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Boisterous.

That is the word that I would use to describe the typical Eats Well With Others family Thanksgiving.  (A few others come to mind as well…but it’s the holiday season, people.  And so I’m trying to play nice.)

There are tequila shot contests.  Screaming matches.  And it’s rare that the meal goes by without someone making an explosive exit, slamming the door behind them as they go, and yelling that they’re applying for emancipation the next day because they want nothing to do with this family ever again.  Only to return again the next year to perform the same theatrics all over again.

Like I said.  “Boisterous”.

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This year, however.  Was different.

My brother and cousin cut themselves off at the point of jovial drunkenness (you know, before the manic rage set in).  My father only told my uncle to “get the f*** out of his house” a mere five times instead of the usual thirty-two.  And my grandmother didn’t accuse a single person of trying to steal her money.

Truly, it was a holiday of miracles.

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Err, one miracle to be precise.  That being, this cake.

If you follow me on twitter, you know that I spent the three weeks before Thanksgiving in a state of mental torment and indecision.  I vacillated between layer cakes, tiramisu, pies, trifles…eventually rejecting each option out of fear that they would not appeal to my family’s increasingly picky palates.  (Truly, it gets worse every year.)

And then there was this.

I knew it was the one when I ran it by my brother (remember him of “vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting” infamy?  Such a dessert minimalist.) and he said that he approved.  I believe his exact words were “I can deal with that”.  Now, for a boy that doesn’t ever get excited about anything sweet, that was a huge step.

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Back to my original point, which was that this cake is going to bring about world peace.  I mean, if it could silence the Eats Well With Others clan to the point that they could actually tolerate each other for a good seven hours.  There is nothing that it can’t do.

And with homemade caramel, mascarpone buttercream frosting, a dense and unbelievably moist cake core, and approximately 6 sticks of butter.  Would you really expect anything less?

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Deep, Dark Salted Butter Caramel Sauce (Sauce au Caramel au Beurre Sale)
Makes about 1 1/3 cups, adapted from Smitten Kitchen


1 cup sugar
6 tbsp salted butter
1/2 cup heavy cream

1. Melt the sugar over medium to moderately high heat in the largest post you have.  I’m serious.  Largest pot.  Whisk as you melt to make sure the sugar heats evenly.  Cook the sugar to a nice dark copper color.

2. Add the butter all at once, continuously whisking.  When it has melted and incorporated, turn off the stove and pour in the heavy cream.  The whole mixture will foam and rise up to the top of the pot so it’s a good idea to wear gloves during all this.  Whisk until you get a smooth sauce.

3. Pour it right away into a glass jar.  Use it immediately or store it in the fridge for up to two weeks.  If it gets stiff from being in the fridge, just microwave for a few seconds before using it.

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Apple-Spice Layer Cake with Caramel Swirl Icing
Serves about 16, adapted from Rebecca Rather’s The Pastry Queen Christmas (via Pink Parsley)

For the Cake:
3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups sugar
2 tbsp pomegranate molasses (original called for regular molasses but i’m not such a fan)
6 large eggs
3 cups cake flour
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground ginger
1 cup sour cream (I used low fat)
3 granny smith apples, peeled and shredded
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger

For the icing:
2 batches of caramel
3 sticks butter, at room temperature
2 tbsp heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup mascarpone
2 cups pecan pieces, toasted

1. Preheat the oven to 350.  Grease either two or three 9-inch cake pans depending on your preference and/or the size of your cake pans.  Mine are incredibly deep so I only used two but if yours are not so deep, then you want to use three.  Line each pan with parchment paper and grease that as well.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about three minutes.  Beat in the molasses and scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Add the eggs one at a time, only adding the next after the previous one has been thoroughly incorporated.

3. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and ginger.  Add the sour cream and flour mixture alternately to the batter, starting and ending with the flour (flour in 3 increments, sour cream in 2).  Stir in the shredded apples trying to leave as much juice behind as possible, vanilla, and fresh ginger.

4. Split evenly among your cake pans.  If using two cake pans, put on the same rack in the oven.  If using three, place two of the pans side by side on one rack and the third on the other rack.  Make sure they are staggered so that no pan is directly under the other.  Bake 35-40 minutes if using three or 50-55 minutes if using two, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Rearrange the layers about halfway through.

5. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.  Carefully unmold the cakes to a cooling rack.  Let cool completely before icing.  I made these on Wednesday night and then iced on Thursday morning.

6. For the icing – cream the butter on medium-high speed for three minutes or until fluffy.  Add the powdered sugar over low speed until combined.  Then, add the cream and vanilla.  Increase speed to medium-high and beat for 3 minutes, or until fluffy.  Add the mascarpone and beat over low speed or until just incorporated.  Take one of your batches of caramel and heat just until it’s a bit liquidy but not so hot that it’s scorching.  You want it to be around room temperature.  Stir into the frosting, using large strokes to create swirls.  Place one cake layer on a cake stand or serving plate and spread icing over the top of it.  Top with the second cake and repeat.  (And then again with the third if using three layers).  Cover the cake with an even layer of frosting.  **I found this frosting to be less stiff than most so it was hard to get a super pretty frosting job.  No matter since you’re going to be covering it with pecans and caramel!  Ah, the beauty of this cake.** Pat the toasted pecans onto the sides of the cake.  Melt your second batch of caramel to just room temperature.  Pour of the the top and, using a spoon, spread it almost to the sides of your cake.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Given the hectic-ness of the holiday season, I am going to extend the deadline for Regional Recipes: BRAZIL to the end of December, this way everyone who wants to participate will have ample time.  Thanks to all those who have already submitted entries and to those who are for sure going to now that I’ve extended it!  Ahem.  Everyone.

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114 Responses to Apple-Spice Layer Cake with Caramel Swirl Icing

  1. Simply Life says:

    wow, that looks hypnotic from the way I’ve been staring at it – I’m sure it can make others in a trance as well and forget how many times they’ve sworn at their relatives…nice work!

  2. jenna laughs says:

    Joanne – I loved this post! “And my grandmother didn’t accuse a single person of trying to steal her money.” hahaha! Hysterical. And the cake looks insane. 3 sticks of butter and low fat sour cream – you are my kinda girl.

  3. Katy ~ says:

    Oh my gosh, Joanne, you are just too real, and funny! I think our families must be related somehow, smiles.

    And this cake…oh this cake…I agree, it could bring world peace. It is GORGEOUS!!!

  4. 6 sticks of butter?! No wonder it tastes like a miracle. I made cookies last night. 2 sticks of butter for 45 cookies make for a delicious cookie, let me tell you.

    But I’m glad the cake brought about peace to your fambam. Next time ship some over my way!

  5. Ooh, this is decadent. I love the color of this cake and everything else of course. Yum!

  6. Amy says:

    LOL. You just painted a picture of a movie I would totally pay to see. My family could easily be your neighbors.

    Ah, a cake with super powers. That’s the best kind. I was completely underwhelmed by my pecan pie. Maybe next year I’ll make Apple-Spice Layer Cake with Caramel Swirl Icing – can’t imagine there will be any complaints.

  7. Tasha says:

    This is quite a cake! I can see why it brought some harmony to your Thanksgiving day. I have to admit I am probably much like your brother when it comes to sweets, but I think I would be unable to resist trying a few bites.

  8. Lea ann says:

    That cake looks totally amazing. I was hoping to hear that you made one small pan of boxed Stove Top for your dad. 🙂

  9. Stella says:

    This cake looks so dense and moist, Joanne-just lovely! I need to start making more layer cakes. I used to love having them around when I was little…
    Oh, and your father and uncle sound so dramatic;) Like crazy holiday in the movies. You should tape them (smile).

  10. Kristen says:

    I love how moist that cake looks. The caramels, the frosting…it’s a wonder to behold.

  11. Julie says:

    This cake looks amazing!!! No wonder it helped create calm with the family!! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

  12. Your family sounds like my girlfriend’s Italian family dinners. She says that, hard to believe, it’s all for real. You both could write a movie, but nobody would believe it, right? You had me a caramel. The cake looks dense and moist, for certain… and I AM intrigued on the pomegranate molasses. As you know, I just made a jar of it and am looking at other ways to enjoy it. This looks like an office cake– which is my way of saying, I’d eat one slice and give the rest away to spare my bathroom scale the collateral damage of me standing on it. Lovely!

