Sunday, 4 August 2013

Chocolate and Caramel Layer Cake

I have a confession. I love cake.

Ok, its out there. I can move on.

Then again who doesn't! There is always time for cake! Whether its a simple sponge for tea time, or an extravagant layer cake for a wedding, cake is always on the cards.

My favourite cake is chocolate. Who doesn't love a rich, iced, moist, dark chocolate cake. The variations of chocolate cakes are endless. My mission: Try them all!

Ok, maybe that's impossible. However this take on a chocolate cake is certainly different. This layered cake is unusual, combining both Caramel and Chocolate layers. Definitely one to put down on your to-do list!

Weather you have this for a special event or even just tea time, it is sure to leave you wanting more! Enjoy this Chocolate and Caramel combo!

This is an adapted recipe from Rachel Allens 'Cake'

Ingredients:

290g Butter
300g Caster Sugar
6 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
300g Self-Raising Flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
2 tbls Cocoa Powder
1 Tin Dulce de Leche (Recipe here)

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180c. Line three 8 inch cake tins.

 2. Cream the butter until soft in a bowl. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.



3. Whisk the eggs and vanilla together in a separate bowl. Gradually add the eggs to the butter mixture, beating all the time.



4. Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold in gently to combine. 

5. Tip one-third of the batter into one bowl. Add the cocoa powder the this and mix to combine. Then pour into a prepared cake tin and smoothen the surface. 





6. Divide the remaining mixture evenly into the other two cake tins. Place the tins in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and an inserted skewer comes out clean.

7. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Then take out of the tins and place on a wire rack until fully cool.



8. Place one vanilla cake upside down flat on a surface. Evenly spread half of the dulce de leche from the tin over the top. Then place the chocolate layer over this and add the remaining dulce de leche. Then place the final vanilla layer, right side up on top.








After all that, enjoy! You can design or ice your cake as you wish.
For a simple decorative idea, sprinkle icing sugar over the top. For a more sophisticated look, cover with buttercream and design the top as you wish.

What are your favourite cakes? :)



Siobhán
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