Chocolate cake to the extreme.
With a sprinkling of sea salt.
And a layer of homemade salted caramel.
And a sprinkling of shortbread crumbles.
Have I convinced you that this is the best chocolate cake EVER?
Millionaire’s Layer Cake
2 1/4 cups (285 g) all-purpose flour
2 1/4 cups (450 g) superfine sugar
3/4 cup (90 g) dark Dutch-process cocoa powder (I use Cacao Barry Extra Brute)
2 1/4 teaspoons (10 g) baking soda
2 1/4 teaspoons (10 g) baking powder
1 teaspoon (8 g) salt
1 cup (240 mL) buttermilk
3/4 cup (180 mL) brewed coffee or espresso, hot
1/3 cup (80 ml) vegetable oil
3 eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoons (15 mL) pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 cups (400 g) sugar
1/2 cup (120 ml) water
1 cup (240 ml) heavy cream (whipping cream)
2 tablespoons (30 g) unsalted butter
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
Generous pinch of sea salt
1 cup (125 g) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (50 g) sugar
1/2 cup (115 g) unsalted butter, softened, cut into cubes
1 pound plus 6 ounces (700 g) best-quality dark chocolate
2 cups (480 ml) heavy cream (whipping cream)
1/3 cup (110 g) corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
8 tablespoons (120 g) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 tablespoon (15 ml) pure vanilla extract
Promptly remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the heavy cream (be careful, as this will bubble and steam aggressively for a moment) until smooth, followed by the butter.
Using an immersion blender (or whisk, if necessary) combine the chocolate mixture until smooth. Add butter and vanilla and mix again until smooth.
Mixture with thicken to spreadable frosting consistency, and eventually become solid at room temperature. To soften, simply warm and bring to desired consistency.
Prepare your fillings and frosting and ensure they are all at spreadable consistency. For the ganache, this will take about 15-30 minutes after making it, and about 30-60 minutes for the caramel. If you have made ahead, simply warm the ganache and let cool until spreadable, and do the same for the caramel.
Slice all three cake layers in half horizontally, so you have a total of 6 cake layers.
Smear a small dollop of the ganache frosting on a cake plate, pedestal or cake board, and place your first layer cut side up (so bottom of the cake layer is touching plate), and using a small offset palette knife, spread about 1 cup of buttercream on the layer leaving about 1-inch around the edge.
Spread one-third of the caramel and then a generous handful of shortbread crumble.
Place your next cake layer on top, and spread about 1 cup of the ganache frosting all the way to the edge.
Repeat previous step until you get to the final cake layer.
Place last layer face down (cut side down) and frost entire cake with the ganache frosting. Let sit for about 15 minutes.
Use a turntable and palette knife to create texture (as in photo)--use one hand to turn the turntable and hold the palette knife in the other hand. Keep palette knife in place and let the turntable do the moving. Use a small offset palette knife to create texture on the top of the cake and sprinkle on some Fleur de Sel.
Finished cake can be kept at room temperature for up to 8 hours. Keep refrigerated if longer than 8 hours, but serve at room temperature.
So there you have it - a KILLER chocolate cake recipe. This cake is not for the average chocolate cake fan - this one is for the really intense chocolate lover. Apparently - I fall into that second category.
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