One Year Blogiversary Celebration and Caramel Cake - My Sweet Sanity

One Year Blogiversary Celebration and Caramel Cake

by Jennifer Wieland
Caramel Cake

One year ago today I went live with a blog on to share my recipe creations, baking adventures and family life with friends and family. I never really expected much to come out of this whole blogging thing. I figured, maybe a few people I knew might on occasion read something I wrote about. I never expected to have followers on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Bloglovin, FeedBurner etc. I had no idea about media kits, Klout scores, Google and Alexia rankings. I had no idea what the difference was between and Basically, I went into this thing much more clueless than I ever thought I was.

Then I went to BlogHer ’13 and oh lordy, did a learn a thing or two thousand! I came home after that with a new found determination to make a real go of this blogging thing and within days I had a new site design and was moved to self-hosted Since the end of July I have been working my tushy off making what was my vague dream into a reality.

Now, in the scheme of things I am still a very small fish but I am growing every single day with the support of family, friends, other bloggers, companies willing to take a chance on my blog and of course and most importantly my readers. So thank you for sticking with me this year and hopefully you will continue to enjoy the blog for a long time to come.

To celebrate my blogiversary I decided to put together a compilation of my favorite recipes from the past year. It was hard to decide which ones to pick and goodness but you can tell my photography has come a long way in one short year.

Favorite Recipes

My 18 favorite recipes from My Sweet Sanity’s first year.

  1. Caramel
  2. Caramel Apple Pie Chex Mix
  3. One Bowl Yellow Cake
  4. Chocolate Almond Cake
  5. Root Beer Float Cupcakes
  6. Brown Sugar Apple Cupcakes
  7. Snickerdoodle Blondies
  8. Faux Lofthouse Sugar Cookies
  9. Cherry Almond Scones
  10. Meyer Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes
  11. Sweet Potato Cupcakes
  12. White Chocolate Passion Fruit Cake
  13. Pumpkin Spice M&M Cookies
  14. Horchata Cupcakes
  15. Peanut Butter Chocolate Monster Cookies
  16. Biscoff Cannolis
  17. Apple Cinnamon Donuts
  18. Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches

The Cake

Every celebration needs a cake and this one is no different. In honor of my blogiversary I made a caramel cake and let me tell you, it is SO unbelievably good! I had the joy of having it for breakfast this morning. I know not very healthy but today is a party for me. So enough yammering, onto the cake.

Caramel Cake

Caramel Cake


Caramel Cake
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6785 calories
1161 g
1002 g
228 g
51 g
139 g
1911 g
2781 g
948 g
7 g
72 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 6785
Calories from Fat 2002
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 228g
Saturated Fat 139g
Trans Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Monounsaturated Fat 61g
Cholesterol 1002mg
Sodium 2781mg
Total Carbohydrates 1161g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 948g
Protein 51g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the cake
  1. 2 c. all-purpose flour
  2. 1 1/4 c. sugar
  3. 1 tbsp. baking powder
  4. 1 tsp. salt
  5. 1/2 c. butter, softened
  6. 1 c. milk
  7. 1 tsp. caramel flavoring
  8. 2 eggs
For the frosting
  1. 1 c. light brown sugar, packed
  2. 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  3. 4 tbsp.+ 8 tbsp. butter, softened
  4. 1 tbsp. vanilla
  5. 4 c. powdered sugar, sifted
  6. 1 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray two 9" in cake pans with baking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment sift together the dry ingredients. Add the butter, milk and caramel to the bowl and beat on medium for 3-4 minutes, scraping down sides as needed. Add in the eggs and beat again for another 3 minutes on medium.
  3. Evenly pour into pans and bake for 30-35 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and then flip pans and continue to cool cake on wire rack until completely cooled.
For the frosting
  1. In a saucepan, using a whisk, stir together the brown sugar, cream and butter over medium heat. Continue stirring for 5 minutes. If it starts to bubble up to high remove from heat for a minute and lower temperature a bit. Add in the vanilla and continue stirring for another 5 minutes. Pour the caramel into the bowl of your mixer and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes. It will thicken up.
  2. Using the whisk attachment for your stand mixer beat the caramel for a minute on medium speed and then add in the remaining butter. Beat until no visible butter lumps remain, about 3 minutes at medium speed. Add half of the powdered sugar and mix on low until incorporated. Add in the other half of the powdered sugar and mix again on low. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the cream. Beat on medium-high for 3-5 minutes until creamy and fluffy.
  3. Use to fill and frost the cake.
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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 8-24 so things are always crazy with everything from school life, to autism and to college and beyond. She tries to bake, craft, travel and blog her way through all of the chaos and craziness that life, her kids and her husband throw her way.

