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Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake Recipe – Small Batch for Two

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake is slathered in homemade Chocolate Frosting and salted caramel topping.

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This is seriously delicious, so moist and decadent, perfect for any occasion.

 

This small batch method makes four double layer slices or eight single layer slices if you want to feed a few more people.

 

Try it with this Chicken and Dumplings or this Crockpot Beef Stew.

 

How to make Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake:

Preheat your oven to 350° F (180 C).

 

Cut out a 9-inch round segment of parchment paper to line your 9-inch round cake pan with. Spray the sides and bottom of the pan with nonstick cooking spray, then place the parchment paper cut out in the bottom of the pans and spray again.

 

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a medium bowl combine the sugar, brown sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix on low until fully combined.

 

In a separate bowl whisk together the egg, egg yolk, sour cream, milk, oil and vanilla extract.

 

Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and beat on low until just combined.

 

Pour in the hot water and continue mixing until completely combined, about 1 minute. The batter should be quite thin.

brown cake batter in a 9 inch cake pan

 

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake in your preheated oven for 30 – 35 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

 

Cool the cake for 10 minutes in the pan then remove from the pan and transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

round brown cake cooking on a rack

 

For the chocolate frosting:

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the softened butter on medium-speed until completely smooth, about 3 minutes.

 

Turn the mixer off and add the powdered sugar and cocoa into the mixing bowl.

 

Turn the mixer on the lowest speed and mix until the sugar and cocoa are mixed in, about 2 minutes.

 

Increase mixer speed to medium and add in the vanilla extract, salt, heavy cream and salted caramel. Beat for 3 more minutes. If the frosting is too thin, add a little more confectioners’ sugar. If the frosting is too thick, add additional heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time.

 

Assembly:

Using a serrated knife, carefully trim the raised top of the cake, making a level surface. Turn the cut side down onto a large plate or cake stand.

 

Spread a thin layer of frosting on the top and sides of the cake.

 

Pour the caramel sauce over the top. Click here for Salted Caramel Topping.

a round cake with brown frosting topped with salted caramel

 

Cut the cake in half, turn 90 degrees, clean the knife and then cut in half again creating 4 equal portions.

a round cake with brown frosting and salted caramel topping cut into four wedges

 

Place one quarter portion on top of another quarter portion. Repeat with the other two quarters. You should have two pieces with two layers each.

two pieces of two layer chocolate cake with caramel topping on a plate with a pie server

 

Now cut each in half creating four pieces with 2 layers each, cleaning the knife in between cuts.

four pieces of two layer chocolate cake and caramel topping on a plate

 

Sprinkle with sea salt.

 

 

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake Recipe for Two

 

 

 

Yield: 4 servings

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake is slathered in homemade Chocolate Frosting and salted caramel topping. This is seriously delicious, so moist and decadent, perfect for any occasion. This small batch method makes four double layer slices or eight single layer slices if you want to feed a few more people.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

For the chocolate cake:

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (do not pack)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg (room temperature)
  • 1 egg yolk (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (full-fat)
  • 1/8 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup hot water

For the salted caramel chocolate frosting:

  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons salted caramel sauce

Garnish:

Instructions

For the chocolate cake:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F (180 C).
  2. Cut out a 9-inch round segment of parchment paper to line your 9-inch round cake pan with. Spray the sides and bottom of the pan with nonstick cooking spray, then place the parchment paper cut out in the bottom of the pans and spray again.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a medium bowl combine the sugar, brown sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix on low until fully combined.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg, egg yolk, sour cream, milk, oil and vanilla extract.
  5. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and beat on low until just combined.
  6. Pour in the hot water and continue mixing until completely combined, about 1 minute. The batter should be quite thin.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake in your preheated oven for 30 – 35 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Cool the cake for 10 minutes in the pan then remove from the pan and transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

For the chocolate frosting:

  1. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the softened butter on medium-speed until completely smooth, about 3 minutes.
  2. Turn the mixer off and add the powdered sugar and cocoa into the mixing bowl.
  3. Turn the mixer on the lowest speed and mix until the sugar and cocoa are mixed in, about 2 minutes.
  4. Increase mixer speed to medium and add in the vanilla extract, salt, heavy cream and salted caramel. Beat for 3 more minutes. If the frosting is too thin, add a little more confectioners’ sugar. If the frosting is too thick, add additional heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Assembly:

  1. Using a serrated knife, carefully trim the raised top of the cake, making a level surface. Turn the cut side down onto a large plate or cake stand.
  2. Spread a thin layer of frosting on the top and sides of the cake.
  3. Pour the caramel sauce over the top.
  4. Cut the cake in half, turn 90 degrees, and then cut in half again creating 4 equal portions.
  5. Place one quarter portion on top of another quarter portion. Repeat with the other two quarters. You should have two pieces with two layers each.
  6. Now cut each in half creating four pieces with 2 layers each.
  7. Sprinkle with sea salt.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 1135 Saturated Fat: 26g Cholesterol: 192mg Sodium: 843mg Carbohydrates: 158g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 97g Protein: 10g

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