Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Chocolate Caramel Butterscotch Cake & a Contest Entry

Cooking keeps me sane, it is the molasses in my life, slows me down and keeps me sweet.


Do you see this cake? Do you see it's layers of loveliness?  If you would pick this cake apart, layer by layer, ingredient by ingredient, you would see a slice of me. A bit of caramel that goes with the flow, chocolate for sass, butterscotch to help me remember my roots (I do have some Scottish in me somewhere), cream cheese to remind me that life takes on all shapes and sizes, butter to remind me to be sweet, salt for when life gets tough and most of all ♥♥♥ Love. Those of you who have been with me since the beginning of my blog know that love... is my single most important ingredient. No matter the recipe, my heart is always present when I am in the kitchen, my mind stops racing, my breathing calms..., I focus (and have a glass of wine) - cooking becomes my meditation for life. It is the activity I do every day that keeps me centered, sane and present. I share my food and love with those around me, letting myself be inspired and going with my personal passion.

This blog has brought me to a new place in my life. With every post, I grow. What more could I ask for? Without change, there is no growth. I create and serve food that makes me smile and those around me smile too. Eat good food and do what you love, that is my motto. Make it with love and give it away..... it will all come back to you in the end. Beginning this blog was the best thing I could do for myself. Foodalution=evolution .... watch me grow!


Chocolate Caramel Butterscotch Layer Cake


Now enough about me and on to that cake! This chocolaty, caramel, butterscotch cake is for my mother. This is the one cake she is always, 100% of the time, in love with (my sister too). How to please your mother, we always wonder don't we? I have found the answer, make her this cake!

Chocolate Caramel Butterscotch Layer Cake

Favorite  Chocolate Cake
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Valrohna preferred)
1 and 3/4 cup flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1.5 tsp baking soda
1 stick of melted butter
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup hot (not boiling) water with 1 TBS instant espresso powder dissolved.

In large mixing bowl whisk together your dry ingredients except your cocoa powder. Sift your cocoa powder into the other ingredients and whisk again. Attach mixing bowl to mixer with paddle attachment. Add butter and eggs and mix slowly until moistened. Add buttermilk and mix for a minute. Add hot water and mix again for about 1.5 minutes. Measure the batter and pour, cup by cup into prepared 9" round pans. Measuring the batter will help keep the cakes even.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Test for doneness. Let cool. Slide knife around edge of pan after 10 minutes and tap out cake onto cooling rack. Let cool completely.

Butterscotch Cream Cheese Frosting
3 packages cream cheese - room temp - Organic Valley preferred
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened.
1 cup powdered sugar
dash  of salt
1 recipe worth of Homemade Butterscotch Sauce - room temp.

Cream butter and cream cheese until very smooth. Add in sugar and a dash of salt. Cream ingredients again, you will want all the lumps out of your frosting. Add in the Butterscotch Sauce. Mix again until blended. If using right away, leave out. Otherwise, refrigerate in sealed container. Take out at least 2 hours before frosting. You want it to be quite spreadable, like mayonnaise, when frosting. 

Layering the Cake

Slice cake layers in half. Place first layer on cake plate. Spoon caramel onto the cake layer, spread over the entire layer, leaving a 1"2 inch space from the edge. Place layer into freezer for 10 minutes to firm up the caramel. Pull out of freezer and spoon on the butterscotch cream cheese frosting. Spread out over caramel. Do not worry if the caramel and cream cheese frosting mix. It will give it a tye-dye frosting effect. Repeat with the next 2 layers. Put on a crumb coat, place in fridge for at least 40 minutes and then apply final coat. Decorate as you wish.


Enjoy your cake with a smile on your face! My official link to Project FoodBlog is here.  Voting Open: 6am PT September 20 - 6pm PT September 2. ♥♥♥ I would appreciate your vote! That is an understatement..... I would REALLY LOVE your vote! I am usually not a fan of contests, but this one is pushing me outside of my comfort zone... and guess what? I love it! 

FoodBuzz Project FoodBlog Contest Entry #1


39 comments:

  1. That is one helluva cake, lady! I just want to climb right through my computer screen and eat it.

    Good luck on PFB!

