A Delicious, Dreamy, Sweet & Salty Cake that everyone will enjoy. A Salted Caramel Drip Cake to beat all others, the true showstopper!
Recently I was asked to make my friends Birthday Cake, so I had to oblige.. I mean, it was just so difficult to bake a cake that was damn delicious and then eat a majority of it. But anyway, she let me make a recipe out of it, so we had a great deal going on! I didn’t know what flavour to use, but then I remembered she has an obsession with all things Salted Caramel, so this was obviously going to be the flavour. I used the same cake recipe that I have used a few times now, such as in my Caramac Cake, and my Biscoff Cake.
Using the Light Brown Sugar in the cake sponge gives it a natural caramel flavour, and also keeps the sponge so moist and delicious. I bake mine into three layers as I find this easiest, but you can make two deeper cakes with the same amount of filling, just reduce the oven temperature to 140C and bake for a lot longer! My Salted Caramel Cupcakes, and Rolo Cupcakes provided the frosting and decoration inspiration for this. Using the same frosting as the cupcakes, and oodles of Rolos we had an absolute winner here.
As all the other Drip Cakes I have made so far has used chocolate, I decided to go with a salted caramel sauce. I used Carnations Caramel from the supermarkets as its ready made, and perfect for the buttercream and drip. I loosed my caramel as mentioned in the method, but used some disposable piping bags to do the drip, like I do in all of my cakes. I use the disposable piping bags for ALL of my drizzles whether its on cupcakes, cheesecakes, or drip cakes.. its so much easier to use a little disposable bag which you can just snip the end off and use, and then chuck away! I only cut off about 1/3cm on the end of the bag, and edge it over to create the drips. I don’t push each drip that far at all as the caramel drips further than a chocolate ganache will, and you don’t want it to puddle tooooo much at the bottom!
I decided to add the stereotypical ‘Jane’s Patisserie’ flair to my cake by piping round the cake with some of the leftover buttercream, adding loads of Rolos, and then some fudge and chocolate sprinkles. I just can’t resist it! I love Drip Cakes, and I love caramel.. this is obvious, but I love it. I seriously hope you love this recipe as much as I do, enjoy!
This recipe makes a 3-layer cake – serves 12-15+!
– 400g Unsalted Butter, softened
– 400g Light Brown Sugar
– 400g Eggs (roughly 7 Large Eggs)
– 400g Self-Raising Flour
– 2tsp Baking Powder
– 4tbsp Whole Milk
Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting
– 250g Unsalted Butter, softened
– 600g Icing Sugar
– 175g Carnations Caramel
– Pinch of Sea Salt
– Carnations Caramel
– Pinch of Sea Salt
– Salted Caramel Buttercream *above*
1) For the cake – Heat the oven to 180C/160C Fan and line three 20cm/8inch sandwich cake tins with baking parchment – leave to the side.
2) In a stand mixer, beat together the butter and light brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the flour, eggs, baking powder and beat again briefly till combined – try not to overbeat! If its really thick, mix in the whole milk to loosen. Divide the mixture between the three tins and smooth it over – bake for 25-30minutes until the cakes are golden and when the cake springs back (skewer should also come out clean)
3) Once baked, leave the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, and then remove and leave to cool fully on a wire rack. If the cake has domed slightly, leave the cake to cool upside down to flatten it slightly.
4) For the Decoration – In a stand mixer, beat the butter with an electric mixer until it is smooth and loose and then beat in the icing sugar 1/3 at a time until its fully combined. Keep beating the buttercream for 5-6 minutes on a medium speed so it starts to get fluffier and lighter.
5) Add in the carnations caramel and beat again with a pinch of Sea Salt and beat again for 3-4 minutes. Taste it, and if its salty enough then leave it, if not, add a little more and beat again.
6) Once the cakes are cooled, put the first layer on the serving plate spread some of the buttercream onto the top of the first layer, add the second cake on top, and then top again with some of buttercream and then add the final sponge layer. Only use about 2 tbsp of buttercream per layer so that you have enough to decorate with!
7) With the leftover buttercream, as you can see, I covered the sides (and top) too! Do a first layer of around the edge and top using a large metal scraper and refriergate for 10 minutes. Repeat again with a slightly thicker layer of buttercream. I slather it on all over using an off-set spatula, and then run the metal scraper round till its smooth. The more you put on, the thicker it’ll be as because you are making it smooth, more comes off than you realise with smoothing it over.
8) Once finished, loosen the rest of the tin of Carnations Caramel with a spatula and in a bowl with a pinch of salt.. beat it really hard. Microwave it in a heatproof bowl for 10 seconds and beat again. Using a disposable piping bags, pipe it round the edge of the cake, edging over slight bits to create the drip. You don’t need to use too much per drip as it’ll drop quite far down by itself! Fill in the top with more caramel so the top is also covered. Refrigerate the cake for about 15 minutes.
9) Pipe on the rest of your Salted Caramel Buttercream, and put on some Rolos, and sprinkles! Don’t pipe the buttercream too close to the edge of the cake as the weight might make it fall down (because of being on the caramel) so move it in slightly like I have! Enjoy!
Tips and Ideas
All of the decorations are completely optional – but I love this style of cake! To make a smaller version of the cake, use 300g of everything in the cake mixture rather than 400g (and it might take an extra 5-10 minutes to bake) and use 2/3 of the decoration recipes!
This cake will last in an airtight container for 3 days!
I used the Carnations Caramel – not condensed milk, but the caramel by the same brand. You can also use Dr Oetker Salted Caramel fillings, just don’t add more salt to it. You want a thick caramel to use, not a thin sauce.
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