It is funny you should ask for an old fashioned caramel cake/cupcake recipe, as I was home this evening looking through some old newspapers a lady had given me and found the following recipe for Caramel Cake...I found it in Good Stories Newspaper from Augusta, Maine March 1934 edition, submitted in by Mrs. J.T.M. from R. 2. Bringhurst, Indiana. I have broken the recipe down, as it was just in one paragraph, and I have not tried it yet, as I just found it tonight, but do plan on making it this weekend, so if you do make it, please let me know what you think of it. It also listed a Eggless Fruit Cake recipe from the same lady, if you are interested in it, let me know.
cream brow sugar and sweet cream together
beat 2 eggs together and then add to above mixture along with salt & vanilla and sit aside
sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and cocoa, then add to mixture above and beat "whole hard" for two minutes
pour into greased loaf-cake pan and bake in a moderate oven. (it does not state what temp to set oven to or how long to cook it, but I would imagine about 350 and cook until a knife comes out clean)
Hope this recipe can help you out, I can't wait to try it myself along with the fruitcake also!
let cool and spread with caramel frosting or any desired icing.