to more goodies.
Bakerella, you never disappoint.

September 30, 2013 09:42 AM
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

Oh man, so easy!! Love this!

September 30, 2013 10:14 AM
Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate said...

Way to improvise. They look way cuter in jars anyways. I have an affinity for individual desserts like this!

September 30, 2013 10:39 AM
Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff said...

Nice save! A layer cake may be pretty, but eating out of a jar is fun!

September 30, 2013 11:28 AM
Louise said...

These are so cute and delicious looking!

September 30, 2013 11:28 AM
Bakerella said...

Thank you guys!
AND IZZY … I could totally go for ice cream with these cakes. And bananas, too.

September 30, 2013 12:33 PM
Marianne L said...

These cakes look awesome. What a great idea!

September 30, 2013 02:09 PM
Beth @ bethcakes said...

Good save! Everything is cute in jars, especially these! :)

September 30, 2013 02:43 PM
Amanda said...

Sooooo good and I love the presentation! :)

September 30, 2013 02:59 PM
Heather Saffer said...

What a great holiday gift!

September 30, 2013 03:48 PM
Kiran @ said...

Divine! Love when accidents makes for the most easy and delicious portable desserts :)

September 30, 2013 03:56 PM
Coco in the Kitchen said...

The cake looks light and airy.
That caramel sauce looks wicked good.
The individual portions in jars are irresistible.
LOVE these li’l cuties!

September 30, 2013 05:04 PM
Jenny said...

What a great & easy fix!
Does the caramel harden a lot or is it still a little soft for chewing?

September 30, 2013 06:09 PM
Javi Trulove @ T3treats said...

So clever.. turning a Fiasco on a cute little dessert… Love the idea

September 30, 2013 07:14 PM
Pam L said...

This reminds me of something I saw on Shark Tank. A mom and her daughter started a business with “cupcake jars” and apparently is a huge success! All that gooey goodness of cake and frosting and other yummy sweet stuff sounds awesome to me! Especially because with a jar I could be sure to get frosting with every bite… just stir!

Thanks for this recipe and jar idea!

September 30, 2013 07:58 PM
Martina Palatto said...

I just tried this tonight—tastes great!

September 30, 2013 09:25 PM
Karen said...

Those cakes look sooooo sweet in those jars – I love it! Yum-yum…

September 30, 2013 09:25 PM
talktomyshoes said...

This looks incredible! I’m definitely going to try it! Yum yum yum!

September 30, 2013 10:42 PM
Tia said...

Thankyou bakerella for your quirky ideas and delicious treats . <3

October 1, 2013 06:42 AM
bridget {bake at 350} said...

These are so adorbs!

October 1, 2013 08:58 AM
Betterwithsugar said...

Cake in jars, that is such an awesome idea! And looks so cute! Also a great idea for when I mangle a cake when taking it out of the pan, problem solved :)

October 1, 2013 02:15 PM
Nancie McDermott said...

I am so happy I could fly up and kiss the moon! Thank you, Bakerella. An honor and a pleasure to be in your sweet and wonderful kitchen. Thank you thank you thank you. Gigi would have LOVED this.

October 1, 2013 10:13 PM
Megan Davey said...

I cant wait to try this one! I feel inspired!!

October 1, 2013 10:25 PM
Lea said...

The jars work a real treat. I absolutely love the look of this, trying it this weekend :)

October 1, 2013 11:56 PM
Our Vintage Life said...

That icing looks SO good!

I wish I had it right now!

October 2, 2013 08:50 AM
Sandy Coughlin said...

It doesn’t get better than dessert in a jar. Casual and delicious!

October 2, 2013 10:46 AM
Glory/ Glorious Treats said...

Yum!! I love any treat in a jar, and these look so amazingly delicious!

October 2, 2013 04:52 PM
Natasha @ The Cake Merchant said...

These are so cute! Anything tastes better eaten out of a jar.

October 2, 2013 08:20 PM
eva7g said...

great save :) they look yummy

October 2, 2013 11:06 PM
bec said...

that looks so good! i should make these someday!!

October 3, 2013 02:33 PM
Celine said...

Looks yummy and sweet! Love those little jars that you are using! I’m gotten head out to nearby stores to buy them and give your recipe a try! Cheers!!

October 3, 2013 09:39 PM
Leah said...

Gosh, these look absolutely delicious. I know what I’m doing this weekend lol.

October 3, 2013 11:47 PM
Tara said...

These are so cute! I love the little jars. I’ll have to keep this idea in mind for the holidays :)

October 11, 2013 01:25 PM
Livia said...

I loved this idea, so cute in little jars!
Where did you buy the little jars?

October 19, 2013 11:05 AM
Beb said...

its good to find your site. never too late! I can learn more techniques. God bless your kind heart
as you keep on posting good recipe. More power!

October 30, 2013 12:19 AM
Margot said...

Oh my gosh what an amazing recipe! I can’t wait to try this at home, it is so easy and simple, yet delicious and delightful. Fantastic idea and very original! I have learned some new and interesting techniques and methods, I feel very ready to try making this one for the family and friends. Keep the good ideas coming!

October 31, 2013 12:28 PM
Linda said...

I like the idea of the cake in the jar. I was wondering if you can can these and if so, for how long? This would be great if they would last for a month or two. You never know when or where you may need them.

February 11, 2014 03:42 AM
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