  13. All your close-up shots make me drooling and craving for your cake. It looks marvellous!

  14. I have never cooked with pomegranate molasses but now I’m intrigued! I still have not made a layer cake… but after overcoming my fear of making pies, I may have to try one out.

  15. This cake is a masterpiece Joanne and would easily craete peace in the world if we all sat down at your tabel:D

  16. Your family sounds just like Cher’s in the movie ‘Moonstruck’. If you haven’t seen it – rent it, it’s great!

    I think this cake has what it takes to create family miracles! It looks fantastic!

  17. Kristin says:

    My family is the same exact way except our clan only gets together like this on Christmas Eve.

    This cake looks extremely good. I think you did a good job deciding on this one rather than something else. I would have hated to miss this recipe!

  18. Katerina says:

    I love caramel glaze in cakes. This one looks scrumptious. Well, one thing you cannot say about your family is that they bore you. I am sure you expect every year so as to see what happens. Good thing you extended the deadline for Brasil, because I haven’t done anything yet.

  19. elra says:

    Gorgeous and mouth watering !

  20. Chris says:

    Hopefully it wasn’t your 14 y/o sister doing the tequila shots 😉

    Marcapone buttercream frosting? SHUT UP! Hand me some of that please. The shot from above is gorgeous. Great job all around Joanne (for the cake and the family diplomacy!).

  21. Oh Joanne , this cake is soooo fantastic and yummy luscious!
    Actually ,my heart missed a few beats and now im lost for words, yeah thats what happens to me when i drool!!
    I love apple and caramel and when they happen to be together and from the kitchens of Eats well with others , well ,,super fantastic!!
    Oh the parade , we shall go there , hand in hand, dancing with glee and joy and jumping all around{dependingon whether its after the Biiiiggggg meal or before} and then run a long run in the woods the nexxtt dayyyy!

    Hah, and was saying u sure have to think in the direction of another pretty ikea DIY book shelf @ of all those books i see happening there!
    Thannxx for being part of my giveaway and hope u win too:-)

  22. Shannon says:

    That looks absolutely divine. I really need to tackle a serious baking masterpiece like that.

    Love the re-cap of your T-day festivities. Oh family, aren’t they great?

  23. That Girl says:

    Next year I demand you post recipes like these earlier in the year when I have my bushels of apples at the ready

  24. nico. says:

    this looks awesome! apple cake doesn’t sound appealing to me but this one looks so good!

  25. teresa says:

    my husband is looking at me funny because i’m sitting here laughing my head off. there is nothing like a jovially drunk family holiday!

    this cake would ease any tension, oh my gosh, beautiful!

  26. Kim says:

    This cake looks like something you would see for sale at a bakery for major bucks! It’s a moist, dense, gorgeous masterpiece. You did a great job. It looks worth every calorie.

  27. Faith says:

    OMG. Why have I never tasted this cake?! It is stunning Joanne, and now I know what I’m making for Christmas dessert! (If I can wait that long, lol!)

  28. This sounds fabulous! And, I like that it’s an unusual type of cake- not your run of the mill chocolate dessert!

  29. Lyndsey says:

    This looks amazing Joanne! I think I’ve gained some weight just drooling over it!

    I thought I was already following you…I don’t know where I’ve been! I know I’ll be a regular from now on!

  30. Christy says:

    Joanne – you just gotta love family, they shape who we are! and cakes with 6 sticks of butter! I so want a piece of this cake, I just need an occasion to make one soon.
    =-]
    Christy

  31. Debinhawaii says:

    OK, that cake looks worthy of blowing all diets and healthy eating plans for. It’s beautiful. 😉

    Whoops! Wish I had known about the extension for RR–just jammed out a (big surprise!) SOUP to make the deadline. 😉 Ahh well… Maybe I’ll try for a second non-soup entry now that the deadline isn’t for another month. 😉

  32. Claire says:

    This cake looks amazing!

    Your story reminds me of the time I asked a friend of mine how he liked his new job. He said, “It’s a family business and if you work for them, they treat you like family.” I said, “that sounds nice” and he replied, “well, they’re a family that communicates by screaming cuss words at each other, but yeah.”

