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Chocolate Caramel Layer Cake

  • yield: Makes 1 dozen squares

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Ingredients

  • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for sheet
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee or espresso powder
  • 1 1/4 cups boiling water
  • 2 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • Caramel Buttercream
  • Caramelized Cobwebs and Licorice Spiders

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 12-by-17-inch rimmed baking sheet, and line with parchment paper. Butter lining. Dust bottom and sides with flour; tap out excess.

  2. Step 2

    Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. Whisk together chocolate, coffee, and boiling water in a separate bowl; set aside.

  3. Step 3

    Put butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; beat on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Add sour cream; beat until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl. Reduce speed to low; beat in flour mixture.

  4. Step 4

    Whisk chocolate mixture again; add to batter. Beat until smooth.

  5. Step 5

    Pour batter into prepared sheet. Bake until a cake tester inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely in sheet on a wire rack.

  6. Step 6

    Invert cake onto a rimless baking sheet; peel off parchment. Halve widthwise. Spread half of buttercream on top of one layer. Top frosted layer with second cake layer; coat cake with remaining frosting. Refrigerate 1 hour. Cut into 12 squares; garnish each serving with a caramelized cobweb.

Source
Halloween 2004, October Holiday 2004

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Reviews (10)

  • 31 Jul, 2013

    I agree about the round pans but if you make it in 6 inch square it is easier!

  • 9 Oct, 2012

    This cake was good, but it was really hard to handle in this shape. I would make it in round cake pans next time. The frosting was a lot of work and was probably not worth it. You can see my results here: http://puttingitallonthetable.com/?p=8164

  • 9 Oct, 2012

    This cake was good, but it was really hard to handle in this shape. I would make it in round cake pans next time. The frosting was a lot of work and was probably not worth it. You can see my results here: http://puttingitallonthetable.com/?p=8164

  • 9 Oct, 2012

    This cake was good, but it was really hard to handle in this shape. I would make it in round cake pans next time. The frosting was a lot of work and was probably not worth it. You can see my results here: http://puttingitallonthetable.com/?p=8164

  • 9 Oct, 2012

    This cake was good, but it was really hard to handle in this shape. I would make it in round cake pans next time. The frosting was a lot of work and was probably not worth it. You can see my results here: http://puttingitallonthetable.com/?p=8164

  • 9 Oct, 2012

    This cake was good, but it was really hard to handle in this shape. I would make it in round cake pans next time. The frosting was a lot of work and was probably not worth it. You can see my results here: http://puttingitallonthetable.com/?p=8164

  • 9 Oct, 2012

    This cake was good, but it was really hard to handle in this shape. I would make it in round cake pans next time. The frosting was a lot of work and was probably not worth it. You can see my results here: http://puttingitallonthetable.com/?p=8164

  • 9 Oct, 2012

    This cake was good, but it was really hard to handle in this shape. I would make it in round cake pans next time. The frosting was a lot of work and was probably not worth it. You can see my results here: http://puttingitallonthetable.com/?p=8164

  • 9 Oct, 2012

    This cake was good, but it was really hard to handle in this shape. I would make it in round cake pans next time. The frosting was a lot of work and was probably not worth it. You can see my results here: http://puttingitallonthetable.com/?p=8164

  • 9 Oct, 2012

    This cake was good, but it was really hard to handle in this shape. I would make it in round cake pans next time. The frosting was a lot of work and was probably not worth it. You can see my results here: http://puttingitallonthetable.com/?p=8164