54 Responses to “One Year Blogiversary Celebration and Caramel Cake”

  1. 1
    Britni says:

    Can I like sweet and salty? Love choc covered pretzels and popcorn with M&MS.
    Britni recently posted…Guest Post: The Best No-Bake BarsMy Profile

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    Phil says:

    Save some cake for me! It looks awesome! You have been working very hard, and your family is very proud of the results!

  3. 3
    Rachel says:

    No joke, I love anything with caramel in it! Like the candy bar caramello is one of my favorites. Your cake is right up my alley – awesome giveaway!! Happy blogiversary!!!
    Rachel recently posted…Wordless Wednesday: Three Tillamook CutiesMy Profile

  4. 4

    I love anything sweet – cakes, brownies, ANYTHING!

  5. 5
    Kristen says:

    I love anything with chocolate and peanut butter!

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    Akira Masuda says:

    I like oatmeal muffins with raisins and chunks of bananas, or churros. And for salty I love mozarella fries
    Akira Masuda recently posted…ASOS GIFT VOUCHER GIVEAWAY!!!My Profile

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    Chelsea says:

    Yum, yum, yum! Thank you for sharing this! My husband loves caramel, so this is definitely going on the “to bake” list. Thanks!

  9. 9

    You can’t get better than warm chocolate chip cookies with walnuts.
    Nicole Robinson recently posted…Giveaway: How to Prepare a Standout College ApplicationMy Profile

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    Alana Vester says:

    My favorite treat is carrot cake!

  11. 11
    Mel says:

    salted nut roll

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    Lynsey Jones says:

    Happy One-Year-Of-Making-Me-Want-To-Completely-Blow-My-Diet… I mean Blogiversary LOL My favorite sweet snack is cake pops!! Yummmmm….
    Lynsey Jones recently posted…Seafood Festival 5k – Blowing My Own Mind – BOLD Goal #8My Profile

  13. 13

    Congratulations! It’s always so great and satisfying to hit a big milestone like this! My mouth is watering like crazy…your pictures are great!Will have to try this recipe out!
    Allison Cooper recently posted…Announcing….Project Motherhood Book Club – Selection TwoMy Profile

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    Natalie says:

    Happy Blogoversary! And what an awesome collection! Can clearly see how your photography style has changed in this time also – love looking back over the year, such fun!
    Natalie recently posted…What’s Your Earliest Make-Up Memory?My Profile

  15. 15

    Happy Anniversary!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Caramel! I will have to give this a try!
    Paula @ Frosted Fingers recently posted…Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Chicken RecipeMy Profile

  16. 16

    Looks absolutely delicious!! Happy Blogiversary!! XOXO
    Stephanie Person recently posted…How To Deal With At Home DistractionsMy Profile

  17. 17

    When I started blogging, I was the same way. I had no idea how much fun it would be or all that I would learn from it! =0) I didn’t attend BlogHer 2013, but I hope to go to a conference in the future. It sounds like awesome fun.
    I just now found your blog, and I’d like to wish you a happy blogiversary! The caramel cake looks amazing, and I’ll be checking out your other recipes from your compilation too. Can’t wait!
    Kim @ 2justByou recently posted…It’s a Twitter Kind of DayMy Profile

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      Jen W. says:

      I would totally recommend going to a conference. BlogHer was a bit overwhelming for a first one and I wish I had started with a smaller one but it was still tons of fun. I was only able to go though because it was in Chicago and so am I so I didn’t need travel or hotel. I also didn’t know anyone to ask people to room with but now I do and that helps for future ones. 🙂

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    kelly mcgrew says:

    chocolate covered pretzels.

