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Cuppa Joe Caramel Cake

I get compliments on this cake wherever I take it. It is very much an adult cake, with the hit of coffee and the warmth of the brown sugar and caramel.—Leigh Doutt, Pueblo West, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup caramel ice cream topping, divided
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted

Directions

  • Microwave buttermilk just until warmed, 30-45 seconds. Stir in coffee granules until dissolved.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beating well after each addition.
  • Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  • Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, poke holes in cake 2 in. apart. Pour 1/2 cup caramel topping into holes. Spoon remaining caramel topping over cake. Cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, stir cocoa and coffee granules into boiling water until dissolved; cool to room temperature. In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in melted chocolate and cocoa mixture until well combined. Frost cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 335 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 338mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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