Quinn is a big fan of caramel. I’ve talked about making him a caramel cake for ages. I like caramel, too, but in small doses. The idea of a cake whose primary flavor is caramel doesn’t really appeal to me. But, I aim to please, so I thought for Christmas I would try my hand at making one.
That’s when my plans took a little detour. Caramel cake being a popular dessert in the South, I figured Southern Living was a good place to start looking for recipes. Of the recipes I found on their recipe site, I was most intrigued by this one from another of their publications, Cottage Living, that has a caramel cream cheese frosting instead of the traditional caramel frosting.
I have made no secret about my adoration of all things cream cheese. Quinn also being a fan, I thought this cake would be just the thing. And was I ever right. The cake is delicious. No, it’s beyond delicious. In my mind, it was the highlight of our Christmas desserts.
My only problem was with the caramel layer. It didn’t set like I thought it should have. It became a little too hard and crumbly for my liking. I envisioned it being a lot smoother. I think that I messed that up somewhere along the way. Regardless, I still loved the cake.
And the caramel cream cheese frosting? Honestly, I would have been more than happy to have had just the frosting for my Christmas dessert. I will certainly be using that recipe again. I’m sure I can come up with all manner of things that would go with it wonderfully.