Devil's Food Cake with Caramel Icing

Home Made Memories Devil’s Food Cake with Caramel Icing

My birthday was last weekend and my boys (all three of them) blessed me with something very special. Last week we heard about Sue’s Daddy’s favorite cake, this week I’m sharing with you my daddy’s favorite cake. Which just happens to be my favorite cake, too. And the only cake my older son will eat.

My Daddy’s Favorite Cake

This is the first cake I remember making as a little girl. I made it for him as often as I could over the years. Sometimes in his own kitchen when I visited him. It didn’t even have to be his actual birthday to whip up this treat. Any special occasion when we were together would do. Now, I not only eat it on my birthday but also on his in memory of him.

My daddy was far from perfect, but this sweet memory (pun intended) of him always brings a smile to my face. It just goes to show that we can choose what we remember about the people we love. The things my daddy kept as mementos of my life certainly told a tale about how he chose to remember me. And I’m thrilled to be passing this particular memory on to my own children. Especially since it means I no longer have to bake my own birthday cake.

Over Thanksgiving, my dear mama made two different cake combinations to satisfy my sister’s and my divergent tastes. She’s a funfetti girl and I’m all about the chocolate. One year, my mama flew to Texas to visit for my birthday and baked it a day early, so I could indulge in cake for breakfast! Best tradition ever!

This delicious cake always reminds me of my daddy! I bet you'll love it, too! #memories #homemadememories #recipe Click To Tweet

But it’s not really about the cake. That part is easy. It comes from a box. The icing is the real star of the show. Making it can be time-consuming, complicated, and even a little persnickety at times. But my boys nailed it!

Devil's Food Cake with Caramel Icing

Over the years, I have searched cooked books and more recently online recipe sites for just the right proportions and then I’ve tweaked and modified those. I’ve adjusted the ingredient quantities to come up with the perfect cake to icing ratio that leaves just enough for licking. So, the recipe you’ll find below is a conglomeration of several different recipes with my own little spin!

Devil’s Food Cake with Caramel Icing

Prepare and bake Devil’s Food Cake from a pre-packaged mix (I like Betty Crocker) as directed in two round pans. Cool.

Caramel Icing


2 cups Brown Sugar

1 cup butter, cubed

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 T vanilla (I use homemade: soak vanilla beans sliced longwise in cheap vodka for 8 weeks)

3-4 cups Powdered Sugar

Devil's Food Cake with Caramel IcingInstructions

In a saucepan combine brown sugar, butter, and cream. Cook on low until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium. Boil for 4-6 minutes. Remove from heat. Mix in 1 cup of powdered sugar with electric mixer. Cool for 12 minutes. Add in vanilla. Then mix in powdered sugar in 1/2 cup increments until you reach spreading consistency. If icing becomes too stiff, add in a little extra cream.

Place one round cake flat side up on a platter. Spread about 1/3 of the icing. Place second cake layer flat side down and spread remaining icing over top and sides. You may find it helpful to lift the pan and pour the icing on the top of the cake instead of scooping it out. Be sure to keep cake in a cool place.

We’ve always called it icing, but recently I’ve wondered if perhaps it isn’t more accurately called frosting? What do you think?

Is it icing or frosting? Who can tell me? All I know is this is delicious! #memories #homemadememories #recipe Click To Tweet



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Devil's Food Cake with Caramel Icing

2 thoughts on “Home Made Memories Devil’s Food Cake with Caramel Icing

  1. Yum!
    It’s frosting, based on the ingredients. But that is a good question since you cook it like some icings! Maybe there’s even a cooking word for an icing/frosting.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. My fave chocolate cake is Susie’s recipe from scratch without eggs–substitute oil. Then top with what I call butterscotch frosting, like my Grandma Klug made–very much like your daddy’s with butter, brown sugar, milk, vanilla, powdered sugar (cooked on stove). Yummy, is right on!…so excited the boys accomplished this treat…xo

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