Brown Sugar Caramel Pound Cake

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There’s something about the combination of brown sugar , caramel, toffee, and pecans that just sings comfort, warmth, and pure indulgence. One of the treats that brings all these elements together in delightful harmony is the Toffee Pecan Caramel Brown Sugar Pound Cake. It’s a mouthful, but boy, is it a tasty one!

Let’s embark on a journey that delves deep into the essence of this dessert, understanding the intricacies and offering top-notch advice to make your baking session a roaring success.

The Heartwarming Backstory

Every festive season, there’s a tradition in many households to gift loved ones with delightful homemade treats. Drawing inspiration from a cherished family tradition, this cake recipe came alive. Think of it as an amalgamation of all things delicious during the holiday season – especially that delectable homemade toffee that doesn’t even last the duration of a car ride home!

So, what makes this cake truly special? It’s the crowd’s reaction. Whether it’s for a large gathering like Easter or a quaint little tea party, this cake has been known to disappear quickly and win hearts (and stomachs) everywhere!

Ingredients At A Glance:

While the name of our delightful cake might be a long one, the ingredient list is blissfully short:

  • Unsalted Butter: A staple for most cakes, but remember, always go unsalted.
  • Light Brown Sugar: Packed tight and sweet.
  • Granulated Sugar: It’s sweet but balances out with other ingredients.
  • Eggs: Room temperature is your best bet.
  • All-purpose Flour: Your foundation stone.
  • Baking Powder & Salt: For that perfect rise and balanced flavor.
  • Whole Milk: Emphasis on ‘whole’. Don’t cut corners with low-fat.
  • Toffee bits: Heath Bits O’ Brickle Toffee Bits come highly recommended.
  • Pecans: Go for raw, unsalted.
  • Caramel Sauce: Opt for homemade; the difference is palpable.

Nailing That Caramel Sauce :

You might be thinking, “Why not store-bought?” Well, homemade caramel sauce brings an authentic touch. It’s rich, creamy, buttery, and makes everything it touches taste like a dream. A simple combination of butter, brown sugar, evaporated milk, and vanilla can produce a sauce that stands tall amongst its store-bought peers.

Tips, Tricks & The Making:

  1. Preparation is Key: Always ensure ingredients like eggs and milk are at room temperature.
  2. Baking Equipment: Invest in a 12-cup nonstick bundt pan and grease it well to ensure your cake doesn’t stick.
  3. The Process: From creaming butter to folding in the toffee and pecans, always be gentle. Remember, overbeating can be a cake’s nemesis!
  4. Baking Etiquette: Avoid peeking while it’s baking; patience is the key to perfection. Overbaking? A big no-no!

Serving & Storage:

The beauty of this cake? It gets better with time! While you can devour it freshly baked, the flavors settle beautifully when stored properly. Keep it wrapped at room temperature, and if you’re looking to save some for much later, this cake freezes well too. Just ensure you add the caramel when serving and not before freezing.

Final Thought: Whether it’s a family gathering, a potluck with friends, or a simple evening snack with your loved ones, this Brown Sugar Pound Cake promises to add sweetness to your memories. Happy Baking!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 1/2 cup of butter-flavored shortening
  • 2 cups of packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 5 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour (don’t forget to sift it!)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup of toffee baking bits, plus more for a fancy garnish

For the mouthwatering Caramel Frosting:

  • 1 can (14 oz) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup of packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Optional garnish: 1/2 cup of pecan cookie pieces & additional toffee bits

Instructions:

  1. Let’s get started by preheating that oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Now, generously grease and lightly flour a beautiful bundt pan. Set it aside for now.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and butter-flavored shortening. Mix in the delightful brown sugar and granulated sugar until it’s all nice and smooth.
  3. Time to add those eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one. Now, fold in the luscious vanilla extract and give it a little stir. Set this bowl of goodness aside for the moment.
  4. In another medium bowl, whisk together the sifted all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Now, start adding this dry mixture into the wet mixture, alternating with the buttermilk and heavy whipping cream. Keep mixing it all up until it’s perfectly combined, and don’t forget to scrape down those sides of the bowl!
  5. It’s time to add the star of the show – those irresistible toffee baking bits! You can even throw in some pecan pieces if you fancy. Fold ’em in gently.
  6. Now, pour this heavenly batter evenly into your prepared bundt pan. Give the pan a little shake back and forth and up and down to even out the batter and release any sneaky air bubbles.
  7. Bake this beauty on the middle rack of your oven for about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Keep an eye on it, y’all!
  8. Once it’s done baking, take it out of the oven and let it chill in the pan for 10-15 minutes before gently removing it and placing it on a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  9. While the cake cools, let’s whip up that dreamy Caramel Frosting. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, stir together the sweetened condensed milk and packed brown sugar. Keep stirring until you see those bubbles gently breaking on the surface.
  10. Don’t let it boil or simmer too rapidly, or it might burn! Continue cooking and stirring for about 5 minutes until the mixture thickens to perfection.
  11. Take it off the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla until it’s all combined and heavenly. This sauce will keep thickening as it cools.
  12. Now comes the magical moment – pour the hot caramel sauce all over your cooled cake. Ooh, it’s gonna be divine! (You’ll probably have some sauce left over, but trust me, it’s amazing on ice cream!)
  13. For that extra touch of elegance, garnish the cake with pecan cookie pieces and more toffee bits. Oh, yeah, you know you want to!
  14. Let the cake sit until the frosting starts to harden, then it’s time to slice and serve. For an over-the-top experience, add a scoop of velvety vanilla ice cream alongside your Southern Caramel Toffee Pound Cake. Y’all are in for a treat like no other! Enjoy!

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