Chocolate Cake With Salted Caramel Sauce

The yummiest chocolate cake ever… in my opinion! Rich, moist and delicious, filled with chocolate buttercream and salted caramel sauce. Is there anything better?

chocolate cake recipe

Cake Ingredients – for a deep 6 inch cake or standard size 8 inch round.

300g salted butter
180g dark muscovado sugar
180g golden caster sugar

8 medium eggs
1 1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract

100mls buttermilk
350g self raising flour
80g cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

120g melted dark chocolate

Caramel ingredients

200g granulated sugar

100g salted butter
110mls thick double cream

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Buttercream ingredients

250g unsalted butter

500g icing sugar

100g dark chocolate

Add the softened butter into a mixer and mix for 2-3 minutes. Then add in the sugars and again, mix for a few minutes. Add the eggs into the butter mix one at a time. It will look curdled but don’t worry.

Measure out the buttermilk into a jug and also add in the vanilla extract. Then add this into the butter mix. It can look very odd at this point but I promise it will all come together once flour is added. While it is mixing, weight out all your dry ingredients into a separate bowl. This is the flour, cocoa, baking powder and bicarb. Add in a spoonful at a time into the mixer.

Last of all, melt the dark chocolate in the microwave. Its best to do this 10-15 seconds at a time so it doesn’t burn. Pour this into the batter and its all done.

We split this into 4 6 inch round tins and it made a super tall cake around 6 inchs high. Yum! It would make a standard size 8 inch round cake. It is quite a thick batter so spread it out in the tin and leave a dip in the center of the tin to allow for rising. Cook at 150, gas mark 2, for around 30-35 minutes.

Caramel

Get all your ingredients prepared before starting. Chop the butter up into chunks. Measure out the cream.

Heat the sugar in a saucepan over a low – medium heat. Its best to take your time doing this. Make sure you stir constantly. The sugar will go quite lumpy then turn an amber/brown colour. It can burn very easily now.

Next add the butter and keep stiring. It may bubble but keep stiring. Once the butter is all melted add the salt and pour in the cream slowly. It will bubble lots but again, keep stiring. Boil for 45 seconds then remove from the heat and allow to cool before use.

Buttercream

Add softened butter into a mixer and mix on high for 6-7 minutes, scraping down a few times.

Add in the icing sugar and mix again for a further 5 minutes. Pour in your melted chocolate. Try not to lick the bowl too much!

chocolate cake

Piping

Using a Jem 2d or wilton 1m nozzle, pipe swirls of buttercream on each layer of your cooled cake, leaving the top cake until last. Before stacking, drizzle your caramel sauce all over the cake layers, letting it ooze over the sides. Stack the cake. You can pop in the fridge for 10 mintues at this point to firm up the buttercream before finishing off the top.

Smooth buttercream over the top with a palette knife then swirl buttercream in peaks around the edge. We finished the peaks off with Lindor caramel chocolate balls. Drizzle a little more sauce over the top. Make sure you hide it and keep it all to yourself!!!

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Hints and tips

This made a double height 6 inch cake or it will make a standard 8 inch high cake.

Melt the chocolate in short bursts to stop it from burning.

If the caramel sets, you can soften it in the microwave, again, in short bursts of 10-15 seconds.

You can use unsalted butter, then add your own salt to taste.

Adding salt enhances the chocolate flavour.

The caramel will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

All ovens vary so please ensure you cook according to your oven. Timings may vary.

5 Simple Steps To Better Cakes

Sometimes its seems easy to skip a step or rush a part of your cake to get it done. Especially when you have lots of orders and dead lines to meet. But, by following these simple steps, your cake life will be easier and your cakes will look much more professional.

Ice Cream Scoop – 

Ice cream scoops are awesome for adding your cake batter into cupcake cases. The size I use for muffin cases is 56mm. Then all your cupcakes will be the same size and it reduces mess. I use this one Ice Cream Scoop

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Prep –

Just spending an extra 5 minutes on prep makes all the difference. Get your tools out, soften the paste, make sure your buttercream is made and ready to use, get a system to keep everywhere clean and tidy as you are working. By following these simple rules, getting your cake completed will be a breeze.

Ganache or buttercream? –

Always a tricky one to decide on but in my opinion, ganache all the way! Yes it may take an extra 10 minutes to ganache your cake but you’ll be able to cover your cake in half the time. The cake ends up so much smoother and straighter that it tends to cut down on the time to cover, smooth and level. Just make sure you charge enough for ganaching. If not, stick with brilliant buttercream.

ganache

 

Which Sugarpaste?

So often I hear about people giving up on cakes because they never go right. Yet, something as simple as using the right fondant is life changing! I prefer to use a firm fondant such as  Couture or Sugarpaste Direct as I get less tears and cracks.

Be organised

Even though all my admin work was done on a laptop or iPad, i still found it helpful to print out all my orders and information and store it all together in a folder. It is really handy to have everything all together in 1 place. Also, make sure money is received before you begin the cake. That way if the customer can’t make it to collect the cake, your time hasn’t gone to waste. Be consistent with sending out invoices, email receipts and terms and conditions. It’ll all make your life easier in the long term.

 

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My 5 simple steps for an easier cake life. What are your top tips? What do you find helps you?

Lots of cake love

Dani x

 

Gravity Cakes

Who loves them? I made one last week and it was such fun. There is something totally fab about chucking a load of sweets on a cake that looks good enough for face planting!

I had never made one before. I had been recommended to buy the Lakeland Pouring Cake Kit which I did. This was brilliant and made it really secure for travelling.

Gravity Cake

Gravity Cake

 

The kit comes with a 10 inch base (so make sure you have a 10 inch box available too) and various size rods and blanking pieces. It is so easy to put together.

I started off layering my cake onto the centre rod. I filled the layers with Oreo Flavour buttercream. Here is our buttercream recipe, just add crushed up oreos. Yum Yum!

Then add a layer of buttercream all over and smooth out.

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Next I made some dark chocolate ganache using a 1:1 ratio, 60ml double cream and 60g chocolate. I used this as a glue to stick on Oreos around the base of the 6 inch cake. I used just under 1 packet.

I then poured some runny ganache on the top and spread out over the edge of the cake to form drips.

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I finished off building the centre support pole and covered this in some ganache. I carefully added on the regular size empty maltesers packet, being careful not to rip it. Once the ganache sets, it is a really strong glue and the packet wont move. I used a party size pack of maltesers plus one regular size pack. Stick on maltesers all the way up the centre pole to the base of the packet.

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I also added some more maltesers onto the top of the cake. To finish off, I added some sprinkles and a happy birthday topper by Iced Jems.

Ta-da! Super easy and looks fabulous!

Dani x