482 Fewer Calories
23g Less Fat
1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup fat-free caramel sauce
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
1 cup cake flour (not self-rising)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup reduced-fat (1%) milk
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup reduced-fat (1%) milk
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
2 teaspoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
To make the frosting, with an electric mixer on high speed, beat the cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and caramel sauce until blended. Stir in the nuts. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with nonstick spray.
Line the bottom with wax paper; lightly spray with nonstick spray.
To make the cake, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the brown sugar, oil, and granulated sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Alternately add the flour mixture and the milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture and beating just until blended.
Pour the batter into the pan. Level batter by holding pan 3 or 4-inches above counter dropping it flat onto counter. Do this several times to release air bubbles and assure a more level cake.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 – 30 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a rack 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and let cool completely on the rack.
Meanwhile, to make the filling, combine the brown sugar and flour in a small saucepan. Whisk in the milk; bring to a boil. Boil until the mixture just begins to thicken, 1 – 2 minutes whisking constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in the nuts, butter, vanilla, and salt. Let cool completely.
Split the cake layer in half with a long serrated knife. Place the bottom layer, cut side up, on a serving plate. Spread the filling evenly over the layer, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Place the remaining layer on top, rounded side up. Spoon the frosting over the top, allowing it to drizzle down the side of the cake. Refrigerate until set.
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 35 min
Yield: 12 servings
Per Serving: 318 Cal (41% from Fat, 6% from Protein, 53% from Carb); 4 g Protein; 14 g Tot Fat; 4 g Sat Fat; 6 g Mono Fat; 40 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 29 g Sugar; 88 mg Calcium; 2 mg Iron; 255 mg Sodium; 53 mg Cholesterol
Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen: Bobby’s Caramel Cake
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of Bobby Deen and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen
Bobby Deen is the younger son of celebrity chef Paula Deen. Like older brother Jamie, the Savannah resident has helped shape the Deen media empire with a series of highly successful commercial collaborations, ranging from three best selling cookbooks to the series Road Tasted on the Food Network and the award winning Lady and Sons Restaurant in Savannah. On a personal side, he was also named one of People Magazine's Most Eligible Bachelors in 2007.
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