As a child, I loved going to grandmas and having this cake on the holidays. It is one of my families holiday favorites. Handed down from my grandmother and will continue to be handed down for generations to come.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 8 inch, round, cake pans.
In a large bowl, cream butter. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs one at a time, mix well.
Dissolve soda in buttermilk, stirring well. Mix flour into creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Mix well after addition. stir in mincemeat. Spoon batter into prepared pans.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted comes clean. Cool cake in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely. Fill and frost the cake with caramel frosting.
Place 2 tablespoons sugar in saucepan. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and becomes golden brown in color. set aside
Combine remaining cup sugar, butter, and cream in a medium sauce pan.Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. stir in caramelized sugar and return to boil. Cook for two minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Beat until frosting has a good spreading consistency.