The Best Cake Everrrrr: Caramel Cream Dream Cake....

I was determined to make a sweet today since it had been almost a month since my last 'Sweet Stuff Sunday' post..... Problem is, I did not want to leave the house, and I decided to create something out of the ingredients I had at the moment..... The most creamy, dreamy, caramellllly cake was born. It is a thin, creamy dense cake with homemade caramel made from the goat's milk on top. It was a bit time consuming, but well worth the effort. This recipe was just enough for Christian and myself and our friend, Lauren... She actually helped me come up with the name! If you want to make enough for more than 4 or 5 people, I would suggest doubling the recipe and using a larger dish to bake it in. They key is to have a thin dense cake, so where I used an 8"x 8", you could use a deep cookie sheet I would think because the cake is thin... I am going to give this recipe another go soon and see about a larger batch. You may just have to use two 8"x 8".... The caramel alone takes about an hour to make, so just warning you this is not a dessert you can just pop in the oven and check on in 20 min ;)  ...

The ingredients I had on hand:

raw goat milk
GF flour
confectioners sugar
only 1 stick of butter (end of the month slim pickin's at our house! )
baking powder
baking soda
vanilla extract
and only I only had ONE egg left!!

First pour 2 Cups milk (I used raw goat milk) into a saucepan. Add about a tsp of vanilla extract.  I would say the milk and vanilla should only take up half or less of the depth of the pan. 
Add 1/2 Cup granulated sugar and heat to a boil while stirring.
Once the mixture comes to a boil, remove from heat and add a pinch of salt and a 1/4 tsp baking soda. The baking soda will immediately make the mixture froth which is why you need a deep saucepan...
Return to a low/med heat so that the mixture is slightly bubbly and make sure to stir every 5-7 minutes to keep it from scorching. 
During this time, preheat the oven to 400.
Continue to stir until mixture turns a golden brown then continually stir until it is thick enough to coat the spoon. Then remove from heat and start preparing your cake.

For the cake, whisk 1/2 Cup flour, and 1 tsp baking powder together in a small bowl. 
Melt one stick of butter slightly and mix in 1/2 Cup powdered sugar in a medium bowl. 
Add 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 egg, and  1/4 C milk and whisk until all is blended together, then add flour mixture and beat with a handheld mixer just until all is mixed.
Butter your dish so that the cake doesn't stick,  then pour in your batter and bake 15 - 17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when tested. 

While cake is still hot, poke holes in it with a knife, pour caramel over the top, and let cool for about an hour. 

Ohhhhhhhhh. Emmmmmm. Geeeeeeeee. This was the most delicious thing I've ever whipped up on a whim!!!

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