Easy Caramel Cake & Caramel Icing

SO EASY Caramel Cake Recipe

Some friends of ours introduced us to this delicious caramel cake the other night as we celebrated their 10th anniversary. Check it out.

12 oz superfine sugar
½ teacup hot black coffee, or water
8½ oz plain flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 oz shortening
2 eggs (well beaten)
Two 9-inch diameter cake pans

Preheat oven to 350° F .
Place 4 oz of the superfine sugar in a small, heavy saucepan, dissolve over gentle heat without stirring and boil steadily to a rich brown caramel. Slowly add the hot coffee or water and stir over low heat until all the lumps are dissolved. Pour this mixture into a measuring cup, leave to cool and add cold water until it equals 7½ fl oz.

Sift the flour with the baking powder and salt and set aside. Soften the shortening and beat in the remaining sugar; add the eggs, a little at a time, and beat thoroughly until light and fluffy. Stir in the flour alternately with the caramel mixture and then pour into the prepared tins. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until cooked.
When the cake is cool, sandwich the halves, and coat, with Caramel Icing:

Easy Caramel Icing

    1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
    1/4 cup milk
    2 tablespoons butter
    1 teaspoon vanilla

In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, milk, and butter. Stirring constantly; bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Let cool to lukewarm. Beat until creamy and thick enough to spread. If too thick, add a little more milk or a small amount of cream.

Legal Expenses in starting a Cake Decorating Business

With your new business venture will come the costs of getting the venture off the ground. Besides equipment and ingredient/inventory costs, you will incur costs associated with getting the required license or permit and possible filing fees with the Secretary of State. These fees depend on the business type you choose to set up. Of course these fees will vary from state to state.

 A consultation with a business attorney in your local area can vary widely so I would suggest that you call around and ask for referrals from other business owners. You may also wish to call your local bar association because many of them have a referral service. Some attorneys may charge a consultation fee of $50 to $500 but in most cases the fee will be applied to any services that you have them perform. The most common service that an attorney will provide is setting up the business form that you choose and taking care of all the paperwork associated with keeping you legal.

Your attorney can also provide counsel on the liabilities involved in operating your home food prep business and attempt to insulate you from personal liability. In addition, you may want them to prepare some form service contracts tailored to your cake business so that you have recourse in the event that you don’t get paid or a dispute arises over your services. The main thing that an attorney will provide is planning ahead for all of the potential issues that may occur and this is invaluable to a successful business venture.