CHOCOLATE SPICE CAKE WITH CARAMEL FROSTING

Ellen Bales

By
@Starwriter

This is a perfect cake for fall weather. The caramel frosting is a bit tricky--you have to work quickly before it hardens. But the results are fantastic!
Recipe & photo: tasteofhome.com


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Serves:

12

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

30 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

3 oz
unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 c
butter, softened
1 c
sugar
1 c
packed brown sugar
3
eggs
2 c
cake flour
3 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp
salt
1/2 tsp
ground allspice
1/8 tsp
ground cloves
1 1/3 c
milk

FROSTING:

1 c
plus 2 tbsp. packed brown sugar
3/4 c
heavy whipping cream
6 Tbsp
butter, cubed
1 1/2 c
confectioners' sugar
1/4 tsp
vanilla extract
caramel popcorn with peanuts, optional

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Line the bottoms of two well-greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper. In a microwave, melt chocolate; stir until smooth. Cool slightly.
2
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in chocolate. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, allspice and cloves; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
3
Transfer batter to prepared pans. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
4
In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, cream and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cook and stir 3 minutes. Remove from heat; gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and vanilla.
5
Place one cake layer on a serving plate; immediately pour half of the hot frosting over the cake. Top with remaining cake layer. Pour remaining frosting over top of cake. If desired, top with caramel popcorn.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy