Chocolate Cake With Caramel Frosting and Gumdrop Roses

Chocolate Cake With Caramel Frosting and Gumdrop Roses
Christopher Baker
Use pink or red gumdrops to form edible flowers for a sweet cake topping.

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Serves 12
preparation
45
minutes
cooking
150
minutes

Ingredients

1
cup
(2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pans
3/4
cup
unsweetened cocoa powder, spooned and leveled, plus more for the pans
2
cups
all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1
teaspoon
baking powder
1
teaspoon
baking soda
1
teaspoon
kosher salt
1 1/2
cups
sugar
2
teaspoons
pure vanilla extract
3
large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2
cups
whole milk
1
recipe
Caramel Frosting
1
recipe
Gumdrop Roses

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Butter two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans, line the bottoms with parchment, butter again, and dust with cocoa, tapping out the excess. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla, then the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Reduce mixer speed to low. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions and the milk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix just until combined (do not overmix).
  4. Transfer the batter to the prepared pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes for 8-inch pans and 25 to 30 minutes for 9-inch pans. Cool the cakes in the pans for 15 minutes, then turn out onto racks to cool completely.
  5. Transfer one of the cooled cakes to a plate and spread with 1 to 1½ cups of the frosting. Top with the remaining cake and spread the top and sides with the remaining frosting. Top with the gumdrop roses.
Dawn Perry
April 2011

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories From Fat 444
  • Fat 50 g
  • Sat Fat 31 g
  • Cholesterol 182 mg
  • Sodium 376 mg
  • Protein 7 g
  • Carbohydrate 97 g
  • Sugar 74 g
  • Fiber 2 g
  • Iron 2 mg
  • Calcium 108 mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101.

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