One year ago, today, I launched Modern Wifestyle!
At first my nearest friends and family were the only readers, now people from all over the world read my growing blog and make things after my recipes. Thank you all for that, it warms my little heart.
To celebrate this milestone, I wanted to make and serve something seasonal – warm and fuzzy, gorgeous and tasty for all senses.
After a trip to my local market to see what fruit were fresh and perky, and inspired by the colors of the fall – a moist Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting and vanilla/cinnamon poached plums is what I came up with – and let me tell you, neither me nor my guests regret that choice of flavor palette.
This cake is visually stunning and I promise you it is absolutely worth spending few hours in the kitchen making, it is that delicious.
Few Tips before you begin
-Start by making the caramel sauce so it will have time to cool down. Be super careful when making it, it burns so easily. You can not use burnt caramel, it will taste bad and bitter.
– The cake batter is very liquid, so no worries, you have done nothing wrong.
Recipe: Chocolate Cake
- 200 g (1,5 cups + 2 tbsp.) Flour
- 300 g (1,5 cups) Sugar
- 65 g (1/2 cup) Cocoa
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 2 Eggs
- 1 dl (3,5 oz) Whole Milk
- 1 dl (3,5 oz) Sour Cream
- 115 g (1 stick) Butter
- 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
- 1 dl (3,5 oz) Coffee
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F)
- Butter, line with parchment paper and dust with flour, one 21 cm baking pan (8-9 inch)
- Sift together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside
- Mix the eggs, just to separate them
- Add the milk, sour cream, and melted butter - mix well
- Slowly mix in the dry ingredients and make a batter
- Add the vanilla and coffee and mix
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a pin comes out almost clean (few crumbs is fine). After 30 minutes, I place aluminum foil over the top to prevent the cake from burning
- When the cake has cooled a little divide it into two. You can use whatever method you like, I use dental floss. I wrap it around the middle of the cake, then I pull in opposite directions and the floss gets right through and cuts the cake evenly.
Recipe: Salted Caramel Sauce
- 3.5 dl (1,5 cups) Sugar
- 125 g (1 stick + 1 tbsp.) butter
- 2 dl (3/4 cups) heavy cream
- 1 tbs. salt
- In a heavy sauce pan melt the sugar slowly. You want it amber golden and around 150 degrees C. Be careful it burns at a blink of an eye (I did 3 batches before I got it right the first time I made this)
- Add the butter all at once and stir until melted and well blended with the sugar
- Remove from heat and slowly add the heavy cream
- Add the salt
- Cool, and pour into sterilized jars
Recipe: Salted Caramel Frosting
- 115 g (1 stick) Butter
- 2,5 dl (1 cup) Powdered Sugar
- 4 tbsp. Caramel Sauce (room temp.)
- Whisk the butter until light and fluffy
- Add the powdered sugar and keep mixing
- When you feel like your frosting has a thick consistency and doesn't taste too much of butter add the caramel sauce and mix well
Recipe: Poached Plums
- 375 g (13 oz) Plums
- 170 ml (3/4 cup) Water
- 100 g (1/2 cup) Sugar
- 50 g (1/4 cup) Brown Sugar
- Cinnamon Stick
- Vanilla Bean
- Cut the plums in different sizes, both half and quarters, remove and toss the stone
- Melt the sugar in the water (without stirring) together with the seeds from the vanilla bean and cinnamon stick
- When melted and well combined, add the plums.
- Cooking time depends on the ripeness of your plums and how soft you want them. Mine were quite firm and I kept them in the slowly simmering syrup for about 4 minutes.
Assembling the cake
1. You should now have divided your cake and have two halves. Place the bottom half on a cake stand and smear frosting on it
2. Place the other half on top
3. Sift 1 tbsp powdered sugar over the whole cake
4. Decorate with the poached plums
5. Drizzle caramel sauce and some of the plum syrup over the cake
| Published on October 17, 2012 | Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting and Poached Plums – Recipe