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Vanilla Raspberry Cake with Buttercream Frosting and Caramel Drip

Vanilla Cake with Buttercream Frosting, topped with a Silky Caramel Drip and Fresh Raspberries…!! Sweet, Light, Fluffy, n Moist – its Celebration time…!!!

The last few months were a baking frenzy for me, 8 cakes and that was a lot, don’t you think so? Well… I guess not for many of you but, for me it was quite different from my usual baking routine, which was no more than a cake a month. I usually bake when I have something to celebrate, and this time… YES, it was my Husband’s Birthday! And the best part about this birthday post was its photoshoot, he posed for my photos!! I couldn’t be happier… Unlike my usual style of photography which includes hand modelling at times, it was my longtime dream to try out something different and I’m glad he finally agreed.

To celebrate his birthday I baked this Vanilla Cake with Buttercream Frosting (which is his favorite). Last year it was a Tiramisu Swiss Roll which was a big hit at our party and this year we kept it simple with a Vanilla cake and prettied it up with props and other decos.

The cake is unbelievably soft and moist, perhaps the best I’ve done so far. If you guys read my posts regularly, you would know that I repeat this sentence every time, but trust me…that’s the truth. I’m still an amateur at baking and each episode of baking is a learning in itself, the results amaze me… be it the texture, moistness and the sweetness. So for all the beginner and amateur bakers out there, just keep trying n experiment new flavors, and you will make wonders!

The frosting of this cake is thin between the layers and on its outer side. I preferred it to be thin so as to balance the extra sweetness of the caramel drip. But you can double the measurement of the frosting if you like; to give it a thicker coat, decorate with rosettes, or design other shapes & styles. Now talking about the caramel drip, this was my first time preparing a caramel sauce, and Sweet Lord… one finger lick of it and it took me back to my childhood memories; Alpenliebe, Parrys Caramel Candy, and all those caramel toffies just sprung back to my mind! Never realized it was so easy to make, I infact thought of buying some toffee wrappers and make a few homemade caramel candy. And the final topping to the cake was the fresh raspberries; Awwweee. I just loved it… perfect to balance the sweet tooth.

As you read through the ingredients and instructions, it may seem intimidating but just follow them as is. I’ve tried to explain the cake assembling, key points, and notes to my best possible. So if you have any questions, just let me know in the comment section.

Enjoy, Happy Baking!!!

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Vanilla Raspberry Cake with Buttercream Frosting and Caramel Drip
Prep Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 18 mins

Vanilla Cake with Buttercream Frosting, topped with a Silky Caramel Drip and Fresh Raspberries…!! 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Author: Akhila
For the cake
  • cup flour
  • tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup + 3tbsp unsalted butter (softened at room temperature)
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cup whole milk (at room temperature)
For the buttercream frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened at room temperature)
  • 1½ - 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
For the caramel drip
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter (cubed)
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup heavy cream (at room temperature)
For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line three 6 inch pans with parchment paper, apply butter to the pan and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients by sifting flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth and creamy. Add the granulated sugar, beat until combined.
  5. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by adding vanilla extract.
  6. Add the dry ingredients alternating with whole milk and beat until they combine well. The cake batter will be dense, but that’s completely ok.
  7. Pour into the prepared pans and bake for 30-35 mins until a toothpick or a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Unmold the cakes carefully to a wire rack and allow them to cool completely.
For the buttercream frosting
  1. Beat butter until creamy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract, beat until it turns out smooth.
  2. Add milk as needed for desired consistency. Make sure your frosting is not runny or too thick, it should be spreadable.
  3. If the frosting seems loose, refrigerate it for some time to thicken.
Final assembly of the cake
  1. Level the top surface of all the cakes by shaving off the uneven portions.
  2. Place your cake base on a turntable/cake stand.
  3. Apply a little frosting on the center of the cake base and spread. This helps the cake to stay tight and not slide off.
  4. Place the bottom cake on the center on the cake base.
  5. Apply a thin layer of frosting on top of the cake in the center and level it leaving ½ inch gap from the edges of the cake.
  6. Place the middle layer cake on top and press gently so that the excess frosting oozes out of the sides, if any.
  7. Repeat step 5.
  8. Place the third/final cake upside down on top of the frosting, so that the flat bottom of the cake faces upwards. Gently press and apply a thin layer of frosting on top of the third cake. Using a spatula, level the top and the oozed out frosting around the sides of the cake to form a thin and evenly covered crumb coating.
  9. Refrigerate 30 minutes for the crumb coating to set properly.
  10. 10. Now apply the final coat of frosting on top and around the cake, starting from the bottom to the top. Scrape down the excess frosting using a scraper. Refrigerate for another 30 minutes before pouring the caramel sauce.
For the caramel drip
  1. Make sure all your ingredients are ready before you start preparing the caramel sauce.
  2. In a heavy bottomed pan, heat sugar and water on medium heat until it completely dissolves and begins to brown. Swirl the pan while it starts boiling so that it melts evenly.
  3. Turn of the heat and while leaving the pan on the stove, add the cubed butter. Whisk until melted.
  4. Once the butter has completely melted, turn on the heat back to a low and add milk cream slowly by whisking it in parallel. Bring it to boil.
  5. When the mix start to thicken up, remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool for 15-20 minutes before using. For a later use, transfer to air tight glass bottles and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
  6. This recipe measurement is enough for a semi naked /naked cake caramel drip. Once it cools down and thickens, pour slowly over the cake to create the drip effect.
  7. Decorate with fresh Raspberries.
  • Grease your pan properly to avoid any cracks or holes in your cake. This helps the cake to slide through the sides of the pan easily.
  • Pick the cake with the prettiest bottom for your topmost layer. Use the ones with cracks or holes for the middle or bottom layers.
  • Decorate the cake after placing on a turntable.
  • Use a strong/sturdy scraper to scrape down the excess frosting from the sides of the cake.
  • Refrigerate the crumb coated and fully frosted stages of cake to set properly before topping with caramel. You can even bake the cake in advance and frost the next day to manage time.
  • Finally, ensure the cake is brought back to a room temperature before serving.