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Butter therapy

I’ve got a case of the blues today, y’all..and on days like this one, let’s be honest, there’s nothing like comfort food to make one feel better, right? And what’s better than Paula Deen’s butter-tastic recipes for a little bit of mood-lifting? Let’s call this “butter therapy.” Although I’m away in a different city for work and cannot bake anything until I’m back in Dubai on Wednesday evening, I’ve made this rich caramel cake recipe before and it was sinfully delicious. So if, like me, you feel like eating your feelings today, bake yourself some Paula.

Note: While this cake is sure to make you feel a little better -at least temporarily- please don’t go overboard. Bombarding your system with too much sugar will lift your mood initially but can actually cause it to tank shortly afterwards. High sugar in your blood causes your energy levels to rise initially, but also triggers a very strong insulin response, causing your sugar levels to then drop sharply to levels even lower than what you started with. So…as they say in alcohol ads, “please enjoy responsibly.”

You will need

For the cake:

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups self-rising flour, sifted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream, or more if needed
  • 1 (16-ounce) box confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 3 (9-inch) cake pans.

Using an electric mixer, cream butter until fluffy. Add granulated sugar and continue to cream well for 6 to 8 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour and milk alternately to creamed mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Add vanilla and continue to beat until just mixed.

Divide batter equally among prepared pans. Level batter in each pan by holding pan 4 inches above counter dropping it flat onto counter. Do this several times to release air bubbles and assure you of a more level cake. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

While cake is baking, in a saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar, and milk. Cook and stir over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Remove cake layers from oven and allow cake to remain in pans as you prepare to stack and fill. Remove first layer and invert onto cake plate. Pierce cake layer with a toothpick over entire surface. Spread 1/3 of filling mixture on cake layer. Top with second layer, repeat process. Top with last layer and repeat process again.

*Cook’s Note: As you stack layers together, stick them with toothpicks to prevent cake from shifting.

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat and stir in brown sugar and cream. Bring to a boil, and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Beat with a handheld electric mixer until it reaches a spreading consistency. At this time it may be necessary to add a tablespoon of heavy cream, or more, if frosting gets too thick. Be sure to add cream in small amounts because you can always “add to”, but you can’t take away. Frost cake and sprinkle top with chopped nuts, if desired.

In good health,


* Recipe and image courtesy of Paula Deen on Food Network.



One thought on “Butter therapy

  1. There’s nothing better than butter when one is feeling down in the dumps. That cake looks irresponsibly delicious.

    Posted by frugalfeeding | January 15, 2012, 9:09 PM

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