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Salted caramel chocolate mini cakes

Salted Caramel Chocolate Mini Cakes

Prep

30 mins

Bake

12-15 mins

Serves

12

Difficulty

Medium
Salted caramel chocolate mini cakes

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Mini cakes are so dainty and quick to bake. These take less than half the time of a full cake to bake, saving you time and energy. You can really make these chocolate mini cakes your own by substituting the salted caramel with jam, sauces, or spreads that you already have at home. Using golden caster sugar for the caramel brings a wonderful flavour compared to white caster sugar, adding that extra depth to your salted caramel.

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How to make the Mini Chocolate Cakes

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 220°C/Fan oven 200°C /425°F/Gas mark 7. Grease 12 to 16 mini cake molds and set aside.

Step 2

Sift the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder into a bowl and set aside.

Step 3

In a mixing bowl, add the sugar, butter, oil, salt, and cream until light and fluffy.

Step 4

Add the eggs one at a time, mixing in between until well incorporated.

Step 5

Pour in the dry ingredients previously set aside and mix until well combined.

Step 6

Add vanilla, and coffee mixture and combine until fully incorporated.

Step 7

Fill your cupcake molds halfway with the batter (more and they will overflow).

Step 8

Bake on the middle shelf for 12-15 minutes or until the cakes pass the skewer test.

Step 9

Allow your cakes to cool down for a few minutes and gently unmould onto a cooling rack.

How to make the Chocolate Ganache

Step 1

Pour the double cream into a saucepan, add the coffee, and bring just to a simmer.

Step 2

Finely chop your chocolate and place it in a separate bowl. Pour over the hot cream, add the vanilla, and set aside for a few minutes. Stir the mixture until smooth and glossy.

Step 3

Cover to touch with some cling film and place in the fridge for about 1hr or until it has firmed up.

Step 4

Whip until light and fluffy.

Step 5

Pour the whipped ganache into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle, ready to pipe.

How to make the Salted Caramel

Step 1

In a small saucepan, add the golden caster sugar, and the water, and place over medium heat. Allow cooking without stirring until it is cooked to a deep amber color.

Step 2

Stir in the salted butter and mix until combined.

Step 3

Pour in the double cream in a slow steady stream while constantly mixing.

Add in the vanilla, and salt and allow to boil down for 2mn.

Step 4

Take off the stove, and pour into a jar. Close with the lid and refrigerate until ready to use.

Adding the parts together

Step 1

Slice each mini cake diagonally into two.

Step 2

Pipe a layer of whipped ganache around the edges of the bottom later leaving a gap in the center.

Step 3

Pipe some salted caramel into the gap.

Step 4

Top with the second layer of cake and pipe a ganache on top.

Step 5

Decorate the top with fruits, cake sprinkles, or to your taste.

Ingredients – 10 items

Serving

1

Flour

Self raising flour

150 g
Baking-powder

Baking powder

1 tsp
Cocoa-powder

Cocoa powder

40 g
Fairtrade Golden Caster

Fairtrade Tate & Lyle Golden Caster Sugar

150 g
Salt-table

Salt

1 / 2 tsp
Eggs

Eggs

3
Butter

Butter

At room temperature, cut into pieces

100 g
Rapeseed-oil

Sunflower oil

90 g
Vanilla

Vanilla extract

1 tsp
Lemon-juice

Juice of one lemon

1 tsp

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