Wednesday, June 13, 2012

salted caramel layer cake

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a friend of mine just returned from a being away for almost a month.
they told me that when they return, the first thing they want to do is devour anything that i would be willing to bake for them. don't you just love friends like that, friends that enjoy your baking almost more than you do. those friends are definite keepers.

speaking of keepers, this cake is definitely one- a keeper.

well hello salted caramel chocolate layer cake, its good to be home.

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the chocolate cake recipe has been my "go to " recipe for chocolate cake since i can remember. it is a quick, easy no fail recipe. the salted caramel was inspired by a jar of caramel that i won through Richa at Hobby & More VSPCA fundraiser....caramel that I would have had an all out bidding war if it came down to it....thankfully for the other person it didn't come down to that.



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dark chocolate layers of cake are sliced in half creating a stunning 4 layer mini cake or
an equally as beautiful 2 layer 8-inch cake



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salted caramel frosting is nestled between each layer. i love the contrast between the dark, almost black layers against the lighter caramel colored frosting.



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additional caramel is drizzled over the top. feeling super fancy? drizzle additional caramel between each layer after each frosting layer. hmmm, why didn't i think of this while i was making my cake?
this recipe can easily be double to make (2) 8- inch cakes - which would be well suited for a larger crowd.
since the cake is so rich and decadent, we were able to get 6 servings out of this mini version.


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best enjoyed with a tall glass of almond milk alongside a friend or two for good measure
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Salted Caramel Chocolate Layer Cake
makes (1) 8-inch cake or (2) 6-inch cakes

you will need:
for the cake
1 1/2 cups spelt flour
1/2 cup double dutch dark cocoa or regular double dutch cocoa
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup stevia sugar blend or 1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup cold water
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup soygurt or applesauce
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp vanilla extract

for the frosting
3 cups powdered sugar
3 tbsp vegan butter, room temp/softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp almond milk
1/4 cup vegan salted caramel
(i used jarred, to make your own check out this link & add a bit of sea salt)

assembly:
Pre heat oven to 350*
grease and line (2) 6 - inch or (1) 8-inch cake round with parchment paper (bottoms & sides)

sift flour through baking soda in a large bowl. stir in remaining ingredients until smooth. pour equal amounts of batter into the 2- 6 inch cake rounds or all into the 8-inch if using. bake for 25-30 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out with a few moist crumbs when tested in the center of each cake.
remove from the oven and cool in the pan on a wire rack.

while the cakes are cooling, make the frosting & caramel if making. in the bowl of a stand mixer, with the paddle attachment mix powdered sugar and butter on slow speed until mixed. slowly add vanilla & almond milk. stop the mixer and add vegan salted caramel - mix well. Add additional almond milk if needed to reach desired consistency.

flip the cakes over and remove parchment paper. with a serrated knife, slice each cake in half lengthwise. place one piece out of the four halves on a plate, lightly frost the half. place another round on top of the frosting - repeat until all layers are frosted. frost the top and sides with remaining frosting and drizzle with an additional tablespoon of caramel if desired.

enjoy!

Yum

51 comments:

  1. I happen to be ADDICTED to salted caramel, so you're officially an enabler! (thank you for that!)

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    1. My pleasure - the raw salted caramel is good for you, so at least I can feel like a good enabler, if there is even such a thing :)

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  2. i love when friends LOVE my baked goods <3 this cake looks absolutely SINFUL! and ooey-gooey super delicious.

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    1. Who wouldn't love those amazining cupcakes and cake you made for Karen - they would be totally crazy if they didn't love anything you made!

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  3. ....this cake is fabulous ! How wonderful it is when your friends love your dessert :) It looks super delicious!!

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  4. YUM! I love salted caramel. I don't understand why they won't let me pour it over everything in the bakery. I think it would all of the treats sell faster, right?!

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    1. Seriously, I would buy the entire bakery out if everything was covered in vegan salted caramel!

      You should totally start your own bakery called Salted Caramel!!!

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  5. Holy mother of deliciousness, Batgirl. How did that not evaporate the instant it was complete? I'd have stuck a fork in just for quality control purposes you understand, then have had to make another for my guests.

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    1. Totally love your comment! This was totally gone by the end of the day - I had to hide the 2 pieces for my friend that I had intentionally made this cake for :)

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  6. It's always nice to have a good excuse to bake something. Your cake looks divine!

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    1. Thanks Gerlinde!

      Oh geesh I can make up any type of excuse to bake -"oh, it ______ (insert any word here) lets make _______ (insert anything sweet here)"

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  7. I am so blown away right now. I had to go back and look through all of the pictures and the recipe, like, 5 times. This is one of the most delicious looking and most beautiful cakes I've ever seen. Salted caramel?!?! And the crazy drizzle-design on top?!?!?! And the photos?!?!? You are so inspirational. :-)

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    1. Awww thanks Kristy! YOU are so inspiring yourself, you know that right? I am rationing the Caramel I won from Richa's fundraiser, I don't want it to dissapear to quickly!

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  8. Oh my god. I think I just had a minor heart attack because of how incredibly delicious this cake looks. I'm not sure if I will be able to sleep until I make it.
    That first photo is a knockout!

