2Caramel Frosting Instructions:
Prepare two pans: (1) to a medium sized, non-stick frying pan add 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar; (2) to a medium sized pot add 2 1⁄2 cups granulated sugar, 1 cup heavy whipping cream, and 2 T all purpose flour, mix
1. Place the pot and the pan on medium heat.
2. To frying pan allow the sugar to melt, and turn brown, do not stir but move around by tilting pan.
3. Stir ingredients in the pot as you watch the sugar mixture begin to melt in the pan.
4. As the sugar mixture becomes close to a caramel color, turn the mixture in the pot to a boil.
5. Once the pot mixture is boiling and the sugar in the pan is caramelized, add about a quarter cup of the cream mixture from the pot into the burnt sugar mixture pan, and stir to temper and combine with the burnt sugar.
6. Then, turn around and add the burnt sugar mixture from the pan back into the pot of the cream mixture, stir.
(Remove the pan from the stove.)
7. Allow the combined mixtures, now in the pot, to boil for about 10- 15 minutes with minimal stiring.
8. Add in the 3⁄4 cup salted butter, and stir until melted.
9. Remove the pot from the heat, and add the vanilla extract.
10. Pour the caramel into a stand mixer bowl which can accommodate high heat. Mix for about 25 minutes on medium speed or until the frosting has cooled, but slightly warm.
(Add milk to thin if you desire).
11. Pour about a quarter of the frosting onto each slightly warm cake, spread tops and sides.
12. Allow the unassembled, frosted cakes to completely cool on the cooling rack.
13. Once cooled, observe the thickness of the frosting of each layer, add more frosting on the bottom layers as needed, then assemble the three layers together.
14. Use the remaining frosting to frost the entire cake and close up the layer seams.