The Crazy Kitchen: Triple Layer Chocolate Fudge Caramel Cake

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Sunday, 16 September 2012

Triple Layer Chocolate Fudge Caramel Cake

I've made chocolate fudge cake a fair few times now but for Hanna's birthday I wanted to try something a little different with it and decided to give it an extra caramel layer. I made the chocolate layers on Friday night  just leaving me the caramel layer and the icing of the cake to do early on Saturday morning whilst the birthday girl was at swimming.

Unfortunately, although the sponge rose beautifully in the oven, when I went to take it out it had sunk. I didn't have time to make another and carried on regardless. I found out that it's not easy to cool a cake down on a hot day, even leaving it outside didn't seem to make it much cooler so, due to time constraints it was necessary to assemble the cake whilst the middle layer was still slightly warm, which I wouldn't recommend as it did slide around somewhat!

As someone who doesn't like to be defeated by a sunken cake I decide to fill the crater with some Rolo's and extra caramel sauce, making the middle really gooey - which definitely went down well with the kids. I also have no idea why the cake sank in the first place and wondered if it had anything to do with adding the caramel sauce to the batter, but after googling a few recipes it seems to be quite usual to add the sauce with the butter/sugar/egg mixture so it's either the recipe needing an extra egg , omitting the yoghurt or me just not feeling the 'love' with the cake & the poor cake feeling it, the conclusion that I came to after reading this. Whatever the reason it was it didn't matter in the end, and unless you're entering a a competition for 'best looking cake' or The Great British Bake Off don't let a sunken cake worry you too much, as long as it's cooked all the way through.


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Triple Layer Chocolate Fudge Caramel Cake

Chocolate layers

175g butter
175g dark brown sugar
150g SR flour
25g cocoa powder
1tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3 medium eggs
100ml greek yoghurt


Caramel Layer

100g butter
100g Light Muscovado sugar
100g SR Flour
1/2 tbsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Bicarbonate of Sosa
1 Egg
50ml Greek Yoghurt
50ml Caramel Sauce taken from a can of Carnation Caramel

Filling

Remainder of the can of Carnation Caramel
6 Rolo's (if your cake develops a crater during baking)

Fudge Frosting

220g Dark Chocolate (70% Cocoa Solids)
160g Butter
5 tbsp Milk
250g Icing Sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C. Grease and line the bases of 3 8" sandwich tins with baking paper.
Chocolate Layers
  • Beat the butter & sugar until light & creamy
  • Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda and beat into the mixture
  • Divide the mixture between 2 of the tins 
Caramel Layer
  • Beat the butter & sugar until light & creamy
  • Add the eggs & the yoghurt and beat well
  • Beat in the caramel until combined
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda and beat into the mixture
  • Pour into the baking tin
  • Bake all 3 layers for 25-30 minutes. Leave to cool slightly before turning out onto a wire rack.
  • When the cakes have cooled spread half of the remaining caramel onto it and place the caramel cake on top.
  • Spread the remaining caramel onto this cake and place the second chocolate layer on top
To make the icing
  • Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over simmering water, or on short bursts in the microwave. Add the milk & stir to combine.
  • Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and pour over the melted chocolate. 
  • Beat together until smooth and formimg into soft peaks.
  • Spread the icing over the top and covering the sides. If the chocolate is too soft to gain a smooth finish refrigerate for 10 minutes before smoothing over with a flat metal spatula
  • Decorate with chosen toppings - I used 8 Cadbury's Caramels and 4 crushed Twirls.



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Just for fun I roughly calculated the total calories in this cake - I'm not sure I should share this information and it's certainly made me feel a little queasy. The whole cake has  just under 10,000 Calories!! whoops! 



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I'm linking this up to Mummy Mishaps 'I love Cake' which, for this month, is Celebration Cakes. 
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