This week I’m showing you how to make this ultimate layer cake with chocolate and salted caramel. I planned this recipe out and I’ve only just finally got round to baking it. The cake consists of 4 tiers of chocolate fudge cake layered with salted caramel buttercream. Make for special occasions such as birthday’s or just as a weekend treat and it will go down a treat.
Chocolate Fudge Cake –
210g (1 and 3/4 cups) plain flour (all purpose)
400g (2 cups) caster sugar
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
(3/4 cup) good-quality cocoa powder
2 medium free-range eggs
240ml (1 cup) buttermilk
120ml (1/2 cup) vegetable oil
240ml (1 cup) hot coffee
Salted Caramel Buttercream –
150g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
300g icing sugar, sifted
Large pinch sea salt
1 x 397g (14 ounce) can readymade caramel or dulce de leche
1. To make the cake: Preheat your oven to . Line two 8 or 9-inch inch cake tins with some baking parchment and grease the sides with butter. Sift all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl (the flour, sugar, bicarb, baking powder, salt and cocoa.) Mix with a wooden spoon until combined.
2. Now add the eggs, buttermilk, oil and the coffee. Whisk until all the ingredients are well combined and they are no lumps in the batter.
3. Distribute the cake mix into the tins and then bake for 35-40 minutes or until the cakes are well risen and a cake tester comes out clean. Once cooked, allow to cool in tins for 30 minutes then remove from tins and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
4. To make the buttercream: In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, add the butter, the icing sugar and the vanilla. Whisk on low speed for until the mixture comes together, then gradually turn the speed up to medium and whisk for 5 minutes until the buttercream is very pale and light in colour. Then gently fold in the caramel and salt.
5. To assemble the cake: Cut each half into half again- so you have four layers of cake. Place one layer of cake down on a cake stand. Spread about a heaped tablespoon of the buttercream on and spread over. Then top with another layer of cake, spread with buttercream. Repeat this step with the other 2 layers of cake. Then spread a nice layer of the buttercream over the top of the cake. Then I topped the cake with some delicious chocolate caramel pieces.
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54 thoughts on “4-Layer Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream”
The cake looks delicious. I have to try this. And congrats on your success.
Chocolate cake HEAVEN !
Wow!! I definitely want a LARGE slice of this!
Ps congrats on your publication!!!!
What an absolutely gorgeous cake! I love salted caramel with anything and it is absolutely perfect with chocolate cake. Thanks so much for introducing me to your blog. I will be following along!
wow, this cake looks absolutely delicious! Pinning it now so I can make it soon!!
What a fabulous cake, looks truly delicious. Many congratulations too.
WOW! This cake is amazing. I love salted caramel and it’s just perfect with chocolate. This is the perfect cake to celebrate. Congratulations on the features 🙂
Jessica, congratulations on the Good Food inclusions, well done! Thank you for stopping by Good Things. Am now off to investigate your lovely blog xo
This looks like such a delicious cake, Jessica! I wish I could come and have a piece! Congratulations on getting your recipe in the BBC Good Food mag … that’s amazing news!
What a delightful looking bake you have there! =)
What a lovely cake, Jess! And how exciting to be featured! Congrats to you!
Congrats on the BBC Good Food feature!!! I love that magazine 🙂 . And this cake looks so fab! I’m such a fan of salted caramel, and anything chocolate 🙂
Oh I SO want to sink my fork into this cake!! I LOVE salted caramel, and with chocolate!!!……….I’m coming over!!!! 🙂 Congrats on your feature! That is SO exciting!!!
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Congratulations on your tremendous success! This cake looks fabulous and sounds like the perfect way to celebrate 😉
Salted caramel butter cream does it all for me!
Oh goodness, four layers of absolute beauty and deliciousness! Swooning at those pictures! Congrats on your feature girl!
I love a good layer cake! This looks fantastic Jessica 😀
Congrats lovely! I can see why your recipes would be featured if they’re anything like this glorious cake. Well done!
Wow this looks heavenly!! Too bad I’m doing that whole “eating healthy” thing :/
Just found you and your beautiful blog, this cake is totally droolworthy!! Congratulations on the feature. I love salted caramel and together with the deeply dark chocolate cake, what a wonderful combination it is!!!
