Pssst! Hey you! You, the one who is eating all the frosting and leaving all the cake. Yeah, I'm talkin' to you. I have a ridiculously decadent treat for you: Cow Tales® Caramel Cake.Y'all, I gave in to my inner sugar monster after buying a big old box of 36 Cow Tales® ostensibly purchased to give out for Halloween. Which I did. Some of them. As a matter of fact, one of the dads who came around with his kiddos actually asked for a Cow Tale®. He said they're his favorite, and it's the only candy he'd asked for for himself the whole night. Smart man.
But I also had an Ulterior Motive for buying them.
So, back to the cake.It's really more about the technique than the actual recipe. You can make this cake in whatever size you'd like. You can even make cupcakes if you want. But if you are a fan of Cow Tales® candy, you will be a fan of the Cow Tales® Caramel Cake, no matter what size or shape you make it.
Here's how to make this Cow Tales® Caramel Cake:
- Make your favorite yellow or white cake, but substitute caramel sugar for the white sugar. Don't worry, it's easy to make.
- Make your favorite white frosting. Make sure it's fairly stiff so it will hold up to slicing when chilled. The canned stuff won't work here, I don't think. I made ermine frosting (a double batch of this recipe) and used almost all of it for a 4-layer, 6" cake. I chose ermine both because it is very, very smooth and because it is less sweet than American buttercream. Feel free to make it with American buttercream if you'd like.
- Cut your cake into 4 1/2" layers. Leave the bottom one whole and then use a round cutter to cut out the center of the other three layers. What you choose to do with the cut-out pieces is totally up to you.
- Fill and frost as you would any cake, making sure to fill the voids where the cut outs are with plenty of frosting.
- You only need a very thin coat on the outside of the cake.
- Measure the height of your cake, and cut the Cow Tales® so they just reach the top of the cake. My guy was 4 1/4" tall. If you want, you can leave them full-length and then fill the space between the top of the cake and the Cow Tale fence with whatever you want. Or just leave it alone. Or make another couple layers of cake--it's your call.
- Press the trimmed Cow Tales® all around the sides of your cake. For my 6" cake, it required 36 Cow Tales, or one big box. I have Plans for the cut-off ends, so stay tuned.
- And that's it.
Now you're pretty much set to make your own Cow Tales® Caramel Cake, but if you would like to see the cake recipe I used and print out specific instructions, here you go!