INGREDIENTS

Servings
  •   Cake
  • 6 oz. butter
  • 7 oz. granulated sugar
  • 2 oz. vegetable oil
  • 3 whole eggs, room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla bean paste
  • 7 oz. all-purpose flour
  • 4-1/4 oz. RITZ Crackers, finely crushed
  • 2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 8-1/2 oz. buttermilk
  •   Buttercream
  • 4 oz. water
  • 16-1/4 oz. granulated sugar, divided
  • 8 each egg whites
  • 1-1/2 lb. butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  •   Assembly
  • 5-3/4 oz. prepared caramel sauce
  • 5-1/2 oz. RITZ Crackers, coarsely crushed

NUTRITION FACTS

Nutritional facts are based on a single serving
Calories 1010
Total fat 72g
Saturated fat 39g
Trans fat 2.5g
Cholesterol 230mg
Sodium 1070mg
Carbohydrate 87g
Dietary fiber <1g
Sugars 61g
Added sugars 59g
Protein 9g
Vitamin D 2%DV
Calcium 8%DV
Iron 10%DV
Potassium 4%DV

DIRECTIONS

    Cake:
  1. Mix  butter and sugar with electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment on low speed until blended. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Mix in oil until well blended. Add whole eggs and egg yolks 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
  2. Add  combined flour, cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt alternately with buttermilk, mixing until combined after each addition, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Divide batter equally between 2 (9-inch) parchment paper-lined and sprayed cake pans.
  3. Bake  in 350°F standard oven 25 to 30 min. or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans 5 min. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack.
  4. Buttercream:
  5. Cook  water and 14 oz. sugar in heavy saucepan on medium heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Bring to boil. Cook without stirring, until mixture reaches 235-240°F.
  6. Meanwhile,  beat eggs whites with electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment on medium speed until frothy. Gradually add remaining sugar while beating on high speed until soft peaks form.
  7. Gradually  pour hot syrup down side of bowl, mixing on medium-high speed, and being careful not to let syrup hit the whisk. Continue mixing 15 to 30 min. or until mixture is cooled to room temperature.
  8. Add  softened butter 2 Tbsp. at a time, beating on medium speed after each addition. Add salt with last addition of butter. Beat on high speed until mixture is fluffy and smooth. Use immediately or store, refrigerated, in airtight container for future use.
  9. To  assemble cake, cut each cake layer horizontally in half. Place 1 layer on cake plate. Spread 1 cup Buttercream over top of cake. Repeat with 2 more cake layers. Top with remaining cake layer and 1-1/2 cups Buttercream. Frost sides with Buttercream, then pipe remainder around base of cake using pastry bag fitted with fluted tip.
  10. Spoon  caramel sauce over top of cake, letting it run down side. Sprinkle top and lower sides with coarsely crushed RITZ Crackers. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  11. Make Ahead:

    Buttercream can be made ahead of time. Refrigerate in an airtight container for several days. Bring to room temperature and whisk until smooth before using.

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