Caramel Macchiato Cake

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Caramel Macchiato Cake - bethcakes.com
It has finally happened. It is finally fall in Alabama, people. Like I actually wore a jacket to work today. I haven’t turned on my AC in over 24 hours. I didn’t sleep with my ceiling fan on last night. I don’t even care that we’ve been having the DREARIEST weather for the last two weeks.

This is huge.

It’s my absolute most favorite time of the year, especially with the holidays coming up. And you know what’s good during the holidays? Cake. And what’s perfect for fall weather? COFFEE.

Caramel Macchiato Cake - bethcakes.com
So today we’re baking with International Delight Iced Coffee. I first discovered this stuff when I was in college. I remember it was the first time I didn’t go home for the summer because I got a job, and it was just too ridiculously hot outside to drink a cup of steaming coffee in the mornings. Iced coffee has been a total life saver for me, and now I drink it pretty much year round. I love having it ready to go in my refrigerator so I can skip the coffee shops on the way to work. Because given the options to sleep a little later or stop and grab some coffee…I’m probably going to hit the snooze button.

Caramel Macchiato Cake - bethcakes.com
Another way we can enjoy iced coffee year round? By baking stuff! I have ALWAYS wanted to make one of those cakes with caramel dripping down the sides, so I figured this was a good time to take advantage of International Delight’s Caramel Macchiato Iced Coffee. Caramel is also perfect for fall, so you really can’t lose here.

THE BREAKDOWN:
  • the cake – flavored with Caramel Macchiato Iced Coffee.
  • the frosting – also flavored with iced coffee and a homemade caramel sauce.
  • the caramel sauce – to bring that coffee flavor into the caramel sauce…I just straight up poured some coffee in it. And a little bit of Vanilla Macchiato Creamer.
  • dat whip –  to top it off (because who says no to whip?), coffee whipped cream. I used coffee extract, but vanilla works too.

Caramel Macchiato Cake - bethcakes.com
Caramel Macchiato Cake - bethcakes.com
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Caramel Macchiato Cake
 
Ingredients
coffee caramel sauce
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp butter, cold and cut into small cubes
  • ¼ cup brewed coffee
  • ¼ cup International Delight Vanilla Macchiato Creamer (or regular cream/creamer)
  • ½ tsp salt

caramel macchiato cake
  • 2¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup International Delight Caramel Macchiato Iced Coffee

caramel frosting
  • 1½ cups butter (3 sticks), softened
  • 2 tbsp coffee caramel sauce
  • 3½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp International Delight Caramel Macchiato Iced Coffee

coffee whipped cream
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ tsp coffee extract (or vanilla extract)
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
Instructions
coffee caramel sauce
  1. In a saucepan over medium high heat, cook the sugar, until it starts to melt on the bottom. Stir continuously until the sugar sticks together and forms clumps/shards.
  2. Stir slowly until all the clumps melt and sugar has durned a golden brown color. Reduce heat to medium.
  3. Stirring continuously with one hand, add the butter with the other. Because the butter is colder than the caramel, the mixture will bubble and sizzle quite a bit.
  4. Once all the butter has completely melted, still continuously stirring, slowly pour in the coffee and creamer. The mixture will sizzle even more than before, but just keep stirring carefully and quickly.
  5. Add salt and continue slowly stirring for another minute.
  6. Remove the pot from heat and let the caramel sauce cool completely before using.
  7. (Caramel sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container at room temperature.)
caramel macchiato cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Spray two 8-inch or three 6-inch round cake pans with nonstick spray.
  2. Whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a bowl and set aside.
  3. In another bowl, combine sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Mix on medium speed with an electric mixer until ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Add half the flour mixture and half the ice coffee to the sugar mixture. Mix well. Repeat with the remaining flour and iced coffee.
  5. Divide batter evenly among the prepared pans and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Let cakes cool completely before frosting.
caramel frosting
  1. Cream butter on medium speed until smooth. Add caramel sauce and mix well.
  2. Add half of powdered sugar and 1 tbsp milk. Mix on low speed until mostly combined, then medium speed until completely combined. Repeat with remaining powdered sugar and milk.
coffee whipped cream
  1. Whip cream with an electric mixer on high. With mixer running, add coffee extract and slowly add powdered sugar. Whip until stiff peaks form. Store whipped cream in the fridge until ready to use. (But use it pretty quickly.)
assembly
  1. Spread frosting between cake layers and all over cake. (I went for a more rustic/naked cake look.)
  2. To achieve the drippy caramel sauce look, pour caramel directly onto the center of the cake, but just enough to cover about half of the top layer.
  3. Then use an offset spatula or a spoon to spread the caramel out to the edges. Let it roll over the edge by itself, then go back and add more drips with a spoon if you'd like.
  4. Once caramel has set and stops dripping, pipe whipped cream around the top of the cake. (I decorated mine with some little caramel bits.)
  5. Then serve!
Notes
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Also I’d like to point out that International Delight Iced Coffee used to be located over in the milk/creamer section of Walmart, and now it’s located over by the iced teas and juices. Don’t miss it! Make sure to check out all the flavors too: Mocha, Light Mocha, Vanilla, and Caramel Macchiato!

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