Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This is one of the most decadent cakes I have ever eaten! The chocolate flavor is wonderful on its own, but when you add the caramel and condensed milk filling it takes it up not just one level, but several!
1NOTE: Melt chocolate in double boiler over simmering (not boiling) water. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 by 13 cake pan; set aside.
2Sift together the cake flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
3Beat the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl; blend in the eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
4Stir in the vanilla and melted chocolate; alternately add the dry ingredients and the sour cream to the butter mixture - beat well after each addition.
5Stir in boiling water. Batter will be thin.
6Divide cake batter in half; pour one half into the prepared cake pan and bake 10 - 12 minutes, or until firm to the touch, and remove from the oven.
7Meanwhile, prepare the filling: Mix butter, caramels, and condensed milk in a sauce pan and melt over low heat, stirring often.
8Remove from the stove and pour the mixture over the baked half of the cake; pour the remaining cake batter over the caramel mixture and return to the oven. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until firm to the touch.
9When cool, serve with ice cream, whipped cream or frost with your favorite chocolate frosting.