Recipe | Chocolate, vanilla and caramel layer cake with caramel buttercream

Chocolate, vanilla and caramel layer cake. Honestly, one of the nicest things I’ve ever made (I surprised myself!)

Chocolate vanilla and caramel layer cake with caramel buttercream frosting and chocolate caramel buttons uk recipe

This cake came about because I treated myself to four shallow round cake tins… which of course meant I had to make a four-layer cake. That said, you could still follow this recipe using 2, “ordinary” depth (about an inch/2.5 cm) round cake tins and then cut your cakes in half. Here’s a photo of an “ordinary” depth tin (on the left) and one of the shallow tins (on the right):

Shallow layer cake tin and inch deep tin comparison

To make the cakes, I used my usual go-to sponge recipe. It’s the only one I can remember without having to look at a book! I found the caramel buttercream frosting recipe over at Instructables, although when I make it again I’ll add icing sugar for the filling and crumb coat as well, not just the final coat (that will make sense when you get to the decoration section of the method!).

Ingredients

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Easter baking and spring recipe ideas, featuring mini eggs and lots of chocolate!

Rather than post a new recipe this week, here’s a round-up of a few recipes which are ideal for Easter and/or to celebrate the arrival of spring.

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chocolate eggs

4. Double chocolate Easter cake with chocolate buttercream and mini eggs

Chocolate easter and spring season cake. Two layer chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream filling and green grass topping frosting decorations with eggs 5

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Top baking posts of 2016

Friday is usually the day for a new recipe. But, for my last post of the year, I thought I’d revisit the five recipe posts which proved most popular in 2016.

Counting down to the most popular…

5.Β Shredded Wheat chocolate nests – with golden syrup and mini eggs!

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Recipe | White chocolate layer cake with raspberry buttercream filling

This white chocolate cake is ideal for any celebration. It slices beautifully and so is easy to share!

White chocolate layer cake with raspberry buttercream filling easy to slice ideal party cake 2

When I started this blog, I promised to make all the cakes which feature in my first novel, Art and Soul. I’ve been slowly getting there, and today I’ve made the last one! If you want to see all the recipes, check out Sweet’s Cakes πŸ™‚

In my book, a white chocolate cake with raspberry buttercream filling is made for the eighteenth birthday of one of the characters. Luckily for me, it turns out that this is the perfect cake for a party. It’s very rich, so your guests would probably be happy with a smaller slice and it cuts beautifully.

I made a bit of a mistake while baking this cake… but read this post and you can avoid the same slip up!

Ingredients

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Top baking posts of 2015

Happy New Year!

Friday is usually the day for a new recipe. But, for my first post of 2016, I thought I’d revisit the five recipe posts which proved most popular in 2015.

Counting down to the most popular…

5. Maltesers rocky road. Such an easy, no-bake recipe. Make your own chocolate bars!

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Recipe | Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Deliciously dense, moist and chewy. Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and walnuts sliced

Months ago, I made a foolish promise to bake all the cakes featured in my first novel (as yet unpublished), Art and Soul. You can see the other cakes that fall in this category on my Sweet’s Cakes page.

This week I took another step to keeping my word by making carrot cake!

This recipe comes from Mary Berry’s Traditional Puddings & Desserts. However, I did change some of the ingredients. Her recipe has wholemeal flour and muscovado sugar. I changed this so I could use what I had in the cupboard. I also used my own cream cheese frosting recipe.

However, all credit to Mary Berry because I never would have thought of putting banana in a carrot cake; it’s a brilliant idea! I feel I have to underline this because the final product does taste of banana, so if you’re not fond of this ingredient this particular carrot cake recipe isn’t for you. Please note this cake also contains walnuts.

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and walnuts

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Recipe | Raspberry ripple sponge cake

Raspberry ripple sandwich cake cut

Easy to make, this summery treat may be the nicest cake I’ve ever had. And I don’t say that lightly: I’ve eaten A LOT of cake in my time πŸ™‚

This week I’m continuing to fulfill my promise to make all the cakes which feature in my first novel, Art and Soul. One of the characters, Ronnie, owns a cake shop, and this raspberry ripple cake is just one of the delicious offerings her lucky customers can enjoy.

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Recipe | Simple school sponge cake with white icing and multi-coloured sprinkles

Simple school sponge cake with white icing and sprinkles recipe how to make

Another step closer to fulfilling my promise to make all the cakes which feature in my first novel, Art and Soul. This time it’s simple old school sponge cake with water icing and sugar hundreds and thousands. This cake is a childhood classic (it brings back memories of the sponge with sprinkles they used to serve in my school canteen) and the favourite of the novel’s second-most important character: Charlie. As if that weren’t enough, it eventually becomes an important plot point. Who knew cake could be so influential? πŸ™‚

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Recipe | Chocolate fudge cake with chocolate buttercream frosting

Chocolate fudge cake with chocolate buttercream icing finished view from sideI’m gradually making good on my “fantastic idea” to make all the cakes which pop up in my first novel, Art and Soul. This week it’s chocolate fudge cake, which is the favourite of Becky, my main character.

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Recipe | Red velvet cake with white chocolate buttercream icing

Yesterday, in celebration of World Baking Day 2015 (who knew?!), I tried to make red velvet cake. For my first ever attempt, the cake turned out great – fluffy and delicious – but sadly, not very red.

Red velvet cake with white chocolate buttercream icing and filling

Red velvet cake with white chocolate buttercream icing and filling

As you can see from the pictures, the cake has a reddish tinge, but it’s not the deep red I was hoping for. This was entirely my fault. I didn’t read the recipe properly when buying red food dye and so didn’t buy enough – turns out you need A LOT.

Anyway, it still tastes great!

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