In The Kitchen… Leah Visits Chestnut Cottage!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

Hello everyone, it’s Leah today on the blog! I have taken over the blog to share my lovely visit to Chestnut Cottage earlier this week. I came to visit mostly for work related items, but that’s never the full story if you know how Kathy and I are together!

If you have followed the blog for a while, you will have heard about “Grandmother Crisp’s Caramel Cake”… and if you are new to the blog, you’re in for a treat! I have officially been given a ‘behind the scenes’ look at this treasured recipe featured in Kathryn’s book, The Collected Tabletop. It’s one of the most popular topics on the blog and there is constant feedback regarding this delightful cake… and if you’ve tasted it, you’ll know why! It is sinfully delicious!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

So after a bit of begging, Kathy gave in to my request and taught me how to make this tedious dessert!

To begin, we creamed the butter, sugar and eggs together in the mixer. In a separate bowl, we combined the dry ingredients. It is important to add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk and vanilla to avoid clumps of batter.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

As a young, rather inexperienced cook, this little book is a huge help! It certainly covers ‘the basics’ as well as the adventurous side of cooking (I usually steer clear of the latter, unlike my friend Kathy!).

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

This cake calls for ‘ribbon-like’ batter before it is considered ready to bake.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

Then we poured the batter evenly into 3, 9″ greased cake pans…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

Once our cakes finished baking, they must cool completely before starting the icing.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

Now for the icing…

After we melt down the brown sugar, butter and salt, we pour in the evaporated milk and let it come to an easy boil for a strict 4 minutes.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

Using the mixer, we added confectioner’s sugar and vanilla. You will start to see it turn lighter and caramelize a bit.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

Once we got the desired consistency, we began to ice the cake! (starting in between each layer)

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

Icing around the edges is the tricky part but you have to just keep at it until the cake is fully covered. Be prepared to make a bit of a mess with the icing!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

And voila! Grandmother Crisp’s Caramel Cake is finished! I left Chestnut Cottage feeling much less intimidated about making this cake on my own next time.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

For the full recipe, check out this blog post HERE!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents grandmother crisps caramel cake

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3 Responses to In The Kitchen… Leah Visits Chestnut Cottage!

  1. franki says:

    Yup…I’ve made it and EATEN it…it is truly delicious!! Nice job! franki

  2. cindy weis says:

    Hi Leah, how lucky you are to have such a talented boss, I am sure you both enjoyed every bite. thanks for sharing.

  3. Kathryn says:

    Yes indeed, it was delicious!!!

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