  33. Swathi says:

    This very stunning cake Joanne. Goodness of apple marry with warming spices. wonderful.

  34. gotnomilk says:

    Whoa. I gained 30 pounds just looking at this cake!

    Your family gatherings remind me of mine!

  35. OohLookBel says:

    Well done on spreading peace and love (sort of) within your family. You now just need to bring that cake (and sauce) to the UN and wait for world peace. Salted caramel will do that…

  36. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Ummmmmm wow…this looks great!

    I just know from this story I would love you family. A dysfunctional family is always much more fun than a cookie cutter perfect family;)

  37. I want to come to a holiday with YOUR family! Sounds super entertaining and fun!!! This cake is just wrong…I just said to my husbnad, “no more sweets” and then here I click…damn you.

  38. This looks so awesome and FANCY- love the look of those pecans on the outside – YUM!

  39. your family sounds wonderfully real (i.e., dysfunctional). i love sound of your thanksgiving, and this amaaazing cake! bring on the butter. yes pleeeease!

  40. I’m so glad your family’s holidays sound just as chaotic, I mean boisterous, as mine. Only we didn’t have this cake. Sadness 🙂

  41. aipi says:

    Ooo, this cake sounds enchanting! Caramel and apple make such a glorious pairing..Yum!

    US Masala

  42. Wow, what a gorgeous cake! I love the apples here and all the wonderful spices, yum!

  43. This cake has a bit of everything, doesn’t it? I would love to get my hands (or better, mouth) on this wonderful fall indulgence. And your family gatherings sound fun and exciting. Makes me miss my large extended family back in China :).

  44. this is comical.. sounds like from a sitcom.. maybe your family could be the next reality show or something haha. you always make me smile and laugh…

  45. theUngourmet says:

    Your Thanksgiving drama sounds like a movie in the making. Yum! What a cake! It looks like in the end you made the perfect choice.

  46. Your Thanksgiving was hilarious it seems! What a yum looking cake.Apple +spices= DELICIOUSNESS!!

  47. Johanna GGG says:

    I’d love to be a fly on the wall at your family thanksgiving (or even better a documentary maker!) sounds very entertaining

    and I would love to be a guest at your family thanksgiving accepting a large slice of this cake – looks superb – and surely I would appreciate it more than your brother 🙂

  48. Ann says:

    I think I’m coming to your Thanksgiving next year. I love Boisterous! And, that cake, I want some right now. It really looks fantastic!

  49. Tracy says:

    Wow, what a cake! I think I just gained a few pounds by looking at it – yum!!

  50. Victoria says:

    Haha, first of all your family sounds hilarious 🙂 I’m glad they didn’t kill each other this year. Second of all, this cake probably could bring on world peace! I wouldn’t be surprised, it would definitely shut people up for a while! YUM!

  51. your family sounds like fun to me he e

    and wow this cake is five star

  52. must…make…this…cake…and ps your family must be just like mine…ah nuclear families…they really can get so odd over the holidays… 😉

  53. Joanne, it is great that you and your family had a great time. These are memories that we want to hold on to. Your layer cake looks wonderful and your photos are splendid as usual.

  54. Mary says:

    It’s called the family circus for a reason, Joanne :-). It’s gotten worse since walk-in closets appeared on the scene. Your cake looks and sounds fabulous. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  55. JehanP says:

    Yum, this is my kind of cake, looks so moist, full of flavor and decadent.

  56. Oh my…

    Love the family discriptions
    and truly a masterpiece!

  57. Monet says:

    So that last picture of a cut slice really got me…I want this cake so badly…I don’t know if I’m going to be able to make it through work and class! What a DIVINE dessert, Joanne. And I loved hearing about your family…you made me smile. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

  58. Hehe that sounds like a perfect Thanksgiving! ;-D
    This cake looks so delicious, I am loving all the spices in there too!!

  59. oh gosh..Joanne, I am speechless. This is just too good to be true…I bet your family must have enjoyed your masterwork tremendously!

  60. Gorgeous cake. No wonder it would bring about peace in your home. Love the apples and the caramel icing is a winner.

    Anything with 6 sticks of butter is alright by me.

