Caramel Sour Cream Cake Recipe

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By Mary Beth Wallace / Photography by Emily Long

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Lesley Dunn’s

Cream Caramel Cake


Lesley Dunn

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Lesley Dunn's Cream Caramel Cake

Cream Caramel Cake

Lesley Dunn
3-layer sour cream pound cake with caramel icing
Cool Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Southern


  • Three 9-inch cake pans


For the cream cake layers:

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

For the caramel frosting:

  • ½ lb butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups 10x powdered sugar


For the cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time.
  • In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda, and salt together. Alternating, add flour mixture and sour cream to the butter mixture. Add vanilla.
  • Pour batter into three 9-inch prepared pans. Bake for 25-35 minutes, making sure to test doneness. Remove from oven and cool on racks for 10 minutes. Carefully remove from pans to cool completely.

For the frosting:

  • In a small pot, melt butter. Add brown sugar and evaporated milk. Cook 2 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add vanilla. Pour the mixture over powdered sugar in a separate bowl. Beat until smooth. Let cool slightly.
  • Place one cake layer on a cake stand or serving plate. Frost with the caramel frosting, then repeat with the next two layers. Spread remaining frosting all over the top and sides. 
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