Chocolate & caramel layer cake

Chocolate & caramel ombre cake

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(95 ratings)

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 eggs
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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 eggs
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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
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    • 140g milk chocolate
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    • 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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    foodiept
    16th Sep, 2012
    4.05
    Wowed! I made this for a 49th birthday, looked amazing and taste amazing! Anyone bothered about the calories needs to calm down as it will definitely feed more than 12 ppl! Infact I think I got about 23 slices out of it and even those were pretty big! I will defy try it again! Really great recipe, I did find it quite heavy though so next time I would adapt one of my own sponge recipes with the ingredients used in this for the flavours
    angharad79
    9th Sep, 2012
    5.05
    Easy to make, easy to assemble and tasted delicious. It does make a lot of cake and I had to do a cake run to friends and family with the leftovers. I had a lot of positive comments about how tasty and moist it was so this recipe is definately saved for future use.
    madamecake
    4th Sep, 2012
    5.05
    This looks very impressive when cut into, but the caramel flavour in the sponges was lacking. I would be tempted to make a caramel buttercream to sandwich the layers if I made again, instead of just caramel sauce, but I do have a sweet tooth!
    hayesh999
    4th Sep, 2012
    My two choc layers didn't rise as well as the other two, layer 2 fell to bits when I assembled the cak and the layers were sliding everywhere from the caramel so it looked liked the leaning tower of pisa. Gutted :'(
    suelassman
    17th Aug, 2012
    I am no math whiz. please tell me appropriate U S conversions for this recipe. I am having a tough time finding correct conversions to measuring equivalents I am used to. Can you give me this recipe in cups,ounces etc? I would like to try this recipe. It would be greatly appreciated
    rachel4500
    16th Aug, 2012
    5.05
    Love love love this recipe!! It is simple to make and always turns out great! I've made it for several birthdays and everyone always loves it. I didn't make any adaptations to the recipe and it was very easy to follow. Would definitely recommend this recipe!
    cutie1982
    5th Aug, 2012
    Loved making this and so straight forward too, the moistness was amazing!!!
    cakeanyone
    28th Jul, 2012
    5.05
    This is a seriously good cake! Extremely moist. Made a couple of small changes: only used 3/4 of the caramel, and for the ganache I used a 284ml pot of cream, 200g milk chocolate and 80g dark chocolate, which was perfect and I'll use this ganache for other recipes.
    jennifer_train
    27th Jul, 2012
    5.05
    Made this as a 60th Birthday cake for my mother-in-law. Made a slight change to the ganache using less dark chocolate and more milk chocolate to make it more child friendly. Awesome cake, everyone loved it, even people at other tables in the restaurant were commenting on its! Definitely a special occasion cake though as not the healthiest option - you're only 60 once though so was definitely worth it!
    nkkingston
    6th Jul, 2012
    5.05
    I wish I could give this six stars. Worked perfectly, looked incredible, tasted amazing, stayed moist for a week. Definitely one to share.

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