    Be good…

  61. Elizabeth says:

    Coincidentally, I just watched the “Cake Boss” episode in which Buddy bakes a special apple cake.

    But your Apple Slice Layer Cake deserves a reality show of its own . . . these amazing, mouth-watering photos make me want to bake, bake, bake. Gorgeous!

  62. Mo Diva says:

    please.
    tell me there is extra cake lying around in your kitchen.
    that looks ALLL kinds of WONDERFUL!

  63. Joanne, what a beautiful and awesome cake. I want to eat a spoonful of that caramel icing RIGHT NOW. =) By the way, you should try Pioneer Woman’s maple whiskey sauce asap. We had it over our pies for Thanksgiving and not only is it a cinch to make, but it’s incredible. It tastes a little like caramel.

  64. Sarah S. says:

    That might be the most beautiful cake I have ever seen. Nothing better to silence a boisterous family with, if you ask me!

  65. OH my! I would give anything to dip my spoon in that caramel swirl… It looks so, so “gourmand” (I am losing my English words…) The rest looks awesome, too: I really like this new elaborated version of an apple spice cake!

  66. Juliana says:

    Joanne, you are SO funny…I could not help but laugh at your post in regards to your family 🙂
    The cake looks so tasty with all the spice in it and sure the caramel must make it extra special!

  67. Shanon says:

    this looks so amazing!!!!

  68. Pam says:

    OMG! It looks fantastic, but you weren’t kidding about the butter!

  69. gaga says:

    Haha, that sounds like an entertaining dinner! And this cake look heavenly. Wow, just wow!

  70. Beth says:

    GOODNESS! Maybe you should send one of these to the middle east? To North Korea? I think it could solve the issue of World Peace just by the look of it! Wish I could have tasted – I LOVE anything with mascarpone in it, and of course, homemade caramel sounds delightful. Sounds like a fun holiday! The family never ceases to entertain 🙂

  71. wow…just…wow.

    translation: it looks wonderful!

    xo Alison

  72. Dana says:

    Glad to know that it was a relatively quiet Thanksgiving for you guys. 🙂 I LOVE that you made a cake. I did too and last I made apple. I really don’t like pumpkin pie but everyone else seems to. I always make a cake so I have something to eat but mine are never as fancy as this one. Does your family know how lucky they are to have you making these wonderful things for them??

  73. Debbie says:

    I know all about family drama….I think every family has their “cast of characters.” And that is being kind!!!! That cake looks out of this world…wow…6 sticks of butter….it HAS to be fabulous!!!!!

  74. Julie says:

    i’m glad you went with this one! it looks mightly boistorous haha

    sounds like a typical turkey day in your family is a typical weekend in mine haha 🙂

  75. Karen says:

    Sounds like there’s never a dull moment at the family get-togethers! ha.
    I could eat a bowl (or three) of the caramel sauce alone. But what an amazing cake in it’s entirety! Lovely dessert.

  76. Beth says:

    I don’t know which I loved more — the photos of the cake or the description of your family. Priceless! Any dessert with apples has to be a winner. Glad it won the wholehearted approval of your brother!

  77. Jen says:

    you know I had to stop by when you have cake up in here? haha. I would love some of this!

  78. I love that! For once, cake is a mountain of sinful goodness; of course there are the apples in it; your family sounds very funny and a bit eccentric.

  79. Reeni says:

    I have never eaten a cake with six sticks of butter in it! I didn’t even know there was such a thing – it beats Ina Garten and Paula Deen’s records for sure! I’m imagining how insanely good it must of been, but honestly I don’t know if my imagination can come close!

  80. ahhh a modern family 😉
    this cake looks like a miracle indeed! these days…i am attracted to everything that has the word “caramel” in it…not good for my waist line…

  81. Dawn says:

    Sounds like a fun thanksgiving! This cake should be illegal.

  82. yepiatethat says:

    My birthday is tomorrow, you can bring the cake. This cake!!

  83. polwig says:

    My husband’s family is exactly like yours, we thought we made it clear this year when everyone went home just to realize that the people left standing got into a fight, and that was without large doses of alcohol. On the other hand if I brought this amazing cake maybe the story would be different.. all I have to say is WOW !!!

