Caramel Cake recipe from Alabama Live - Prime Magazine | News
Dorothy Edwards’ Caramel Cake
1 Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix
4 oz. Jell-0 Vanilla Instant Pudding
1 pkg. Dream Whip
Heat oven to 350º.
Mix cake according to directions on the box. Stir in the pudding mix and Dream Whip.
Grease and flour two 8-or-9” cake pans. Pour batter into pans. Bake as directed on box. Cool pans on wire racks. Frost with Caramel Icing.
Dorothy Edwards’ Caramel Icing
1/4 c. sugar for browning in skillet
1 large can Carnation milk
4 c. more sugar
1 stick butter or margarine
1 t. vanilla
In an iron skillet , brown the 1/4 c. sugar until very dark (Mr. Pete says “almost black”)
In a saucepan, mix together milk, the 4 c. sugar, and butter. Bring to a boil. Add browned sugar and continue to boil, stirring constantly, until drops form a soft ball when dropped in cold water.
Remove from heat , add vanilla, and beat until cool.
October makes me think of caramel, and this month I’m sharing one of the best caramel cakes I have ever eaten! I received the recipe from one of my heroes, Mr. Pete Edwards of Selma. His wife Dot made these by the dozens at Christmas, and Mr. Pete says people used to drive in from miles around to pick them up for their families. When Miss Dot was no longer able to bake, Mr. Pete continued to make this cake for his own family. The father of one of my best friends, he is 90 years old.
One day, some time ago, Mr. Pete and I had a good, long visit. His wife’s failing health was taking a toll on him, but he didn’t complain. Instead he just told me of meeting the love of his life and marrying her. Though I didn’t know Miss Dot until she was already infirmed, I watched this gentle giant care for her in the most loving way possible.
Mr. Pete was part of the Greatest Generation. A World War II veteran who fought in five major battles – including the Battle of the Bulge – he served in the infantry under Patton. As a civilian Mr. Pete has owned his own business, served on the Selma City Council, and raised two sons and two daughters together with Dot. His son Jim Edwards and daughter Iris Brown live in Montgomery, as do several of his grandchildren.