Monday, January 6, 2014

Spice Cake Bars with Salted Caramel Icing

Spice Cake Bars with Salted Caramel Icing ala ~DKBB~
(original recipe by Ellen Hartman in Feb/Mar 2014 Simple & Delicious magazine)

1 package spice cake mix (regular size)
3/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1/8 to 1/4 tsp. allspice (depending on your desire for strong flavor)
1 egg (warmed to room temperature and slightly beaten)
  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Grease a 13x9-inch pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine cake mix, butter, milk, allspice, and egg; beat on low speed for 30 seconds, then on  medium for 2 minutes. Batter will be thick.
  • Transfer to prepare pan.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan on wire rack.
Frosting
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup butter, cubed
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 to 1 tsp. sea salt (use a salt mill for big grains)
  • In a large saucepan, combine brown sugar, milk, and butter over medium heat; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce heat, simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; stir in powdered sugar and vanilla; immediately spread icing over cake; sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Cool completely before serving. Cut into bars. Store in airtight container.