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I was suckered by Pinterest…again!

A baker, a trusted baker, said she’d found the perfect white cake recipe; she promised I’d never have to look again.  It was her own recipe, one she had adapted from a well-known source, that she promised she had made much better.  With that kind of hype, and her trusted status to back her up, I copied the recipe off and lip-smacked my way through making a promise a reality.


I will not be using that recipe again.

But…..not all was lost.

I did a little adapting of my own, doncha know.

I took the blah cake and made it my bitch.  (whoa.  language, granny!)

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First, I decided to super-charge the filling, so I used Nestle La Lechera Caramel Sauce:

caramelimage source: Amazon


I live in South Texas and this product is plentiful, but from what I understand it may be a regional item.  You will have to trust me (oh, the irony) that it is worth the $5 that Amazon sells it for if you can’t find it on your grocer’s shelf;  ORDER HERE.  FYI: If I could no longer get this product, I would buy it from Amazon.  Yes, I love it that much.

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#1) Fill my meh cake with caramel:

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Here’s a quick tutorial ( it’s, um, a ridiculous video…but helpful!):


#2) Frosted my cake with a salted vanilla buttercream frosting (recipe at end of post), chilled for 10 minutes, drizzled with the remaining caramel and then ran my frosting spatula through it to marble.  As the very last step, I sprinkled the top of the cake with a medium grind of sea salt, to offset the caramel sweetness.

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#3) Took pic after pic after pic to show you the yumminess:

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And more:

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Need I say it:

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Promised recipe (I typically use recipes as a guideline, so if you need exact measurements for your frosting, this is not the place to be!):

OMT's Salted Vanilla Buttercream Frosting


  • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 5-6 cups sifted confectioners sugar (depending on if you desire a thinner or thicker frosting)
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-5 tablespoons heavy cream (depending on if you desire a thinner or thicker frosting)
  • 1 can Dolche De Leche (caramel)


  1. Beat butter with a mixer until it reaches a creamy consistency.
  2. Add vanilla and salt and mix well.
  3. Add sugar, on low speed, in 1 cup increments, while alternately adding 1 tablespoon of cream, at a time, as necessary.
  4. Mix until fluffy.
  5. Use approx. 1/2-2/3rds of canned caramel as cake filling.
  6. Frost cake, then refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  7. Once frosting/cake is thoroughly chilled, drizzle remaining caramel over cake and spread in a marbleized pattern.

The cake itself was a disappointment; the salted vanilla frosting, not so much.

Come on, I can’t be the only one sucked in by a beautiful Pinterest photo only to be disappointed with my result.  Gotta story you’d like to share?



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  1. My husband will no longer cook recipes I found from pinterest. We have had terrible luck with entrees and appetizers. Although, I have not yet had a fail with a dessert…though I stick to the cookie and candy variety. I will usually trace the recipe back to the original source and read multiple comments….especially looking for the ones from people asking questions and such because to me that indicates they actually tried the recipe.

  2. I’ve never used La Lechera Caramel Sauce, but it sounds like you made this recipe tasty. It looks good anyway. : )

  3. This looks delicious! Great idea with the caramel sauce.

  4. OMG! The finished product looks sooo good! I also get suckered by pinterest sometimes, sometimes it’s a win, sometimes it’s a giant fail!

  5. This looks so yummy! I would love for you to come by and link this or another project/recipe at my brand new link party!! Hope to see you!

  6. Angie Brewer (@snackcupsmiles) says

    That looks divine!
    I’m such a pinterest sucker.

  7. Heather M says

    My Pinterest Fail was a many times repinned Pumpkin Spice Latte that “tastes just like Starbucks”. It was one of the most foul things I have tasted….EVER.

  8. I love dulce de leche. I really like when people tell when something is a fail. It looks beautiful. We have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday.
    We are also having a giveaway this week for a $50.00 Target Gift Card, so head over to enter.
    We hope to see you there.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  9. Hilarious! Your finished product looks divine, though! I’m Pinning it (ha!) for future reference.

  10. Cake looks delightful and moist!!

  11. WOW, that looks amazing. I will be pinning this to my CAKE board. 🙂

    If you would like to share with us there is a new linky party posted every Monday.

  12. I was intrigued by your title. I found you over at the Sassy Little Lady’s Party and I had to come see. This looks fabulous. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  13. Oh no – I have all these grand recipes pinned at Pinterest – not that I’ve had any time to try them as the grandkids are keeping me extra busy this year. Then again, that may have been a good thing. 🙂 Thanks for the warning. ANOTHER great excuse to put off cooking. hehehehehehe 🙂

  14. The icing and filling sounds so good, I love caramel! Good idea to try to improve the cake. Found your blog through show and Tell Saturday.

