Sunday, 4 October 2009

Chocolate Caramel Cake

Yesterday was my Mother in Law's Birthday. We all went out for a family lunch. I realised I needed to provide a birthday cake. GG (great granny) adores cake especially chocolate cake. I was flicking through Good Housekeeping when I came across this recipe. It required a tin of caramel/dulce de leche. I had accidentally opened a tin last week instead of condensed milk and it was stowed in a jar in the fridge so this was a perfect recipe to use it up and please GG all in one go. It was so quick and easy and yet such a wonderful light moist cake. I will make this again. If you like chocolate cake you will love this


  • 175g (6oz) self-raising flour
  • 2½ tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 150g (5oz) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 150ml (¼pt) corn oil
  • 150ml (¼pt) milk
  • 2tsp vanilla extract
  • 125g (5oz) dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
  • 397g can Carnation Caramel
  • 1tbsp icing sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas Mark 4.
  2. Base line 2 x18cm (7”) sandwich tins with baking parchment.
  3. Sift the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl and stir in the sugar. In a jug measure the oil and milk, then add the eggs, one teaspoon of vanilla and mix together with a fork until combined. Beat two tablespoons of the caramel until smooth and whisk into the egg and oil mixture. Combine the wet with the dry ingredients and mix well. The cake mix will be quite wet. Pour the mixture into the tins and bake in the centre of the oven for 20-25 minutes until springy to the touch.
  4. Cool the cakes in their tins and then turn out onto a wire rack. Remove the baking paper and cool completely.
  5. Melt the chocolate in short bursts in the microwave, stirring until smooth. Add the remaining caramel and vanilla to the chocolate and beat well until smooth and glossy. Sift in the icing sugar and combine thoroughly.
  6. Place one half of the cake onto a plate, spread with a generous amount of the frosting and top with the other sandwich half. Spread the remaining frosting over the top of the cake and down the sides to cover completely. Leave to set and cut into slices.

PS. The Birthday girl was well pleased with her cake.


Gloria said...

Brenda, what`s really lovely Chocolate Cake you made to your Mom in law, I love the pictures she looks happy!! She is so cute! je!
I love Good housekeeping Recipes, and this look awesome! huggs! gloria

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Happy belated Birthday to your mother in law! That cake must have taste wonderful! What a great combo!



C said...

Looks delicious - I love the idea of using the caramel in the cake! It's always nice to make a cake that's appreciated isn't it!

Sophie said...

Happy Belated Birthday to your mother in law!!


The cake looks stunning!!!! Waw!!! I would like to savour a large piece, please,...???

JillyB said...

Brenda, that looks really lovely. I'll be giving this one a go once we've scoffed the birthday cake!

Clabby said...

This sounds like one my MIL would enjoy too. I'll have to bookmark it for her birthday.

Maria♥ said...

Wow that sounds and looks delish. I'm not surprised GG has that smile on her face in the pic ;o)


Mary said...

Brenda this cake is fantastic !

George@CulinaryTravels said...

GG looks well pleased with her cake, and sure why wouldn't she. That cake is gorgeous.

Lucie said...

Brenda this looks delicious, and what an adorable GG, she is a very elegant lady. Hope you had a lovely family time. Love Lucie x

Grannymar said...

Your MIL is a very fortunate lady to have a lovely Chocolate Cake made for her Birthday. I hope that she and all he family had a wonderful celebration.

Nickki said...

What a gorgeous looking cake Granny! Chocolate and caramel sound like the perfect combination to me. You mother in law is so lovely! Happy belated birthday wishes to her xx

Anonymous said...

So delicious and moist....I made this cake after I saw yours and it was wonderful. Even a few days after making it, it was still as soft and moist as the day I made it :-)

Thanks for sharing, luv Hevz xx

MrsKT said...

I have just found your blog, it is fantastic! I am going to try this cake as soon as I get some caramel, it sounds like a wonderful combination :)