A Symphony of Sweetness: Decadent Vanilla Buttermilk Cake with Irresistible Caramel Icing

Indulge your senses in a culinary masterpiece with our Decadent Vanilla Buttermilk Cake paired with an Irresistible Caramel Icing. This exquisite dessert is a celebration of flavors and textures that come together to create a symphony of sweetness. From the velvety crumb of the vanilla-infused buttermilk cake to the rich and luscious caramel icing, every bite promises pure delight. Let’s dive into the details of this heavenly treat.


For the Cake:

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

For the Icing:

  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup Crisco or preferred solid vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract


For The Cake:

  1. Preparation: Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease or butter three (3) 9-inch cake pans and dust the entire greased area with flour to lightly coat. Set aside.
  2. Creaming: In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter until fluffy. Add the sugar and cream for about 5-6 more minutes.
  3. Egg Addition: Add eggs, one at a time, and combine well after each addition.
  4. Flour and Buttermilk: Mix in the flour and buttermilk alternately, beginning and ending with flour. After each addition, mix just until incorporated.
  5. Vanilla Touch: Add vanilla and beat well.
  6. Baking: Divide the batter evenly among the pans and bake for 25-30 minutes until set. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean.
  7. Cooling: Let pans rest for 5 minutes. Then, turn the cakes out of the pans onto cooling racks and allow them to cool completely.

For the Icing:

  1. Preparation: In a cast iron Dutch oven or other heavy pot, mix all icing ingredients except for vanilla. Place over medium heat.
  2. Temperature Monitoring: Clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pot to monitor the temperature carefully.
  3. Simmering and Stirring: As the ingredients heat to a simmer, stir with a wooden spoon to keep the mixture moving in the pan.
  4. Caramel Perfection: Cook to the softball stage, reaching 235º – 245º on a candy thermometer.
  5. Vanilla Infusion: Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  6. Whipping: Beat with a wooden spoon until creamy and ready to spread. If using a mixer, once the icing has reached the softball stage, whip it until it holds to the whisk when the mixer is stopped.


Embrace the joy of baking with this Decadent Vanilla Buttermilk Cake and Irresistible Caramel Icing. Whether shared with loved ones or enjoyed as a solo indulgence, this dessert is a testament to the magic that happens when quality ingredients and careful craftsmanship come together. Revel in the symphony of flavors, and let each bite transport you to a realm of sweet satisfaction. The creation may take time, but the smiles it brings are timeless.

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