More often than not, my dessert making is fueled by a serious “must-have-something-sweet-now” sugar craving. Which means I’m usually whipping up something quick and easy (like Nutella strawberry fools or brown butter rice krispie treats). But sometimes I crave the baking process almost as much as the delicious results. And sometimes that just so happens to coincide with a birthday, and a layer cake just begs to be made.
Fair warning: this chocolate caramel layer cake requires patience, some frosting skills (which I’m still working on, as you can see), and a candy thermometer. But you will be rewarded with chocolate cake perfection sandwiched with gooey salted caramel and heavenly brown butter caramel cream cheese frosting, plus the sweet satisfaction of making a layer cake from scratch, more compliments than you can count, and an extremely happy birthday girl. (more…)