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Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake for a Birthday

Salted Caramel Cake

Celebratory Layer Cakes | 11th October 2014 | By

A rich dark chocolate cake filled and covered with a whipped creamy salty chocolate icing then topped with salted caramel. This salted caramel chocolate cake is just what you need to celebrate a birthday or any other special occasion.

I had a birthday cake to make for a friend. And as I was given free rein to make what I thought fit, I was in the mood to create a salted caramel cake. A once unfamiliar concept on British shores, it seems to have taken the nation by storm and is now everyone’s favourite flavour. It’s certainly one of mine.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake

I’ve made a few salted caramel bakes but so far only one full on salted caramel cake. It was delicious and went down a storm at the Clandestine Cake Club meeting. I keep promising myself I will make it again. However I wanted to try something a bit different this time and had visions of salted caramel splashed over a cake and dripping down the sides. For the base, I envisaged a rich chocolate cake with a slightly salty caramel flavour filled and covered with a rich and creamy salty chocolate icing. So that’s what I made.

Salted Caramel Cake

This is not a quick cake to make. But any celebration cake worth it’s salt (geddit?), is worth putting a little love into. It’s a three stage process. You need to make the cake, the whipped ganache and also the caramel. Then you have to put it all together.

All went according to plan. But, I didn’t get to try the cake. Luckily, the reports back were very positive. Lashings of salted caramel and chocolate stars seemed to do the trick. The only course open to me is to make it again one day so I can try it for myself – it’s a hard life.

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake

A rich dark chocolate cake filled and covered with a whipped creamy salty chocolate icing then topped with salted caramel.
Prep Time1 hr 40 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: birthday cake, cake, chocolate, chocolate cake, salted caramel
Servings: 12 slices
Author: Choclette


Salted Caramel

  • 125 g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp honey (or liquid glucose)
  • 25 g salted butter
  • 125 ml double cream
  • small pinch Cornish sea salt


  • 250 g salted butter
  • 200 g dark muscovado sugar
  • 50 g golden caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 4 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  • 250 g flour - half wholemeal, half white
  • 80 g ground almonds
  • 60 g cocoa powder
  • 1 heaped tsp mesquite powder (optional)
  • 2 level teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 100 ml coffee

Salted Chocolate Icing

  • 150 g dark chocolate (72%)
  • 100 g milk chocolate (37%)
  • 150 g salted butter
  • 100 g cream cheese
  • 50 g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk


Salted Caramel

  • Place a heavy bottomed pan over medium to high heat, then gradually pour in the sugar and leave for a few minutes to melt.
  • Heat the double cream in another pan, so that it doesn’t cause the caramel to seize when it’s added.
  • Add the honey or glucose and butter to the caramel as soon as it turns a reddish brown colour, but be careful not to let it burn. Stir and then add the cream a little at a time, stirring all the while. As soon as this has been well mixed, leave to cool.


  • Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the golden syrup and beat some more.
  • Beat in the eggs one by one, adding a little of the flour in between each one to prevent curdling.
  • Sieve in the dry ingredients alternately with the coffee and vineger, stirring lightly until all is combined.
  • Divide the mixture between two 9″ round silicone moulds or lined tins. Bake at 180C for about 35 minutes or until well risen and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool for ten minutes, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.
  • Melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water then leave to cool a little.
  • Beat the salted butter with the muscovado sugar until all os incorporated. Beat in the cream cheese. Sift in half of the icing sugar to ensure there are no lumps, and beat. Repeat with the remaining icing sugar.
  • Beat in the milk, 1 tbsp of the salted caramel followed by the chocolate and whip vigourously until light and airy. Sandwich the cakes with half of the whipped chocolate and spread the rest on top. Decorate with chocolate stars then drizzle the caramel over the top allowing it to pool and run down the sides.


As I used local eggs and local flour, I am sharing this salted caramel chocolate cake with Shop Local over at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary. The wholemeal flour is both grown and milled locally at Cotehele Mill and the duck eggs come from a local smallholding as does the honey.

And this birthday cake also seems like a suitable post to share with Bake of the Week over at Casa Costella.


  1. Anne Szadorska

    11th October 2014 at 11:09 am

    Oh my it looks heavenly! I adore salted caramel, so much more than regular caramel!

    I had to google mesquite powder as its a new one on me – I think I need some in my life!

    • Choclette Blogger

      12th October 2014 at 11:01 am

      Thanks Anne, I’m with you on the caramel front. I’ve been using mesquite for a while and it just adds a little touch of caramel.

