Saturday, February 1, 2014

Recipe: Salted caramel chocolate cake with mascarpone-cream frosting and strawberries

A couple of weeks before our kids birthday, I will ask them what birthday cake they would like (flavour / design) and start making preparations. Surprisingly, last year, Baby C requested for a "strawberry and chocolate cake" as well as some cupcakes from Delectable by Su. Good girl, she sure knows how to make mummy's life easy! ;)



I baked a simple double layer chocolate cake. Once cooled, I sandwiched the cake with some of my homemade salted caramel (very quick and easy to make!) and then frosted it with a mascarpone-cream frosting. The inspiration for this frosting came from one of my favorite desserts - tiramisu. Slices of sweet strawberries top this beauty of a cake.


Birthday girl very happy with her cake(s) ;)


Some cute cupcakes from Delectable by Su to go with mummy's homemade cake


The chocolate cake is moist and very good as usual - this is my trusted recipe for chocolate cake, which I use everytime :) The other combinations of salted caramel and mascarpone-cream frosting also went wonderfully well together. A super delicious cake!




Salted caramel chocolate cake with mascarpone-cream frosting and strawberries
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 30-40 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serves 8

Ingredients
For the cake
175g self-raising flour, sifted
3 tbsp cocoa powder
175g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
175g caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3 eggs
1-2 tbsp milk


For the mascarpone-cream frosting
250g mascarpone
200g whipping cream
2 tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract


8 tbsp salted caramel (recipe here)
4-5 large strawberries, sliced thinly


1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease and base line 2 x 18cm sandwich tins with baking paper.

2. Take 3 tbsp of flour from the full flour amount and put it back in the bag. The cocoa powder will make up the difference.

3. Place all cake ingredients in a large bowl and beat them together with an electric whisk until you have a creamy mixture. Add a little milk if the mixture is too stiff - it should fall easily off a spoon.

4. Divide the mixture between the two tins and level the surfaces of the cake mixtures.

5. Bake on the same shelf in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the sponge springs back when pressed.

6. Leave to cool for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Peel off the baking paper.

7. For the frosting: Place mascarpone cheese and icing sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 1 minute until the mascarpone has softened.  Whip the cream with vanilla extract until it forms soft peaks. Fold into the mascarpone mixture. If not using immediately, store in fridge.

8. To assemble cake, spread salted caramel onto 1 layer of cake and then sandwich with the other layer. Frost with frosting (from Step 7) and arrange strawberry slices on top. Store any cake balance in the fridge as this cake contains cream and cheese.






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8 comments:

  1. Oh that's one mouth-watering cake, i'd love to enjoy it with a scoop of icy cold vanilla ice cream though!

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  2. the combination of everything sounds very yummy , i hv never had salted caramel in any form as far as i can remember! also here would like to wish you a very happy chinese new year and have a wonderful horsey year!

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  3. I read a lot about salted caramel sauce but not tasted it. Sure like to try making some in near future. Lovely cake with yummy frosting. Wishing a very Happy Lunar Year.

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  4. Hi Yen,

    Your little baby is a big girl now... She looks gorgeous! She is smart choosing a strawberry chocolate cake and you are a smart mummy too baking this beautiful cake for her.

    Zoe

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  5. Your girl is looking so grown up! Such a beauty. Love the cake you made for her.

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  6. yum yum! can u pls bake me a cake to for my bday... i'll pay you! hehe :P

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  7. wah so yummy! and your girl is so pretty!

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