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Best Ever Salted Caramel Pudding Cake

This Best Ever Salted Caramel Pudding Cake is so moist and tender with salted caramel frosting, and caramel sauce - the perfect balance of salty and sweet!
Course Baking, Dessert
Cuisine American, Autumn, Baking, Cake, Dessert
Keyword Best Ever Salted Caramel Pudding Cake, Salted Caramel Cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 610kcal
Author Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca)

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 100 grams caramel pudding powder (approximately one 4-serving box, don't use low fat or low sugar variety)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • butter and flour for greasing the cake pan

For the frosting and caramel sauce:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream (whipping cream)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • sea salt flakes for garnish

Instructions

For the cake:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Prepare a 9-inch bundt pan by greasing it with butter and coating the inside of the pan evenly with a thin dusting of flour. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer), cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 4 minutes).
  • Add the pudding powder and whip on high speed until incorporated.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Combine the milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl or pyrex measuring cup and whisk with a fork to combine. 
  • Add the milk mixture to the butter mixture slowly, mixing well until combined.
  • Add the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt, and mix on low speed just until the batter forms and no streaks of flour appear.
  • Finish mixing by hand with a rubber spatula to be sure the batter is well combined (mixing with the electric mixer at this stage can cause over-mixing, so it's best to finish it gently by hand).
  • Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 60 minutes (sometimes it requires 65 or even 70 minutes), or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan for about 15 minutes and then invert onto a cooling rack before removing the pan to let the cake cool completely. If the pan feels a little difficult to remove, let it cool inverted on a cooling rack for another 10 minutes before trying again to remove the pan. Greasing and flouring the pan well before baking will ensure the cake is easy to remove, and using a non-stick bundt pan is a great choice.
  • Let the cake cool completely on a cooling rack before adding the frosting.

For the frosting:

  • While the cake is baking or cooling, add the butter, brown sugar, and heavy cream to a medium saucepan over medium heat. 
  • When the mixture has heated and begins to bubble, whisk gently but constantly for about 5-6 minutes or until the mixture turns dark in colour and thickens slightly.
  • Remove the mixture to a shallow bowl to cool for about 20-40 minutes.
  • When the caramel has cooled to room temperature, divide it in half reserving half for topping the cake at the end.
  • To the other half of the caramel sauce, add the powdered sugar and the salt, and whip them together on high speed until a thick, barely pourable glaze forms. You might have to add 1-3 teaspoons of heavy cream to the mixture (depending upon the texture of the powdered sugar you're using) to create this texture.
  • Pour and spread the frosting over the top of the cake and let it drip down the sides ever so slightly.
  • Drizzle the extra caramel sauce you set aside over top of the frosting (you might not need all of it) and top with sea salt flakes before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 610kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin A: 917IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 1mg