Salted Caramel Chocolate Layer Cake

March 23, 2016

A chocolate layer cake with salted caramel filling and 
topped with a delicious chocolate frosting.


I mentioned it previously that a few months ago, my mom had, what she called "an episode". It happened this past October when she was visiting my sister. My mom felt dizzy, was non-stop sweating, and eventually passed out.  It was a pretty scary moment for my mom and my sister. Not only did this happen, but, happened at a nail salon of all places. They decided to go out for the day and get their nails done before my mom headed back home.


 

This "episode" turned out to be a previously undetected heart arrhythmia. It was a good thing it happened or it may of never been discovered or discovered too late. 

Fast forward, she is doing great.  She has wonderful doctors, has some new meds and getting back to herself.  She has also been living with my sister and her family since this happened. 
Now, of course, I never wanted something like this to happen to my own mother, but, it has been nice having her living at my sisters'. You see, my sister is just 30 minutes from me.  My mom's house is nearly 2 hours from us.  Big difference!
The kids and I have been making trips to see her, taking her shopping and out to lunch.  It's been so nice to spend time with her. 

She likes to see us too.  It gives her some company while my sister is at work and well..I bring her sweets.  Like, some of this cake:


I didn't bring her the whole cake, because, we were kinda piggy here at my house and ate nearly the entire thing. Don't worry, she still got plenty to enjoy.

So, let's talk about this cake for a minute.  It's chocolate, has a salted caramel filling,topped with a to-die-for-chocolate frosting, then, you sprinkle the frosting with sea salt. Which, in my opinion, is the greatest thing ever. Chocolate and salt?! Great stuff there, my friends.  This cake is my new best friend. Don't tell my husband. 

Anyway, my mom totally dove into too. It may of officially made me her very favorite child. Don't tell my siblings. She has moved back to her home for the time being, but, will be back at my sisters in a few weeks. Not sure what we will bake up for her next, but, it's going to have to be good to top this one.

Make this one quickly and be sure to share with someone you love (or even just like)!



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Salted Caramel Chocolate Layer Cake

by Table for Seven
Prep Time: 00:30-40 (includes cooling)
Cook Time: 00:30
Ingredients (Serves: 8-10)
    FOR CAKE
    • 1 3/4 cup flour
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1/2 cup canola oil
    • 1 cup hot water
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    FOR CARAMEL SAUCE
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 3 TBSP water
    • 1 TBSP light corn syrup
    • 1/3 cup whipping cream
    • 2 TBSP butter
    • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
    FOR FROSTING
    • 12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
    • 1 cup whipping cream
    Instructions
    FOR CAKE
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2- 9 inch round cake pans.
    In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and cocoa powder. Set aside.
    In a mixing bowl, beat together sugar, milk, hot water, and oil. Add in eggs and vanilla. Gradually, add in flour mixture and beat until smooth.
    Divide batter and pour even amounts into cake pans. Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
    FOR CARAMEL SAUCE
    In a saucepan over low heat, add sugar, corn syrup and water. Heat until sugar dissolves.
    Turn up the heat to medium and cook mixture until color is a dark amber. Do not stir! Remove from heat and stir in cream, butter and salt. Place in fridge and let it cool completely.
    Once caramel is cooled, spread on top of one of your cooled cakes. Place second cake on top.
    FOR FROSTING
    Pour chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, add whipping cream and let it come to a boil. Remove from heat and pour over chocolate chips. Stir until mixture is smooth and completely melted. Let frosting cool, then, frost cake and if desire, sprinkle with coarse salt.

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