vanilla birthday cake with caramel frosting

My son loves caramel, and is all about the texture of cake, so this is what I made for his birthday. The frosting is quite sweet, but the cake balances it out. It is scrumptious!

Cake ingredients

180 g butter

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla pod scrapings or essence

2 cups self-raising flour

½ cup milk


Frosting ingredients

125 g butter

1 cup brown sugar

80ml milk

1 ½ cups icing powder



With an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until well combined. Then add the eggs one at a time, beating in between additions. Add the flour, essence and milk. Keep beating and the mixture will increase in volume and be smooth. Grease a cake tin and spoon the mix into the tin. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 45 minutes.

Place the butter and brown sugar together in a saucepan on low heat. Once combined add the milk and icing powder. Stir until no lumps are evident, then take off the heat and cool down.

Once the cake has cooled down (a couple of hours later) spoon the icing onto the middle of the cake and gently push in a round circle to the edge. The icing will fall down the cake, here mine is a little runny because I didn’t measure the butter too well and it was 38 degrees here in Queensland that day! Add whatever fruits the birthday boy/girl likes and serve immediately!

This cake has a great crumb, and the caramel icing is sweet, creating a great family cake for any occasion!

vanilla birthday cake with caramel frosting

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