Sunday, February 21, 2010

Caramel Cake with Caramel Frosting & Chocolate Glaze

Wow, seems like forever since I've posted anything I've made... and I only helped make this cake!  My student Teresa did most of the work.  We made this back in November, but I did another caramel cake last week, so I wanted to compare the two.  This cake is moister I think, but the frosting on the other (coming soon) is amazing.  This cake also is better the day after it's made, which is really convenient.

Big week this week.  My kitchen is being officially inspected on Wednesday.  I have to have (minor) surgery Thursday.

Caramel Cake with Caramel Frosting & Chocolate Glaze
Makes a 2-4 layer 9" round cake.

Caramel Syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup boiling water

Heat the sugar in a cast iron skillet or another heavy bottomed pan with high sides. Heat over a medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar melts into a clear brown caramel syrup. Gradually add the boiling water, pouring it down the sides of the pan so that if the syrup foams and bubbles up, you should be protected.

Continue cooking, stirring often, until the water combines with the syrup and becomes a deep brown. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Store the cooled syrup in a sealed jar if not using immediately.

Caramel Cake (AKA Burnt Sugar Cake by Nancie McDermott)

3 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1¾ cups sugar
4 eggs
½ cup Caramel Syrup
Preheat the oven to 350F.  Spray two 9 inch round cake pans with baking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt and stir with a fork to mix well. Stir the vanilla into the milk.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and the sugar with an electric mixer at high speed for 2 – 3 minutes, until soft and fluffy.  Add the eggs, one by one, beating well each time. Pour in half a cup of the caramel syrup and beat well. Add a third of the flour mixture and about half of the milk, beating at a low speed, until just incorporated. Mix in another third of the flour and the rest of the milk. Finally, add the remaining flour.

Divide the batter between the cake pans and bake  for 20 to 25 minutes until the cakes are golden brown, spring back when touched gently in the center and begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Let the cakes cool in the pans on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Turn out the cakes into the wire rack to cool completely.

Caramel Frosting

3¾ cups confectioners sugar
½ cup Caramel Syrup
¼ cup (½ stick) butter
½ tsp vanilla extract
3 – 4 tablespoons milk 

In a large bowl, combine the confectioners sugar, the caramel syrup, butter, and vanilla. Beat with a mixer at medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl now and then to bring the ingredients together. Add 2 tablespoons of the milk and continue beating until the frosting is thick, soft, smooth and easy to spread. Add a little more sugar if it is thin, and a little more milk if it is too thick.

Chocolate Glaze (From Payard)

4 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 tablespoon light corn syrup (for shine)
1/2 cup heavy cream

Bring the heavy cream to a boil.  Remove from heat and add the chocolate and light corn syrup.  Whisk until smooth.  Strain, if necessary, and use immediately.


Be sure the cake layer are completely cool.  Cut each cake layer in half, horizontally.  Place one layer of cake on your plate, and top with 1/4 of the frosting.  This is a thin layer - the frosting is very sweet, so you don't want too much.  Repeat with the remaining layers and frosting.  Chill for an hour.  Make the glaze while the cake is chilling.  Pour the chocolate glaze over the top of the cake, and let drip down the sides.  It's not the neatest presentation, but it's yummy.  For a prettier presentation, cut slices of the cake before it's glazed, and serve each slice in a pool of chocolate glaze.

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  1. Wow. What a sublime cake! Loving the whole decadence of this beauty - definitely wishing I was not on a temporary chocolate-ban...!

  2. Hi Allie, my chocolate glaze came out all clumpy. and then the oils from the chocolate started separating. Did I do something wrong with the glaze? I ended up serving the cake without the chocolate. :( Any insight helps. Thanks!

  3. Hi Oi. Oh no! Did the cream come to a boil before you added the chocolate and corn syrup? It has to be hot. You also need to whisk for quite a while to keep it smooth. It helps if the chocolate pieces are relatively small (chip size), though I've done it with bigger pieces. Another method is to put the corn syrup with the chocolate in a bowl, pour the boiling cream over that, let it stand a minute, then whisk til smooth, but there's more of a chance that the chocolate would seize with that method.

    I'm sorry it didn't work for you, I hope the cake tasted good! And do try the glaze again sometime.

  4. I thought it came to a boil. But I could have left it in longer. The chocolate did mix in smooth, but it didn't stay that way. I tried to put it back on the boil and added some more cream, but I think it was too late for the glaze. lol. I will definitely try it again. It was delicious and I had plenty of compliments. Quite a filling cake though!
    If you are curious, check out my blog where I posted about it.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  5. This cake is simply awesome! I can live on this cake for many years. Thanks for sharing to us this very good recipe. I would surely give this one a try. I would definitely go well with a cup of hot coffee made from my new coffee machine Great Post!