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Raspberry Caramel Cake

A vanilla sponge packed with raspberries, layered with a melt in your mouth caramel frosting and more raspberries. A simple cake which is easy to make and sure to please!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • For the cake:
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 stick (113g) unsalted butter or margarine*
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk, I used skim
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
  • For the frosting:
  • One 14oz/397g can of Carnation Caramel (or any other thick caramel not an ice cream sauce though!)
  • 1 stick (113g) unsalted butter at room temp
  • 2 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries, plus extra to garnish if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and grease and line two 8 inch round cake tins.
  2. Measure out the flour, baking powder and bicarb into a medium sized bowl and mix together briefly. Set to one side.
  3. Place the raspberries into a medium sized bowl and then take a spoonful of flour out of the measured ingredients and toss the raspberries in it. (This will stop the raspberries sinking).
  4. Place the butter and sugars into a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on med-high for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  5. Add in the eggs and vanilla, scraping the sides down as necessary and mix until well incorporated, about 1 min on med-high speed.
  6. Add in the milk and flour mix and mix on low-med until light and smooth.
  7. Add in the raspberries and fold in gently by hand.
  8. Divide the batter between the two cake tins and smooth over with the back of a wooden spoon/spatula.
  9. Place in the oven for 30-35 mins until golden brown, springy to the touch and an inserted skewer into the centre comes out clean.
  10. Leave to cool in the tins for at least 30 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Once cool, make the frosting: Place the caramel, butter, icing sugar and salt into a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer and beat on med-high until light and fluffy, 2-3 mins*.
  12. Take one cake layer and place on a cake stand/plate/cake board. Spread a good layer of frosting onto the cake and, smooth with a spatula. Sprinkle the 1/2 cup of raspberries over the top. (reserving 3 for garnish if you want).
  13. Turn the second cake layer bottom side up and place on top of the frosted cake layer. Spread another layer of frosting over the top (and sides if you want) and garnish with a few raspberries, if desired.
  14. Cake will keep in the fridge, covered for 2 days.

Recipe Notes

*Normally I wouldn't advise the use of margarine, but I prefer the resulting cake, it's more moist and tender. If you want to use butter, use unsalted and add a pinch of salt. *This recipe makes a lot of frosting, I was going to frost the middle, top and sides, but then decided to only do the middle and top, so if you want to do the same as me, halve the frosting recipe. Recipe by Annie of Annie's Noms