Southern caramel cake recipes have always been a classic that I could have any day of the week.  My family has made it for decades, and it is definitely an old time Southern favorite.  The funny thing about this cake is a lot of people did not become familiar with it until the movie “The Help” mentioned it.  After the movie was released in theaters, I saw tons of replicas of this classic cake online (definitely real deal caramel cake imitators).  These recipes weren’t as authentic as I thought they should be.

They all seemed ok but nothing like the one I am used to eating.  The classic caramel cake recipe has a moist yet slightly dense (but still light) yellow butter cake that isn’t too sweet because the caramel icing is the trust star of the party.  The classic southern caramel cake doesn’t shortcut the caramel icing recipe with a quick brown sugar butterscotch method/caramel frosting substitution (this real deal doesn’t shortcut anything).  This caramel uses granulated sugar and evaporated milk to create the luscious flavor.

This southern caramel cake recipe is the real deal caramel cake.  It puts other caramel cake recipes to shame.  The caramel icing (definitely an icing and not a caramel frosting which is a bit different in texture and consistency) comes from my Aunt Bev, and she definitely gets down in the kitchen.  Try this for yourself and finally enjoy the true classic!  And P.S., this is not a cake you can throw together quickly.  It definitely takes about 3 hours from start to finish but it is well worth the wait!


  • For the Cake:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 2½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 cups sifted cake flour
  • 6 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • For Aunt Bev's Caramel Icing:
  • 1½ sticks butter
  • 2 (12 ounce) cans evaporated milk
  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  1. For the Cake:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, oil and sugar on high until fully incorporated and light and fluffy, about 5-6 minutes.
  4. Turn mixer to medium speed and mix in eggs and egg yolks one at a time until well incorporated.
  5. Add in vanilla extract and mix.
  6. Sift cake flour, baking powder and salt into a medium sized bowl.
  7. With mixer on slow speed, alternate adding in flour mixture and sour cream ending with flour mixture until mixed through.
  8. Do not over mix.
  9. Spray three 9 inch round cake pans with baking spray or grease and flour them.
  10. Pour batter into individual cake pans evenly.
  11. Bake in preheated oven for 23-30 minutes or until fully baked (but DON'T OVERBAKE THESE CAKES- CHECK THEM EARILER SO THEY DON'T DRY OUT).
  12. Remove cake pans from oven and cool on cooling racks for 10 minutes.
  13. Remove cakes from pans and wait until completely cooled to ice.
  14. For the Caramel Icing:
  15. Add butter, evaporated milk, and sugar to saucepan over medium heat until everything has melted together.
  16. Leave over medium to low heat stirring periodically for about 1½- 2 hours (watch the entire time to make sure it does not burn until thickened and caramel has darkened to a beautiful golden brown.
  17. Make sure that the caramel turns the color of the photo below before stopping the heat.
  18. It should also thickly coat the back of a spoon to ensure thickness.
  19. Be careful to watch, adjusting heat temperature to not let it burn.
  20. Remove from heat and add in vanilla extract.
  21. Cool for about 15-20 minutes to allow it to thicken before icing the cake.

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