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Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Layer Cake » Annie's Eats

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For the cake:

2¼ cups all-purpose flour

2¼ cups sugar

1 cup plus
2 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa powder

2¼ tsp. baking soda

1½ tsp. baking powder

1½ tsp. salt

6 tbsp. vegetable oil

1 cup plus
2 tbsp. buttermilk

1 cup plus 2 tbsp. brewed coffee*

3 large eggs, at room temperature

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

For the filling:

1 cup sugar, divided

¼ cup water

¼ cup heavy cream

Generous pinch of sea salt, such as fleur de sel

4 large egg whites

1½ cup (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

For the frosting:

12 oz. good quality semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

¼ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

¼ cup very hot water

1 cup plus 2 tbsp. (18 tbsp.) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar

Pinch of salt

Fleur de sel, for finishing

*Note – Coffee is used as a flavor enhancer in many chocolate cake recipes. Even if you are not a fan of coffee, don’t be afraid of this – it’s still chocolate cake, and you don’t taste the coffee.



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