Saturday, 2 May 2015

Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream, Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Ganache

A chocolate cake for serious cake lovers...a dark, moist fudge cake with sweet and salty salted caramel buttercream, salted caramel sauce and oozing dark chocolate ganache...
Cassie Cakes Chocolate Fudge Cake
Sweet gods of sugar!


Sometimes, it's best to go the healthy option. It's better to get the salad than the burger. It's better to get the fruit salad than the full, big brekky. Hold the butter, get the skim milk, no chips and no dessert. And then, sometimes it's best to seriously indulge. And this cake is for those times.


Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream, Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Ganache
All this can make magic. Cake magic. The best magic. Except like, Aladdin's Genie's magic. He could make a million cakes!


This is my Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream, Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Ganache. Oh my diabetes.



Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream, Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Ganache
If I were magic, I would cast a spell that would take all the calories out of cakes. And then I would eat cake all day long. Probably not the best use of my powers but hey. This is my scenario!


I had been thinking about cake for a week. My favourite chocolate cake is one that was synonymous with birthdays in our house growing up. I love chocolate cake, which should not come as a surprise and all cake is good cake but the Chocolate Fudge Cake is my most ultimate favourite. And it's the only cake that will do when the craving for chocolate cake comes. Which is often.




Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream, Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Ganache
The contrast between Dutch processed and natural cocoa.


I wanted this cake to be dark and moody and a little bit messy. In order for the cake to really achieve the darker colour, I used Dutch processed cocoa. Dutch processed cocoa is a lot darker, as you can see from the photo above and also tastes different. I assure you, natural cocoa works in this cake perfectly well but for a more adult cake, use Dutch processed. A good explanation of the differences can be found here. 


Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream, Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Ganache
Caramel and chocolate, live together in perfect harmony, side by side on my kitchen bench.

To top this lusciously dark cake, what goes better with chocolate than more chocolate. A rich, dark chocolate ganache. Drizzled on top, and encouraged to spill down the sides in the most glorious of ways.


Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream, Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Ganache
The layers of cake, ready to be dressed in buttercream!

But things can't be all chocolate all the time. Well, they can and that would be wonderful however today, caramel is getting a look in. Salted caramel. In both the buttercream and in liquid form. Salted caramel seems to be having more than it's 15 minutes of fame and for good reason. I doubt there'll be anything to come takes it's crown for quite a while.

Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream, Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Ganache
Buttercream is the best icing. I'll be over here with copious amounts of butter and sugar.


The salted caramel butter cream is made by making the salted caramel and allowing it to cool. In the meantime, make some light and fluffy buttercream then add a generous amount of the salted caramel to the butter cream. The result is a salty sweet heaven.

And this is how the layers of Chocolate fudge cake, salted caramel buttercream and the two sauces go together.


Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream, Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Ganache

Using a round open tip, pipe a border of fat kisses around the edge...
Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream, Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Ganache

Then fill in the interior with a layer of butter cream and a generous amount of salted caramel sauce. Allow delicious rivulets to ooze from between the kisses.
Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream, Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Ganache

Repeat with the buttercream and this time use the dark ganache. 
Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream, Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Ganache

Repeat again with the caramel... 




Then top with the final layer of cake and let the ganache flow!

This cake is huge too. Don't go making it without some friends to share it with. That being said, Mr. Cakes did manage to eat two-thirds of it in 4 days. What a legend.

Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream, Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Ganache
The view from the top.

This cake hit my sweet spot and then some. If you like chocolate and caramel and cake, then this is the cake for you. If you don't, seriously, we can't be friends. Unless you like ice-cream, and then we'll be friends. But I still will question your commitment to food.



Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream, Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Ganache
Like my dark and moody photography? On trend.
There is nothing better than a homemade cake. And the messier and more gooey this cake looks, the better!




Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream, Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Ganache
Ready for a cake party!


Can I just point out the sifter there? I bought it at an antique shop and it's so old and charming! I elbowed it into the photos, even though I didn't use it. It deserves a moment.



Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream, Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Ganache
See how dark that Dutch processed cocoa makes the cake? Wonderful!


Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream, Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Ganache
Open up for the aeroplane!

Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream, Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Ganache

Mmmmmmmmmm cake.

Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream, Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Ganache

Prep time: 30 mins

Cooking time: 55 mins
Total time:  1 hour 25 mins
Servings: 12 slices
Chocolate Fudge Cake
200g butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 eggs
1 cup Dutch processed cocoa
1 cup hot water
1 1/2 cups milk
3 teaspoons vinegar
1 1/2 cups plain cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons bicarbonate soda
Salted Caramel
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup brown sugar
180g butter
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt flakes
Dark Chocolate Ganache
300g dark chocolate
350ml heavy cream

Salted Caramel Buttercream
375g butter, room temperature
3 cups sifted icing sugar
1 1/2 cups salted caramel

Chocolate Fudge Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. Grease, flour and line, with baking paper, two 20cm/8 inch cake pans
  3. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, beating after each addition until incorporated.
  5. Add cocoa to a separate bowl and add hot water, a little at a time until it forms a thick paste.
  6. Add gradually to butter mixture.
  7. Add vinegar to milk to sour.
  8. Sift together flour, baking powder and bicarbonate in a separate bowl.
  9. Add the flour to the butter mixture in three lots, alternately with milk, starting and ending with the flour.
  10. Fold the batter til fully incorporated.
  11. Pour 1/4 of the batter into each of the tins and bake for 23 mins.
  12. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes in the tins, then turn out to cool on a cooling rack.
  13. Bake the remaining batter in the re-prepared tins.
Salted Caramel
  1. Add sugars to a heavy bottomed sauce pan, stirring occasionally, until the sugars melt and becomes smooth.
  2. Add the butter and whisk until the butter is melted and stirred through.
  3. Remove from the heat and slowly pour in the heavy cream.
  4. Return to the heat and allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in salt.
  6. Allow to cool down before using.
Dark Chocolate Ganache
  1. Melt the chocolate in a large microwave proof bowl in the microwave in 30 second intervals.
  2. Once melted, add cream and stir to combine until smooth.
  3. Allow to cool slightly. Ganache should be pourable but not hot
 Salted Caramel Buttercream
  1. Beat the butter until light, fluffy and butter has become paler in colour.
  2. Sift in the icing sugar and beat well.
  3. Add in 1 and 1/2 cups of the previously made salted caramel and beat well.
  4. Refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes, until buttercream is slightly firmer and pipeable. 
 Assembly
  1. Place one layer of the chocolate fudge cake onto a piece of baking paper or cake plate.
  2. Fill a large piping bag fitted with a large open tip with salted buttercream and pipe a border of large 'kisses' around the outside of the cake.
  3. Using an offset spatula, fill in the interior created with buttercream then spoon on a generous amount of the salted caramel sauce.
  4. Repeat with all the layers of cake, alternating the salted caramel sauce and dark chocolate ganache.
  5. Top with more piped kisses and pour over ganache, using a ganche to encourage it to drip over the sides.
  6. Serve and enjoy!







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