This rich chocolate caramel cake is a showstopper, perfect for any summer tea party. Its juicy and decadent layers are infused with heavenly chocolate flavors, while the luscious caramel filling adds a delicious sweetness. Covered in a smooth and velvety chocolate glaze, this cake is a sight to behold. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply treating yourself, this delicious dessert is sure to leave a lasting impression. The combination of chocolate and caramel creates a harmonious flavor profile that will leave your guests wanting more. Let yourself be surprised by the sensational experience of this cake!
- 300g butter, plus some butter for greasing
- 300 g light muscovado sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- 85g cocoa powder
- 225g flour
- 225 ml sour cream
- 300 ml pot of double cream
- 5 tablespoons dulce de leche or caramel sauce
- 25g caramel flavored chocolate, finely chopped (we used Lindt)
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
- Lightly grease 2 x 23cm loose-bottomed cake tins and line with a circle of baking paper.
- Mix butter and sugar until a light, creamy mixture forms.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition.
- Add baking powder, cocoa and a third of the flour.
- Mix well and then stir in half of the sour cream.
- Add flour and sour cream alternately and mix everything well.
- Pour the dough into the prepared molds and smooth it out with a spoon.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until cakes are firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Allow to cool in the tins for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
- When ready to serve, whip the cream with 2 tablespoons dulce de leche until soft peaks form.
- Place 1 cake on a serving plate and spread with half the cream.
- Drizzle the remaining dulce de leche over it.
- Top with the other cake.
- Spread the remaining cream on top.
- Sprinkle with the chocolate.
- Refrigerate until serving.
Equipment and tools
To make this chocolate caramel cake you will need the following equipment and tools:
- mixing bowls
- Electric mixer or whisk
- Round cake tins
- baking paper
- Cake stand or serving plate
- Spatula or spatula
This chocolate caramel cake contains the following allergens:
- Dairy products (butter, sour cream, double cream)
Please be sure to check the specific ingredients you use as brands and products may vary in terms of their allergens.
Storage and leftovers
After baking and serving, you may have leftovers of this delicious chocolate caramel cake. Here are some storage tips:
- Cover the cake with foil or place it in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out.
- Store the cake in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight and heat.
- The cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.
To extend its shelf life, you can store the cake in the refrigerator. Here’s how:
- Wrap the cake tightly with plastic wrap.
- Place the wrapped cake in the refrigerator.
- The cake can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Before serving the chilled cake, let it come to room temperature for about 30 minutes.
Health Benefits of Chocolate Caramel Cake
Enjoying a delicious piece of chocolate caramel cake can actually provide some surprising health benefits. Although the cake is not a traditional “health food,” it does contain certain ingredients that can contribute to your well-being in different ways. Let’s explore some of the potential health benefits of this irresistible dessert:
1. Boosts mood
Chocolate, one of the main ingredients in this cake, is known to elevate mood and induce feelings of happiness. It contains certain compounds that may increase the production of endorphins, the brain’s natural “feel-good” chemicals. So treat yourself to a piece of chocolate caramel cake to boost your mood!
2. Provides essential nutrients
This recipe contains butter, eggs and flour, all important sources of nutrients. Butter is a good source of vitamins A, D, E and K as well as beneficial fatty acids. Eggs are rich in high-quality proteins and vitamins such as B12 and D. Flour contributes to the structure of the cake and contains nutrients such as fiber, magnesium and iron.
3. Antioxidant-rich cocoa powder
Cocoa powder, used generously in this cake, contains high levels of antioxidants called flavonoids. These compounds protect your body from oxidative stress and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and certain cancers. So enjoying a piece of chocolate caramel cake can be a small step towards better overall health!
4. Source of calcium and protein
Sour cream and double cream used in this recipe provide important nutrients like calcium and protein. Calcium is crucial for maintaining strong bones and teeth, while protein is essential for various body functions, including muscle repair and growth.
5. Sweetness of Dulce de Leche
The addition of dulce de leche or caramel sauce gives the cake a delicious sweetness. Although it should be consumed in moderation due to its high sugar content, the caramel flavor can satisfy your sweet tooth without adding excessive amounts of sugar, preservatives, or artificial ingredients.
6. A hint of chocolate with a caramel flavor
The recipe recommends using caramel-flavored chocolate for a subtle touch of added sweetness. As you enjoy the taste, keep in mind that chocolate contains antioxidants and can have potential cardiovascular health benefits when consumed in moderation.
So next time you’re craving a decadent treat, consider a slice of chocolate caramel cake. Remember to enjoy it in moderation. With its potential mood-boosting effects, nutrients and antioxidants, this delicious dessert can be a small part of a balanced lifestyle.