Caramel and mint layer cake

Caramel Cake

This cake is inspired by a traditional South African pudding called Peppermint crisp tart, made from peppermint crisp chocolate and tinned caramel. Peppermint crisp chocolate is South African and you can purchase in the UK from a South African shop or use mint chocolate such as aero mint. This recipe combines a vanilla sponge with a caramel frosting sprinkled with mint chocolate. Strangely enough the combination of caramel and mint works very well, however if you are not a mint fan replace the mint chocolate with milk chocolate or omit the chocolate all together and have a caramel cake.

The sponge and frosting can be made in advance but I would advise assembling and serving on the day. Do keep the cake in the fridge and it will keep for about 3 days once assembled.

Makes one layer cake|Baking time 20-25 minutes|Chilling time required

Vanilla Sponge

2 cups (300 grams) flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup (125 mls) oil
1 cup whole milk
4 large eggs
1 1/3 cups (300 grams) soft brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Grease and line the base of two 22 cm round cake tins
  3. Sift flour and baking powder and set aside
  4. Beat eggs and sugar until smooth
  5. Add vanilla and beat until combined
  6. Bring oil and milk to boil and pour into egg mixture while beating
  7. Add sifted flour and beat on low-speed for 5 seconds then mix  in a figure of eight pattern with a wooden spoon until combined
  8. Divide equally between the cake tins and bake for 20 -25 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean
  9. Leave in the tins for 5 minutes before turning out to cool completely
  10. Once cool, cut each cake in half horizontally

Caramel Filling/Frosting

1 tin (397 grams) caramel
100 grams unsalted butter softened
300 mls double cream

  1. Whip cream until soft peaks form
  2. Beat butter and caramel until smooth
  3. Fold in whipped cream
  4. Refrigerate for 1 hour before frosting the cake

To assemble

150 grams mint chocolate such as Area Mint or Peppermint Crisp

Spread a quarter of the frosting over each layer leaving a border of about 1-2 cms around the edge. Sprinkle with grated/roughly chopped chocolate.

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