Chocolate Cake with Caramel Buttercream | Recipe

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Turning 20 has to be first of the depressing birthday ages. You are no longer a teen and it’s not normally associated with big celebrations like when you turn 18 or 21. When I turned 20 I went with the theme that it was a sad age and went and saw the Lovely Bones in the cinema (so obviously I did not turn 20 recently!). But in reality turning 20 is kinda awesome. Yes you aren’t a teen anymore but you are still definitely young yet old enough to experience a greater range of things (travel without parents for example!). Plus you can complain about “youth these days” and still say that certain things are for “old people” i.e. not you.

So when my cousin turned the big 2-0 this week I made her this big monster cake to celebrate. Chocolate cake with caramel buttercream smothered in salted caramel sauce, caramel popcorn and caramel shards. Sugar and calories galore but hey her metabolism is still young enough to burn it all off quick smart ;)

Despite the cake having several elements to it, it was fairly easy to make, thus it’s a great recipe for an everyday cook wanting to make something a little bit wow (and a lot naughty!)


450 grams butter
250 grams dark chocolate
1.5 cups caster suagr
6 eggs
4 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk

Caramel Buttercream
4 cups icing sugar
375 grams butter
400 grams caramel sauce (get recipe here) note make extra if you want to pour over the cake

Caramel Popcorn
Recipe here

1. Over low heat melt together the butter and chocolate
2. Cool the chocolate mixture for ten minutes before mixing in the sugar and eggs
3. Once well combined, sift in the flour and baking powder and fold to combine
4. Divide the batter into three small cake tins and bake for 30 minutes at 180 degrees Celcius

Caramel Buttercream
1. Beat together all ingredients until smooth

1. Allow the cakes to cool completely
2. Divide the butter cream into three
3. Spread each third on a cake and stack the layers on top of each
4. Pour the extra caramel on top
5. Assemble the popcorn on top
6. If you want the shard, melt 1/4 cup sugar until brown, pour over a smooth non stick surface, once cool crush into bits and garnish the cake

Ta da! Enjoy!

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  1. Wow that is a monster cake it looks amazing!

  2. If turning 20 means getting this cake, then 20 is SO NOT depressing!!


  3. Oooh yeah!!! Yummo!! I made caramel popcorn last weekend!! Isn't it so yummy. That cake looks over the top awesome!!! Thanks for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party xx

  4. Wow - that's one impressive cake! I wonder what type of cake you'd make for a 30th? I turn 30 next year {and advice?}.

    1. I think this would work for 30 too! You could replace the popcorn with honeycomb or merigue for something different

  5. WOW this looks awesome!! Hope your cousin had a great birthday!

  6. Damn - that is some cake & all my favorite flavors!

  7. What an epic looking cake! That looks amazingly good. What a nice friend you are :)

  8. Oh my goodness! This is so decadent and looks like it would be so much fun to make too. Just wow.

  9. Do my eyes deceive me? Is that POPCORN on top of pancakes? You, my friend, have just successfully combined 2 of my all time favorite foods into one big delicious dessert/breakfast! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! Thanks for sharing! :D


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