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!
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
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!
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