In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand-held electric mixer in a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar, and butter on low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to high, and mix until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. (Occasionally turn the mixer off, and scrape the down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.)
According to Food52 co-founder Merrill Stubbs, “Whether or not they admit it, all cooks have one recipe they’re most proud of.” And this one is hers. While it’s a simple cake, the luxe caramel glaze makes it pretty enough for guests.
This light and fluffy cake is made with fizzy Dr. Pepper, oatmeal, and warming spices like allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. This decadent dessert has a layer of vanilla whipped cream in between the two cakes and is topped with cream cheese frosting, toasted coconut flakes, and a drizzle of Mexican chocolate ganache.