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  2. What a gorgeous cake, so many layers, just like it's baker...good luck! Theresa

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  3. This cake is stunning and I soooooo want a slice right now.

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  4. That's such a nice message, thanks for sharing it with us. And that cake is fantastic! So many layers of goodness

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  5. If this cake is you...I am in trouble! You are a whole lot sweeter than I am...LOL I wouldn't exactly say I'm defined by a dill pickle or anything but caramel and chocolate...nahh. The cake looks utterly amazing. Best of luck to you with the contest.

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  6. So great to hear that your blog has become such a postive force in your life. I would not be able to stop smiling eating this cake! In fact, it makes me smile just looking at it. Lucky mom!

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  7. Lawsy Mercy! this cake looks AMAZing! Wonderful entry! I can't drink wine AND cook, I admire that you can :-). see you in round two Sister

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  8. That's so great that your enjoy cooking and blogging. I am the exact same way..I love to cook and love to share it with loved ones. It really is a form of meditation.
    Your cake looks wonderful too! Love the shot of the layers..very beautiful!

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  9. I love all the layers in this cake- more frosting opportunities! And that homemade butterscotch in the frosting? YUM!

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  10. This was a great post and definitely a drool-worthy cake. :) I have a few friends that love love love chocolate mixed with caramel and they would just die if I made this for them, your mom is a lucky gal! Good luck with PFB!

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  11. I love the layers.
    I'm keeping an eye out for chocolate cakes.. for my hubby's birthday in 2 months time, and I've got this in view.
    Thanks.

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  12. What a wonderful tribute for your Mom! The cake looks outrageously beautiful and delicious.

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  13. I love this recipe and I totally agree, you need love when you are baking especially.

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  14. Your cake looks divine! Good luck with the contest!

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  15. I really like how you used the cake as an analogy to your personality -- it was a very unique idea as an entry. And the cake looks AMAZING. Good luck!

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  16. Amazing cake! Butterscotch is soooo yummy.
    Good luck on PFB...you're off to a great start!

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  17. That cake looks amazing, I think I would eat the whole thing!

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  18. Sumptuous and mouth watering- loveeed it!

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  19. I came to check out the competition and you look strong! Good Luck. GREG

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  20. You're my favorite baker anyway - and this looks great! Wonderful allegory too.

    I would say that you are a shoo in for Round 2, but unfortunately at some point, I'm going to have to take you down... ;)

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  21. Caramel, chocolate...What a fabulous cake! I wish you all the best with the challenge!

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  22. Looks gorgeous! You have my vote! May I have a slice??

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  23. Thanks for your vote! Voting for you as well :)

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  24. Thanks for the vote! I sent one right back at ya!

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  25. Great post! That cake looks mouthwatering. I voted for you! =)

    Good luck!

    Check out my PFB post: http://www.foodbuzz.com/project_food_blog/challenges/1/view/503

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  26. Simply beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  27. Eat good food and do what you love, that is my motto

    True words were never spoken. You got our vote!

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  28. That's a great looking cake!! I just gave you a vote! You can check out my entry here: http://tinyurl.com/2ec2hlq Thanks and Good Luck!

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  29. Voted....good luck.
    mine is
    http://www.foodbuzz.com/project_food_blog/challenges/1/view/263
    cake looks fabulous..

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  30. Well said! Nicely done. I agree with you that this contest will be pushing me out of my comfort zone, too. Well, if I make it that far. I have a feeling it won't be a problem for you. :-)

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  31. Yum!! Your cake looks delicious. Great step by step photos. I can't wait to make this cake for myself. Best of luck in the competition. You've got my vote.

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  32. hey ya! you have a lovely blog here. Stumble upon your blog through foodbuzz. :) I voted for your blog. hope that helps. Good Lucky !!!! feel free to drop by!!


    have a lovely weekend
    jen @ www.passion4food.ca

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  33. Congratulations, Megan! You're in to the following round. So, wishing you all the best.
    Kristy

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  34. Oh my - what a fabulous cake. Sounds really wonderful. Great pictures.

    :)
    ButterYum

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