I remember the good ol' days when I felt fine with purchasing a cake from a store, or simply baking a single layer cake and throwing some frosting on it. But that was before I learned that truly delicious cake is a multi step process. Every great moist cake you taste usually has the secret step of some kind of drizzled syrup or soaking process and once you know that, baking becomes a fun, and very involved, process.
This salted caramel cake was something I made for my sweetie's birthday this year and I have a feeling it will be requested again. Brown sugar buttermilk cake soaked in homemade caramel sauce, then topped with cream cheese frosting, and a gooey caramel glaze! I sprinkled it with edible gold stars for a little pizzazz. Sure, it will take up half of your day when you should be cleaning the house, or wrapping gifts for aforementioned birthday, but it is totally worth it.
Adapted from Baked Elements: The Importance of Being Baked in 10 Favorite Ingredients by Matt Lewis —Brita