  19. 19

    I just found you on twitter… I absolutely love your site! And I am trying that Caramel Cake recipe this weekend!!
    Christy Hoover recently posted…When Your Heart Won’t Forgive…My Profile

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    Lawanna says:

    carmel popcorn with chocolate and nuts

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    LyndaS says:

    Happy Blogiversary! That cake looks so pretty. Of course, since it has eggs and milk, it should qualify as a good breakfast. 😉
    LyndaS recently posted…Nutrisystem Diet Review – Day FourMy Profile

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    Shawna says:

    Happy anniversary! What a beautiful cake. I showed my sister who is the baker and she loved it. Thank you for sharing it on our Four Seasons Blog Hop.

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    MoranSha says:

    ANYTHING with chocolate!!

  25. 25
    Natalie yeoman says:

    I loveeee cupcakes

  26. 26
    Lauren says:

    I would make the most delicious Halloween cake if I won!

  27. 27

    First of all, happy blogiversary!! I am new here and I love your blog!! I can’t wait to follow along. This cake is just an example of your delicious creations I have been drooling over…so beautiful! Caramel is my favorite salty dessert
    Zainab @ Blahnik Baker recently posted…Chocolate Milky Way CupcakesMy Profile

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    Luna S says:

    I enjoy cake pops,they are moist & delicious.

  29. 29
    Susan Christy says:

    I totally love brownies – I make all kinds and haven’t found a brownie I don’t like.

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    Pary Moppins says:

    That cake looks amazing! I know this is weird, but I like trail mix for a sweet/salty treat.
    Pary Moppins recently posted…Menu Ideas from the Brookshire’s AdMy Profile

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    Kelly D says:

    I love chocolate covered pretzels.

  32. 32
    Ashley H says:

    I love chocolate chip cookies.

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    shirley says:

    Love fudge and salted nut roll.

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    shirley says:

    I love fudge and salted nut roll.

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    Diane Cooper says:

    My favorite treat is Coca Cola Cake.

  36. 36
    Whitney Lindeman says:

    I don’t have a crazy sweet tooth, BUT I loooove treats that are sweet AND salty, like salted caramel anything or salted dark chocolate anything. Mmm!

  37. 37
    Daisy says:

    That cake looks AMAZING!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!!!
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    robyn says:

    I keep seeing the yummiest things on your blog! Caramel is a go-to treat for me!
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    Amy says:

    My favorite sweet treat is coconut cake. Thank you and happy blogiversary!

  40. 40
    JenniferB says:

    I love cheesecake

  41. 41
    Linda Bennett says:

    My favorite sweet and salty is peanut britte with salt and chocolate covered pretzels

  42. 42
    adl says:

    Chocolate and popcorn!

  43. 43
    Jane Ritz says:

    I love sweets. I especially like German Chocolate Cake.

  44. 44
    Jenn Giannetto says:

    I love pecan pie

  45. 45
    Kathy Myers says:

    I have to try this! Yummy!!
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    Hanna says:

    Oh my gosh, everything! The one thing every member of my family agrees on are good old chocolate chip cookies.

  47. 47
    Robert Brown says:

    I love all cupcakes…the best. My favorites are a seal salt caramel or a snickerdoodle.

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    kim thompson says:

    I like salty

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    Kacee Nunez says:

    I love salty and my favorite is Lay’s potato chips the regular ones. When I want something sweet I eat caramels.

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    brandi fletcher says:

    My favorite sweet treat is carrot cake. It’s the kryptonite to my diet!

  51. 51
    Wendy R. says:

    Wow, cool recipes! My favorite sweet is cake with GOOD frosting.

  52. 52
    Susan Christy says:

    Emailed you my info – thank you and congrats on your blogiversary!

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