Sweet Stuff Sunday!!

I was stumped on what to make today for Sweet Stuff Sunday.... Then I started to go back and look at the last several weeks of treats... they have all been finger desserts. Cookies, donut holes, brownies, and cheesecake bites. It was time for a decadent cake. Or pie. Mmmmm.... I look in the fridge... I have buttermilk that needs to be used. Buttermilk pie? I have not made one of these yet, and they are really delicious, but I think I am in more of a cake mood... I look in my pantry... GF flour, confectioners sugar, brown sugar, molasses..... I got it! 
A brown sugar buttermilk CAKE! 

This cake turned out really good, but not all that sweet. The icing is however really sweet, so they compliment each other well.

For the cake:

2 2/3 Cup 'Cup 4 Cup' GF flour OR all purpose flour
6 Tbsp cornstarch
4 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Cups dark brown sugar
2 sticks softened butter
4 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 1/4 Cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract

First, preheat oven to 350, then grease three 8 inch round cake pans.

Whisk flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.

Add the brown sugar and break it up with the whisk while whisking it in with the flour mixture.
Add the softened butter and with an electric mixer, mix on low until crumbly.
In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, yolks, vanilla, and buttermilk together.
Combine egg and buttermilk mixture with flour mixture and mix for about a minute until well mixed.
Divide batter between the three pans and pop in the oven for 27-29 minutes. Mine were ready right at 27 minutes, but test with a toothpick just to be sure. 

For the frosting:

1/4 C granulated sugar
2 Tbsp water
1/4 C heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 sticks softened butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 Cup confectioners sugar

While your cakes are cooking, bring the water to a boil  and add the sugar. Cook over a med-low heat for about 5 minutes or until the sugar water turns a dark amber color...
Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract and heavy cream and let this mixture cool...
While the caramel mixture is cooling, whip the butter and salt together until smooth and creamy.
Add confectioners sugar and mix until smooth...

Add the caramel and mix for another 30-35 seconds. 
Now your cakes should be cool enough for the frosting...
Layer and frost! 


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