Chocolate and salted caramel cake (a.k.a caramel explosion)

chocolate and caramel cake

Another PhD defense means another celebratory layer cake. This one was absolutely ridiculous, and by ridiculous, I mean insanely good. Two layers of moist chocolate cake with homemade salted caramel sandwiched between the layers and then drizzled over top, then the whole thing topped with dark chocolate glaze. RIDICULOUS!

I nicknamed this cake “caramel explosion” because that was kind of what it looked like by the time it got to McGill. There was caramel everywhere! People ate it up within minutes. The “problem” was that upon transporting the cake by metro, and possibly also with the humidity in the fridge, the caramel oozed out (more than shown in these photos) and the top layer slid off the bottom layer by a good inch.

chocolate and caramel cake

If you want to make this cake at home (and I’m sure you do!) and to avoid a “sticky situation”, I suggest assembling the cake just before serving, otherwise, you could have a real mess on your hands (like if the cake layers slide off each other in the fridge!). Luckily, each of the recipes can be prepared ahead: the cake layers can be stored, wrapped in plastic wrap (I actually froze them), the caramel can be kept in a jar and is pourable at room temperature, and the chocolate glaze honestly only takes 5 minutes to make. The cake is a breeze to assemble and worth the time required to prepare each recipe. This cake is ridiculously good!

chocolate caramel cake

Chocolate and salted caramel cake (a.k.a caramel explosion)

Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Janice


  • Two 8-inch chocolate layer cakes recipe from Ina Garten found in Food & Wine
  • 1 –1.5 batch salted caramel es, recipe found within <a href="">this post</a>
  • 1 batch chocolate glaze recipe found within <a href="">this post</a>


  1. Level and trim the cake layers.
  2. Place the first cake layer on a serving plate. Top with a thick layer of caramel, letting it drip down the sides a little.
  3. Place the second cake layer on top of the caramel. Top with a thick layer of caramel, letting it drip down the sides a little (or a lot).
  4. Cool the cake for about half an hour in the fridge, then top it with chocolate glaze, allowing the glaze to dribble down the sides.
  5. Serve immediately, or store it (briefly!) in the fridge until you are ready to eat it.


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10 Responses to Chocolate and salted caramel cake (a.k.a caramel explosion)

  1. Torviewtoronto March 8, 2012 at 2:50 am #

    looks fabulous delicious looking cake

  2. RavieNomNoms March 8, 2012 at 2:40 pm #


  3. S.V. March 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    That cake looks dangerously good!

  4. Kiri W. March 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    oooooh, why didn’t I get that cake for my defense? Looks amazing! i love salted caramel to death, and look at that ganache! Yum!

  5. Ana_ILTdP March 8, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    oh my, I am drooling… It looks amazing!

  6. Medeja March 9, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    It looks just gorgeous! Like from the ad! Sweet and temtping.

  7. Deb March 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    All all that flowing sweetness is hard to resist! A very tempting and scrumptious cake!

  8. Charlotte - Ma vie en rose bonbon August 25, 2012 at 3:34 am #

    Janice !!!! I miss you so much my dear !
    Tu fais toujours autant de gâteau qui donne l’eau à la bouche en tout cas. :-))

  9. Lara Trottier July 16, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    OMG, I made this for a birthday at work and it was amazing. I used more chocolate than the recipe called for as I had a 180g bar, I just used the whole thing. It kept the chocolate stiffer so the layers didn’t shift on my way in. This was gone completely in less than 2 hours.

    • Janice Lawandi July 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the cake, and I love your discovery that more chocolate means a stiffer chocolate frosting! Awesome! 🙂

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