Chocolate & caramel layer cake

Chocolate & caramel ombre cake

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Prep: 1 hr Cook: 55 mins Plus cooling

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Cuts into 12 slices
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Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze before filling and icing

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal1036
  • fat67g
  • saturates35g
  • carbs99g
  • sugars75g
  • fibre3g
  • protein15g
  • salt1.25g
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Ingredients

    For vanilla & chocolate sponges

    • 225g very soft butter, plus extra for greasing
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    • 225g golden caster sugar
    • 175g self-raising flour
    • 85g ground almond
    • 1 tsp baking powder
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    • 3 egg
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    • 150ml pot natural yogurt
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 5 tbsp cocoa powder

    For caramel & caramel-choc sponges

    • 225g very soft butter, plus extra for greasing
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    • 175g light muscovado sugar
    • 50g dark muscovado sugar
    • 175g self-raising flour
    • 85g ground almonds
    • 1 tsp baking powder
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    • 3 egg
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    • 150ml pot natural yogurt
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tbsp cocoa

    To assemble

    • 397g can caramel (stocked near the condensed milk in stores)
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    • 140g dark chocolate
    • 140g milk chocolate
    • 300ml double cream

    Method

    1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line bases of 2 x 20cm sandwich tins with baking parchment. For the Vanilla & chocolate sponges, mix all the ingredients, apart from the cocoa, together with an electric whisk. Scrape half the mix into a second bowl and whizz in the cocoa. Scrape into the tins and bake for 20-25 mins until a skewer poked in comes out clean.

    2. Repeat step 1 for the Caramel & caramel-choc sponges, again leaving cocoa out of the first mixing, then splitting the mix in half and whizzing the cocoa into one batch. Cook as above.

    3. While sponges are cooling, melt the dark and milk chocolate together in a bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Remove from the heat, stir in the cream and cool or chill until spreadable.

    4. When the sponges are cool, spread a third of the caramel over the Vanilla sponge and top with the Caramel sponge. Spread over another third of the caramel and top with the Caramel-choc sponge, then the final third of caramel and top with the Chocolate sponge (don’t panic if you mix up the layers, the cake will still look great when you cut in). Spread the chocolate icing over the whole cake to serve. It will keep in a cool place in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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    elaineml0044
    1st Apr, 2013
    I've made this a couple of times for celebrations and every time its turned out great. Fairly easy but very impressive, its always well received.
    cambridgeginger
    21st Mar, 2013
    5.05
    Made this for my mum's Bible study group, they absolutely loved it! You know it's good when a bunch of ladies (mostly on diets) can't get enough ;) Was very easy to make, and the results were spectacular! It was quite sweet, and had to be careful as the sponges were a little sticky (they didn't want to come off my wire rack), so be careful when moving them around.
    scaryjon
    14th Mar, 2013
    1.05
    Worst cake I have ever tried to make. I made eight sponges in total, the first two took nearly 40 mins to cook, the next two burnt. So the next 4 turned out great, but then the cake fell over when the caramel was put on it. Managed to save three of the sponges only for it to taste like sweetened sick. Dont worry about the calories, you'll burn them off in sheer anger trying to make it. "Moderatley Easy"- riiiiiiight
    snavenasus
    13th Mar, 2013
    5.05
    Fabulous and so easy. I followed the recipe to a T and the only thing as others have mentioned was the chocolate ganache was a little stiff when cooled but 10 secs in the microwave and the problem was solved. So many calories though so I sent it with husband to work.
    asha3010
    18th Feb, 2013
    3.05
    Unfortunately this recipe did not work for me. The vanilla sponge was a bit dense - not sure if it was because of the almond flour that I prepared. Also, the chocolate sponge did not taste as 'chocolaty' as I had hoped. Because I was not satisfied with these sponges, I did not proceed with the rest of the recipe.
    kizzey
    27th Jan, 2013
    Right just got to ice it now, "don't think i'll be able to eat this one in one sitting"
    lynnettemargaret
    26th Jan, 2013
    5.05
    I was looking for a special cake for a very good friend's birthday. I've not done much baking before, but this said it was moderately easy. It really was!! My cake was a little wonky but looked amazing covered in the ganache. I couldn't wait for my friend to cut into it to see if the layers looked as good as the photo on here. I wasn't disappointed. It looked amazing. For a first time cake baker I was over the moon. I got lots of complements and orders!!! There are a lot of calories in this cake but it's not something you eat everyday. Also we were a party of 15, we all had a slice and there was a quater of the cake left. You don't need a massive slice, a little goes a long way. Looking for my next challenge now!
    kerri-anneh
    20th Jan, 2013
    5.05
    OMG, this cake is to die for! It's so moist and tasty and looks fantastic. I'm going to make it again next weekend for my Nephew's 15th birthday, he'll love it :o)
    anne-rachael
    12th Jan, 2013
    4.05
    Rach - try ground rice instead of ground almonds - I use it when I can't afford almonds, plus a little almond essence/flavouring if necessary. Ground rice has the same consistency and I've not made this recipe with it, but plenty of others and it always works. Apart from that, I've had some trouble with the length of time in the oven, but that might well be my oven ... otherwise, gorgeous!
    red_rach
    10th Nov, 2012
    Does anyone have suggestions of what to use instead of ground almonds as I can't eat nuts? Thanks

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