  2. Jacqueline Meldrum

    11th October 2014 at 5:34 pm

    That looks amazing Choclette. I’d be happy to tuck into that. Like now!

  3. Jean |

    11th October 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Choclette, that looks gorgeous and sounds perfectly scrummy! I love caramel.

    • Choclette Blogger

      12th October 2014 at 10:59 am

      Thank Jean – it’s the sort of thing that appeals to just about anybody I reckon.

  4. Catherine

    11th October 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I am certain that the reports on this cake were excellent. The recipe sounds wonderful. ~ Catherine

  5. maries special little boy

    11th October 2014 at 7:47 pm

    This Cake sound and looks lovely, will be trying it. Thanks for sharing x

    • Choclette Blogger

      12th October 2014 at 10:57 am

      Thank you. Let me know how you get on if you ever do try it.

  6. Lorna mai ltd

    11th October 2014 at 8:07 pm

    This sounds so delicious, love salted caramel. Your recipe seems easy enough to follow and your photo of the finished cake looks perfect.

    • Choclette Blogger

      12th October 2014 at 10:56 am

      Thanks Lorna, it’s amazing what a difference a bit of salt make.

  7. Fiver Feeds

    11th October 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Wish I had the opportunity to try this cake, it looks delicious!

    • Choclette Blogger

      12th October 2014 at 10:55 am

      Hmm, yes – have to say the cake didn’t come in at under a fiver.

  8. Kate Glutenfreealchemist

    11th October 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Lush cake! What a shame you didn’t get to try it…… It looks divine. Especially the salted caramel dripping down the sides. I would have been thrilled to have this made for my birthday. Nice job!

    • Choclette Blogger

      12th October 2014 at 10:53 am

      You and me both Kate 😉 Thanks for your lovely comment, you are always so supportive.

  9. Katie

    12th October 2014 at 6:25 am

    That looks fabulous! I love how indulgent the caramel looks drizzled over the cake like that. The choc cake looks very moist too. I’m sure it went down a storm

    • Choclette Blogger

      12th October 2014 at 10:52 am

      Thanks Katie, that was just the effect I was hoping for – something screaming indulgence.

  10. Angie Schneider

    12th October 2014 at 6:46 am

    Bake one more, so you can get to try it…but don’t forget to invite all of us, Choclette :-)) The cake looks heavenly.

    • Choclette Blogger

      12th October 2014 at 10:50 am

      Now that really would be fun Angie. I’d love to bake a cake for a bloggers party and get to try out some of their fabulous creations.

  11. belleau kitchen

    12th October 2014 at 9:22 am

    well, you could make one for me, drive up to Lincolnshire to deliver it and then maybe i’d let you have a slice… maybe…

  12. Baking Addict

    12th October 2014 at 11:49 am

    Wow! I don’t know how you could bear to part with that cake. Please make another one and invite us all around to sample!

    • Choclette Blogger

      12th October 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Would love to Ros 🙂 Was wondering if I could get an I out of it for Alpha Bakes, but I suspect icing isn’t allowed!

  13. The Caked Crusader

    12th October 2014 at 3:24 pm

    If we were told 10 years back that we’d all be raving about salted caramel we’d have been sceptical…but I love the stuff now! What an ace looking cake

  14. Fiona @ London-Unattached

    12th October 2014 at 5:30 pm

    That looks truly amazing. When I move I will just have to try baking again!

    • Choclette Blogger

      20th October 2014 at 7:58 pm

      You will indeed Fiona – none of this can’t bake, won’t bake nonsense!

  15. Sylvia F.

    12th October 2014 at 8:52 pm

    OH YES please! I love all salted caramel desserts and cakes! x

  16. Torviewtoronto

    12th October 2014 at 10:05 pm

    looks wonderful

  17. Helen at Casa Costello

    13th October 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Oh wow, this looks incredible – Cannot believe you didn’t even get to taste a nibble of it. You are a stronger person than I! Thanks again for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek x

    • Choclette Blogger

      20th October 2014 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks Helen – didn’t really feel I could hand it over with a bite taken out!

  18. Elizabeth

    7th November 2014 at 10:27 am

    What a wonderfully extravagant birthday cake! I have a birthday coming up – fancy making this for me? 🙂 Thank you for sharing with Shop Local!

    • Choclette Blogger

      8th November 2014 at 1:14 pm

      Oh it would make a fabulous birthday cake for your birthday Elizabeth.


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