Caramel Cake

In 2000 & Beyond, 3-Julia Crider Garris 1909-2012, 4-Boyd King Dimmock 1949-, 4-Julia Helen Garris 1937-2011, 5-Julie Anna Dimmock 1979-, 5-Mary Cooley Roberts 1968-, Christmas, FAMILY: BROTHER & SISTERS (BEE) on April 10, 2011 at 10:17 am

Harlequin layer cake (Mudder’s)

3/4 cup butter (or oleo)
2 ” sugar

3 eggs
1 cup milk
3 ” self-rising flour
1 teaspoon vanilla

flour and grease pans
Bake at 350-375 degrees.
let cool in pan.

Caramel Nut Filling

3 cups brown sugar
1 ” cream
1 1/2 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup nuts

Boil all ingredients except vanilla (about 5 min) Remove from fire and add vanilla. Beat until it begins to thicken, add nuts and spread.

To test for “doneness” drop a drop in a cup of cold water. If it splatters cook until it forms a soft ball.

(Editor’s note: Aunt Julia was famous for her Caramel Cake, so we have — count ’em — three versions below! The first two come from a black-and-white composition book that Julia Helen kept of Aunt Julia’s recipes. You’ll see that Aunt Julia noted that the cake originally came from “Mudder”– in other words, HER mother, Mary Elizabeth Crider. The third recipe below comes from Mary, which means this Caramel Cake spans four Crider generations! ALSO NOTE, as of December 2011, the new picture of the actual cake above, baked by Julie Anna Dimmock Kaufman and Boyd King for the King family Christmas gathering in New Bern.)

The first two recipes show two columns of ingredients, the first for the regular-sized cake that I re-typed above, and the second for a larger-sized cake. Mary’s version lists ingredients in amounts for the larger size, and she’s increased the amounts of milk, water, pecans and heavy cream; I guess she has learned she needs lots of servings since slices most certainly go fast!

Aunt Julia says you can use either butter or oleo in the cake and the filling; she also says you can alternate between cream and condensed milk. She also sometimes calls for butter in “plugs” instead of tablespoons: A “plug” means a 1/2 cup, or one “stick.” Thank goodness Mary explained that in the comment section below.)

  1. I can vouch for this being an absolutely delicious cake!

  2. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. I remember us being so excited when we found out she had one ready. Anyone up for trying one of these recipes this summer?

  3. “Mudder” was my Great-Grandmother (Grandma’s Mom — Mary Elizabeth Crider). Be careful with the icing — it sets up VERY quickly and can be hard to work with.

    Oh…and a plug of butter = 1/2 cup (or one stick aka “plug”).

  4. We enjoyed this wonderful cake for Christmas! Thanks for posting the new photo, Carey. I think I might just make the icing next time and spoon it out as candy! Yum, Yum…

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