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Butterscotch Cake with Caramel Icing

Butterscotch Cake with Caramel Icing

Salted Caramel Butterscotch Cake: A Symphony of Fall Flavors

Calling all caramel and butterscotch lovers! This Salted Caramel Butterscotch Cake recipe is about to become your new fall obsession. Imagine a moist and flavorful cake infused with the rich taste of butterscotch, all wrapped in a blanket of dreamy brown butter frosting and finished with a decadent salted caramel drizzle. It's a flavor explosion in every single bite, perfectly capturing the essence of the autumn season.


For the Cake:

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk

For the Brown Butter Frosting:

  • (Recipe not included in original text, but you can find many delicious brown butter frosting recipes online)

For the Salted Caramel Icing:

  • 1 ½ cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, divided
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat and Prep: Get your oven ready for baking by preheating it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans (or three 6-inch pans if you prefer a thicker cake). Alternatively, you can line the pans with parchment paper for easier removal.

  2. Creaming the Dream: In a large bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream together the softened butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. This creaming process incorporates air into the mixture, resulting in a lighter and more tender cake. Once the mixture is beautifully fluffy, add the vanilla extract and mix it in.

  3. Eggscellent Additions: One at a time, add the large eggs to the creamed butter and sugar mixture. Beat on low speed just until the eggs are incorporated. Don't overmix at this stage to avoid a tough cake.

  4. Dry Ingredients Unite: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. These dry ingredients will provide the structure for your cake.

  5. Alternating for Success: Here comes the magic! With your mixer on low speed, alternately add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the wet ingredients (creamed butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla). Begin and end with the dry ingredients, mixing just until everything is combined. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula to ensure even mixing.

  6. Baking Beauty: Pour the batter evenly into your prepared cake pans. Bake the cakes in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of the cake should come out clean when the cakes are done.

  7. Cool Cakes, Happy Wait: Once baked, take the cakes out of the oven and let them cool completely in the pans before frosting. This allows the cakes to set properly and prevents them from falling apart.

  8. Salted Caramel Magic (Optional): While the cakes cool, you can prepare the salted caramel icing. In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, flour, ¼ cup of butter (divided), milk, and vanilla extract. Heat the mixture over medium heat, bringing it to a boil. Stir constantly to prevent burning. Let the mixture boil for a full minute (or until it reaches 238 degrees Fahrenheit if using a candy thermometer) to ensure it thickens properly. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Let the caramel cool slightly until it reaches a spreadable consistency (warm but not hot).

  9. Frosting Fantasy (Separate Recipe): While the cakes cool completely, prepare your brown butter frosting according to your chosen recipe.

  10. The Grand Assembly: Once the cakes are cool and the frostings are ready, it's time to assemble your masterpiece! Frost the cooled cake layers with your delicious brown butter frosting. Don't forget to add a generous drizzle of the salted caramel icing over the top for that extra touch of decadence.

This Salted Caramel Butterscotch Cake is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, perfect for fall potlucks, afternoon tea parties, or a cozy night in. With its symphony of flavors and textures, it's a dessert that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more. So, gather your ingredients, bake with love, and enjoy the taste of fall in every single bite!