Congrats on your recipe news! That cake looks divine!! 🙂
CONGRATULATIONS on your news! I can see why… 🙂 this cake looks amazing! I absolutely love the chocolate-y goodness of it, and that salt and caramel picture? My mouth watered! I can just imagine devouring it!
This looks absolutely divine, I love salted caramel! Impressed with the BBC feature, though can see why, love the tips and pictures, and still marvelling at that pouring shot, dropping in from #recipeoftheweek.
Thank you Sarah! 😉
Congratulations on your wonderful news…. you must be walking on air!
Now let’s discuss this cake. Deliciously sinful. Sinfully decadent. Absolutely gorgeous. And one I need to try very soon. Just lovely. SUPER impressive!!
Congratulations! Wow that is something to celebrate. But looking at this cake it hardly suprises me. Amazing!!
Congratulations Jessica! That’s so cool!
And this cake looks wonderful! 4 layers? Caramel? Fudge? Oooohhhh how delicious!
AMAZING cake! I could nose dive right into a piece…or two!
You had me at salted caramel buttercream! Yum! Wish I had a nice slice of this for dessert tonight. And congratulations on getting published in BBC Good Food magazine, how exciting!
Congrats on the feature! This cake is gorgeous beyond words! And I bet it tastes amazing!! Awesome flavor combo too. Definiely woud love to make this. 🙂
What a gorgeous looking, and delicious sounding cake! Congrats on all the good news you’ve received – this cake is a fab way to celebrate. =)
Congrats on being published in BBC Good Food AND on being featured! That’s awesome!
This cake sounds like it would be awesome for any kind of celebration… and I kind of want to lick my screen now, soooo…. good job!
Congratulations on your news – That’s amazing! You are a lucky girl. This cake looks incredible! Love the thin layers with lots of icing mmmmm! Looks absolutely gorgeous!
Congrats, that’s wonderful news! This cake looks fantastic and sounds like the perfect way to celebrate 🙂
Love layer cakes! Yours looks so sophisticated and tall – WOW! I would love to have a slice of this cake right now, for lunch!
Haha, thanks Julia! 🙂
Congrats, Jessica! Such exciting news! And what a great way to celebrate – this cake looks divine! Is there anything better than salted caramel buttercream? I really don’t think so!
Oh My gosh .that looks DEVINE….i could dive in that right now…please may i?! that is how all chocolate cake should look…and that buttercream…..Im so trying this!!
Congrats on your news! How did that come about? I will have to keep an eye out for it 🙂 Also, wow. This recipe sounds incredible… I have to try that salted caramel buttercream!
It looks great!
Any cake that involves chocolate, four layers, and a salted caramel buttercream gets two thumbs up from me! Yum! And congrats on your features!
This looks DELICIOUS! My mouth was watering at the first pic 🙂
Going to make this cake for my daughters birthday, and turn it into a bear. Looks delicious!
Chocolate, fudge and salted caramel are my favorite things! I cannot have this cake near me!
Congrats on being featured in the magazine!
:O This cake is worth all the applause in the world! It looks gorgeous Jessica ! I just pinned it!
I’m drooling over here, your cake is beautiful and I could dig into it right now!! 🙂
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Hi! Can this cake be covered in fondant? Thanks!
Hi Kimmy. Yes you can cover the cake with fondant roll out icing. The frosting needs to be changed – as the caramel frosting for this recipe doesn’t make enough to cover the outside of the cake.
I would recommend using a your favourite chocolate fudge icing for this cake.
Hey! Do you know a recuperação for caramelo buttercream? I don’t want Tô do salted caramelo buttercream
Hi Carina – I’m not sure what you mean. Are you looking for a recipe for caramel buttercream or just salted caramel? I have a new fantastic recipe for caramel buttercream which can be found here > https://whatjessicabakednext.com/2016/10/31/apple-cupcakes-with-caramel-buttercream/
That recipe will easily decorate 12 cupcakes or a layer cake like this one. Enjoy both recipes!
Hi Jess I love your recipes and would love to try this one however you have missed out the oven temperature. Could you please let me know? I have a fan assisted oven. Thanks