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    1. I am pretty sure I experienced heart palpatations while devouring my honking slice :)

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  9. i agree with everyone.. this is just gorgeous gorgeous soooo dark, rich, gorgeous and i can imagine sooo delicious! i sure want you you to bake me anything(read this cake) when i visit.
    love that caramel drizzle on top and the moody pictures!
    I need to pick u some dark cocoa and make this pronto.

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    1. If you visit Richa I promise to bake/make anything you want...on one condition - you make me an amazing Indian meal!

      The Dark Cocoa is amazing- I love the stuff, I don't know if I can go back to normal cocoa...and I am lin love with the "moody" feel of the pics too :)

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  10. Man, I wish you lived closer to me! I could hire you to bake my birthday cake for next week! This looks INCREDIBLE! Salted caramel and chocolate!? YUM! What a fantastic combo. Love a beautiful layer cake too. This one's stunning. Gorgeous photos as always sweetie! :)

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    1. If we lived closer this cake would have been an absolute given!

      I love the layers, I am always intrigued by multi layer cakes - this was pretty easy - maybe a 6 tiered cake next time ;)

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  11. That looks out of this world! Wish I could pluck out a piece from the screen.

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  12. Oh dear.... you ROCK!
    LOve this and the photos are beautiful
    the addition of soft blue in your serving dish is perfection1

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    1. Thank you Ella! -that plate is probably my favorite one in my ever growing collection - I love the color :)

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  13. This cake sounds AMAZING. If I come over and beg you to bake for me, will you make this? I don't think we'd get six servings out of it, though... :P

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  14. Oh my gosh...this look OUTRAGEOUS!! The fudginess, the richness, the gooeyness, the decadence, the frosting! WOW! This is one show-stopping cake! and your photography captures the drama that IS this cake! Your friend is going to go bonkers over this treat:) Thanks for sharing such an amazing cake! Hugs!

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    1. Wow Gabby I need to hire you to write my intros! He totally did love this cake ;)xo

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  15. Wow wow wow. This looks amazing! I love chocolate and salted caramel. I'm going to have to find (or make up) a special occasion so I can make this cake!

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    1. Hmmm a special occassion - how about "you a re fabulous!" Day?

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  16. Holy, this looks incredible! I love that you used spelt flour too. I sooooo wish my hubby liked chocolate cake. I need to find some people to share with so I can make this... Although with such an amazing looking cake I don't think it'll be hard to find people to share with, haha :D

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    1. I love baking with Spelt Flour! You could totally set up a little bake sale for your 4 yo and sell a slice of this cake...did notice I said Slice, cause the other 5 slices are for you :)

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  17. This cake looks like it is a big hunky chocolate caramel chunk of deliciousness! I cannot even imagine how perfect it would taste :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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    1. Haha I like that - a Big Hunky Chunk of Cake, perfect description!

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  18. Wow that is a truly EPIC cake. I would absolutely want a whole cake waiting for me when I returned home too :)

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  19. Ummm. I've been away for a month, too!! They just let me out. Can you save me a slice of this delicious cake?

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    1. Oh goodness, you mean they didn't feed you delicous vegan chocolate caramel cake? I promise to save an entire cake just for you!

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  20. Can we be friends so you will make me some cake?!? ;) Wowza!

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    1. We can absolutey be friends, now only if you lived closer we could rant about the food system and how unhealthy america is and eat cake - sound like a plan? good, meet me at 5 so we can start our rant, make sure you bring stretchy pants too - you know, so you have enough "room" to finish off the cake :)

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  21. I took one look at this picture and my freaking jaw just hit the table. REALLY????!!!!!!!! Freaking Heather. You are amazing.

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    1. Really, yes really. Would I lie to you?

      YOU are amazing Miss Cara - I was trying to outdo your Brownie Ice cream bites :)

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  22. Hello, I was just wondering, do you have to use spelt flour or can you use all-purpose? I'd love to make this, but I'm a poor college student and I don't want to buy flour that I wont ever use again, other than on this recipe. Thanks! And your blog is wonderful, by the way!

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    1. You definitely could use AP in place of spelt - let me know how it turns out with the substution!

      Thanks for stopping by and for the lovely comment :)

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  23. I won second place in a dessert contest with this recipe! Every year my church has a "home again sunday" buffet for the congregation. People bring food and desserts and a panel judges the desserts. Bringing a dish that didn't involve harming any animals made all that much sweeter! thank you for sharing this amazing recipe

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    1. Whoa!!! That is so freakin amazing and awesome :)

      Thank you for sharing your experience, I love hearing when people try out a recipe or two, hope to see you around SMBP :)

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  24. Gosh, THIS is a real chocolate cake! So dark and fluffy and yummie... I need a piece of this. Now. Please!

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  25. hi amazing recipe. I ve been looking for this for a year!

    For the caramel sauce, is there any other recipe besides the one on the link ? The products on the link are not available easily in India, especially where I live.

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    1. Hi Divya!

      You can try the following recipe for a raw caramel: http://www.abhealthcoaching.com/2013/02/07/healthy-date-caramel/ or the caramel sauce from this post: http://sundaymorningbananapancakes.blogspot.com/2011/11/turtle-cheesecake.html

      Let me know how it turns out!

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  26. For some reason my phone doesn't show the caramel recipe :(

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    1. Here's the link! http://www.ohladycakes.com/2012/04/how-to-make-caramel-sauce.html

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