Old Fashioned Southern Burned Caramel Cake


For the cake

  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    For the frosting

    • 4 1/2 cups sugar, divided
    • 1/2 cup boiling water
    • 2 sticks margarine (1 cup)
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    For the cake

    • Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each.
    • Sift flour and baking powder and salt together three times. Add alternately with milk to creamed mixture.
    • Bake in greased and floured pans at 350 about 30 – 35 minutes. Cool before frosting.

    For the frosting

    • Burn ½ cup sugar in iron skillet. Add ½ cup boiling water to make syrup.
    • Add 4 cups sugar, 2 sticks margarine, and 1 cup milk.
    • Cook until soft ball stage. Remove from heat. Add 1 tsp. vanilla.
    • Set pan in cold water and beat until thick enough to spread.
    • Don’t forget to share the spatula, beaters, or bowl with batter or icing you set aside for the little ones.

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