There is a lot of advice out there for ways to distract ourselves during this second British national lockdown, and while the results of the US election unfolds, if like me you’re seriously distracted by that. Baking a cake isn’t a bad choice (or if it is, lots of us are doing it anyway). When I woke up this morning, I knew it had to be this cake, because it’s very distracting: the sort of cake you crave when you feel the need to be shamelessly self-soothing and stick your fork into something sweet when no one’s looking.
This is my very simplified sheet-cake version of a caramel cake from the American South, which if you’re lucky enough to have tasted the three-layer original of Southern hospitality legend, you’ll know it has one of the most luscious flavour and texture combinations there is in the firmament of cakes: light-as-a-cloud vanilla cake, with a luscious caramel icing. [Read More…]