This chocolate caramel cake is amazingly moist and features the most delicious coconut-flavored caramel frosting. It’s easy to make and spectacular to look at.
I spotted this chocolate caramel cake in my Instagram feed the other day, and it happened to be my best friend’s birthday. So I decided it was fate! But to be honest…even in the absence of a birthday, it’s pretty much guaranteed that if I see “chocolate” and “caramel” together in a recipe title, that recipe is going to get made.
I started on this one that very night. I always like to make layer cakes over two days. The process just feels so much more manageable that way. I bake the cake layers on the first day, and on the second day I make the frosting and decorate the cake.
But this time, after I baked the layers, I left them to cool, planning to wrap them up before going to bed. In my typical absent-minded fashion, I forgot about them and they sat on the counter exposed all night!
I debated starting over and baking them again… but after trimming and leveling a layer, it seemed like it was still really moist. So I took a chance, and guess what! It worked out fine! Actually, better than fine. The yogurt and buttermilk kept it unbelievably moist, and unbelievably delicious.
I found the recipe via Sweet Style CA ‘s Instagram, but it is originally from the new Half-Baked Harvest cookbook. Needless to say, that cookbook is now on my birthday list (and thankfully that’s not too far away).
The other remarkable thing about this chocolate caramel cake is the frosting. It’s a basic buttercream mixed with the most delicious caramel sauce I’ve ever made. There is an option to use heavy cream to make a traditional caramel. Which no one in their right mind would ever complain about. BUT if you really want to surprise and delight your taste buds, you can use coconut cream (or full-fat coconut milk if you can’t find it). I’m telling you, this was a huge revelation to me. The coconut taste doesn’t overpower at all, but just gives the caramel the most amazing tropical flavor.
I went with a naked style again for the frosting because it’s easy, beautiful, and my new favorite thing! See this gingerbread layer cake for a few tips on this style of frosting.
I hope you’re staying warm and aren’t feeling the post-holiday letdown too badly! <3