    ~Sarah Lynn @ Sarah Lynn’s Sweets

  15. This caramel frosting looks so good! I am sorry the cake was not so good…I hate that! It is easy to see a picture and be convinced that the taste is equally as wonderful as the picture. Thanks for sharing this frosting recipe:)

  16. I never ever follow a recipe to a tee. I always find it needs tweaking to taste just right to me. Your cake sure looks good! Best wishes, Tammy

  17. You know, I have been thinking about this for a few days (haha). Sometimes I think there are little differences in each baker/cook – subtle things like shaking down a cup, heaping, oven temps, altitude – that can change things. Maybe the cake turned out beautifully for her. I only say this because I have a few recipes that turn out amazing for other people and no matter how many times I have tried them, they have failed miserably for me.

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      I also thought about that (it’s important, dang it!), and have also made amazing cakes that turns out average for others. I guess if she hadn’t talked it up so much it might have been different. But, “the last white cake recipe you’ll ever need” speaks to excellence. Apparently, I’m still carrying my grudge. Ha!

  18. I cannot imagine anything that delicious not tasting good, I bet it was good! 🙂

    Visiting today from Let’s Get Social Sunday.

  19. Okay let me quickly change horses in mid-stream for our personal Pin-Fail. Not a food item. My daughter was so excited to host a “Welcome Summer” party last June. The “hillbilly waterbed” she attempted never delivered the thrill of happy kids bouncing away on a water/food color/glitter filled surface constructed from 2 plastic drop sheets duct taped together. Was afraid to ask what she spent on this leaking no-fun disaster, but I’m not afraid to warn you grandmas out there – stay away from the hillbilly waterbed recipe! In retrospect, the title alone should have had us running from it!

  20. I do love caramel….:)

  21. I have learned thru the 6 yrs of blogging that a lot of recipes are LOVED in some parts of the country but maybe not so much, in others. What tastes great to someone in New York is so different than what we eat in West Texas, that I don’t care for the recipe. MOST of the time, I can read the recipe and decide if we might or might NOT like it….but, not always. 🙁

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      I agree, but a white cake recipe seems pretty universal. Wait. They eat cake in New York, right?! Ha!

  22. That cake looks outrageously delicious and i can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the buttercream recipe, and for the tutorial… piping the egde to prevent the caramel from dripping is a great idea.

  23. This looks insanely good!! I love how you didn’t give up and made that cake work for you. You go girl!!

  24. This title really grabbed my attention. The cake looks scrumtious. Great save!

  25. Why buy Dulce de Leche already made in a can (and for an eye-popping five dollars?!) when you can buy a can of sweetened condensed milk and boil it yourself?

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      Convenience! Plus, I have so many other things to do. AND, when I want caramel out of a can…BOOM! already there!

  26. OMG! That looks awesome. I’m pinning it to my must try board.

  27. Oh my goodness!!! Mmmmmm that looks sooooo good! Ok, now I am having a after midnight snack attack thanks to that more than yummy looking cake!!

  28. katie goldsworthy says

    That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing it at Monday Funday!

  29. YUM! My SIL and I were discussing tonight how her recipes never look like pinterest. I told her about photo styling and how most of that stuff gets tossed, because it’s been so messed with.

    This sounds DELICIOUS. Gotta love South Texas and it’s yumminess 🙂

  30. SO glad your version turned out… it looks amazing. This recipe will be featured tomorrow at the tasteful Tuesday party at nap-timecreations… come by and check it out. I would love for you to put my featured button at the bottom of this post :o)

    ps, do you have a page where you list the parties you link up to? Would love to see a link back to Tasteful Tuesdays!

  31. I rarely use pinterest fro actual recipes/tutorials etc. For me Pinterest is a scrapbook–a way to remember pretty things that inspired you. Recipes etc–are great but very personal and I prefer to find them from trusted sources.

  32. Sorry if this may seem like a dumb question, but by “vanilla” do you mean vanilla essence??

  33. I made this icing, and it was great! Only problem is that my caramel and icing mixed together and didn’t look as lovely as yours 🙁

    i got my cake recipe from here(below) and it tasted pretty decent with your icing 🙂 so: Thank You! (the occasion was for my now 6 year old brother’s birthday)

    Chanel x

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      Now, I’m wondering if my cake was chilled before I tried the icing to make it have that effect. Glad you liked it.

  34. Nummy! That looks fabulous!

  35. I SO need a piece of that.

  36. I have gotten much more cautious as well, but your cake looks amazing!

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      And as we all know (thanks to Billy Crystal on SNL): It’s betta to look good than to (poetic license ahead) taste good.

  37. My question is, why did I go to all the trouble of dicing strawberries and cream cheese if that Pinterest-located bread machine recipe was just going to taste like regular bread?

  38. I already suck at baking (or any cooking, for that matter), but you just taught me a very valuable lesson: when I do get around to trying all of these recipes I’ve pinned, feel free to change it up to suit my tastes. So it’s not a total waste of five hours in the kitchen!

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      If I follow a recipe exactly, it’s unusual. I think most of us know what fits our families enough to change things up when necessary. Glad to help!


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