  84. Shannon says:

    wow. masterpiece. was there any leftovers???

  85. tigerfish says:

    I especially like the toasted pecans around the cake! 🙂

  86. Pam says:

    Your family get together’s sound like my family. Love, love, love this recipe – it’s beautiful and decadent.

  87. Graziana says:

    One looks at the tv shows and thinks: why my family meeting aren’t like that… I know, the answer is: because they’re the real ones.
    The cake is really amazing!

  88. Claudia says:

    I loved your family account. It would be mine if enough of them were even speaking much less seeing one another. Sigh. On a lighter note, that cake is fabulous and I’m waiting for any good excuse to whip it up.

  89. Taylor says:

    Oh my gahhhhh I need a piece of this NOW! Seriously, this could solve all of the world’s problems.

  90. grace says:

    boisterous is a good word, and that is one mighty fine cake specimen.

  91. Kerstin says:

    Oh wow, I don’t even know what to say – this just looks incredible! My family is picky too and hard to cook for. Glad you had a great Thanksgiving 🙂

  92. Corina says:

    mmm. This cake looks so decadent. I’m not sure I’d be able to make it myself but I’d love someone to make it for me. Anyone?

  93. Sanem says:

    Now I know what to do with all the left over butter and apples after Christmas… This just looks super delicious.

  94. Cara says:

    My family is totally boisterous in our own way. My branch of the family is Jewish, my brother is gay, my cousin is a recovering drug addict, my other cousin has baby mamma drama, and my uncle is a born again Christian. Get the picture? But at the end of the day is delicious holiday food and warmth that bring us together and bring out all the love. Awesome job with this cake!

  95. Deborah says:

    Be still my heart – that looks AMAZING!

  96. Erin says:

    This was absolutely delicious! I hope you don’t mind that I’ve shared it on my blog, at4110.com, with a link to the recipe here. It was too good not to share!

  97. Kevin says:

    That looks so decadently good! Amazing flavour combinations!

  98. Marisa says:

    Yeah, I can totally see how this would make ANY gathering instantly peaceful. Sugar rush FTW!

  99. omg that cake looks so incredibly moist and all of it looks delicious!

  100. Caramel mascarpone buttercream?!?!? Can it get any better holy. Must make this ASAP it looks so insanely good. Words cannot describe.

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    How much is a batch of carmel?

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  105. roz says:

    Joanne,
    I was going through my Pinterest ‘autumn eats’ board to find something yummy with apples and caramel, but not wanting a cheesecake right now…..and I came across this cake that (although pinned years ago) caught my rambling eyes! I’m going to try and make it this week or weekend, given my newly slammed position at work. It looks and sounds fabulous and if your picky brother approved than I believe what you said in your post that this cake could bring about world peace. Nuff said!
    xo
    Roz

  106. Just wanted to let you know I made this cake for my fiance’s birthday and it was absolutely wonderful! Seriously can not rave enough about this cake. I put up a post about the cake, too, and included the link if you wanted to check it out. Thanks again for such a lovely recipe!

    http://lifessimplemeasures.blogspot.com/2013/09/apple-spice-layer-cake-with-caramel.html

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  108. Susan says:

    I made this cake for Thanksgiving/in-laws 60th wedding anniversary and it was wonderful! It is very filling but we all loved it. I did find that 1 batch of the caramel was plenty. I overcooked the first batch of caramel but have found that the bitterness is hidden in a cup of coffee and gives the coffee a nice flavor!

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  110. Amanda says:

    Hello, I’m in Australia, and don’t understand what a stick of butter is. Can you please tell me how much in total for each part of the recipe that uses butter – how many grams of butter…or cups etc?

    Also, I assume that 350 oven is farenheit?

    Many thanks
    Amanda

    • joanne says:

      So sorry for the confusion over this! In the US, 1 stick of butter is conventionally 8 tbsp or 1/2 cup, so for the cake itself, you would need 1 1/2 cups butter and for the icing you would need an additional 1 1/2 cups butter.

      The oven temp is in fahrenheit, and the conversion would be about 175 Celsius.

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