Luscious salted caramel frosting elevates this cake to YUM!

From Alexandra:"I was assigned to make a cake for the school Halloween Carnival, so I knew it had to be amazing. Not just amazing but jaw-dropingly-gorgeous and I-can't-stop-eating-this delicious. This definitely hit the mark. And it has me thinking, it could just be the perfect end to any celebration – and it's absolutely replacing pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving!"

 

You will need:

 

Chocolate Cake

1 cup butter

2 cup sugar

4 whole eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3 cups flour

2 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

2 cup milk

 

Salted Caramel Frosting

2/3 cup sugar

¼ cup heavy cream

4 egg whites

1 cup sugar

1 ½ cups salted butter

  1. For the cake, Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom of four 8 inch cake pans. Line each pan with a round of parchment paper and butter the parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Add cocoa powder and whip until creamy.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Add half of the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Add the milk. Once mixed, add remaining dry ingredients.
  4. Equally divide batter among four prepared pans and bake 20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. For the frosting, In a heavy bottomed saucepan, heat sugar over medium heat. When edges begin to turn brown, stir gently {only once or twice} with a wooden spoon. Let the sugar continue to heat until all of it has turned into an amber syrup. Remove from heat and quickly whisk in one tablespoon of cream. The mixture will sputter and steam. Be careful. Continue whisking cream in a slow steady stream until completely incorporated. Pour into a heatproof dish and let cool to room temperature.
  6. In the bottom of the heat proof bowl from a stand mixer, heat egg whites and remaining sugar to 160 degrees on a candy thermometer whisking often. When the mixture reaches 160 degrees, attach the bowl to the stand mixer and whisk on medium high speed until the egg whites form a stiff peak. Switch out to the paddle attachment and add the butter, one tablespoon at a time, until incorporated. When all butter is incorporated, beat on high for 3-5 minutes. Stir in room temperature caramel and beat on low until fully combined.
  7. Frost cooled cake immediately.

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Photography by Alexandra Hedin

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