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February 5, 2015

Amarula Chocolate Caramel Cake

Amarula Chocolate Caramel Cake ~ Divine, traditional South-African Amarula Chocolate Caramel Cake ~ rich, sweet, moist and a must-have recipe !

I had a request put in a couple of weeks ago, to please make this Amarula Chocolate Caramel Cake as a birthday cake. The request had come from my dear daughter, but I have half an idea that she was asked to make this cake originally !

Well, I am not one to say no to anything Amarula ! Combine that with chocolate and caramel in a cake and you have one heavenly treat.

Amarula Chocolate Caramel Cake ~ Divine, traditional South-African Amarula Chocolate Caramel Cake ~ rich, sweet, moist and a must-have recipe !

Amarula Liqueur is very, very popular in South-Africa and I know it is available in other countries as well - some in stores and others only online. Wherever you are, do try to get hold of a bottle, because the Amarula is really something special and nothing else {which I know of} comes even close to the fantastic taste.

But, if you really, really can not find any, you can use just about any kind of Cream based Liqueur - think Baileys, Cape Velvet, Kahlua ...

This Amarula Chocolate Caramel Cake is very similar to how we also make our traditional, and equally popular, Malva Pudding {which can be made using Amarula too!} by lightly pricking the baked cake with a fork, which might make you think of a poke cake. But it is not a poke cake in the full sense as there is quite a big difference in pricking and poking.

I have found the original recipe in one of our best known cook books, Kook En Geniet, many years ago, and have tweaked it just a tiny bit over time. This is not a high rise cake {although it rises high whilst baking - so be sure to use a deep enough baking tin},  more of a bar height, but after you add the Caramel and whipped Cream, it is a fair serving size and as it is a rich cake, you also do not have to cut the cake into the usual cake sized slices, but rather into bars.

When I baked the cake a couple of days ago, Vince's birthday was on February 1st, I doubled the recipe and baked two cakes, one for them to take home, and one for us ! I used a round loose bottom pan for the one cake and a fully lined {baking paper extending over the edges for easy removal after baking} square baking pan for the other cake.

I just about always make my own whipped cream, and in this recipe, I only sweetened the cream very lightly, as the Caramel is so very sweet. Speaking of the Caramel - we have ready-made Caramel Condensed Milk available in cans, but I know it is not available everywhere - just Google how to make your own Caramel by cooking a can of sweetened condensed milk in either water or in the slow-cooker, which is how I made it in the 80's, before we had the luxury of the canned Caramel.


Amarula Chocolate Caramel Cake



10 - 12 Servings

INGREDIENTS:

CAKE:

1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup Boiling Water
3 Extra-Large Eggs
1 cup {minus 2 tablespoons} Sugar
1/4 cup Oil  {I use Sunflower Oil}
1 1/4 cup Flour
2 t Baking Powder
1/2 t Salt

SYRUP:

3/4 cup Sugar
3/4 cup Water
1/4 cup Amarula Liqueur

TOPPINGS:

1 can (397g) Caramel Condensed Milk
2 cups Whipped Cream {homemade or store-bought}
1 Flake Chocolate Bar, crumbled  {or similar}

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - spray and line a 24cm cake pan {see post for suggestions}
2.) Combine the Cocoa and the Boiling Water - stir until the Cocoa has dissolved and the mixture is smooth - set aside to cool.
3.) Beat together the Eggs, Sugar and Oil until thick and creamy - add the cooled Cocoa mixture and beat another minute.
4.) Sift together the Flour, Baking Powder and Salt - add to the Egg mixture and beat until well combined - pour into the prepared cake pan and bake 20 - 25 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
5.) Make the Syrup 5 minutes before the end of the baking time - boil the Sugar and Water together for 4 - 5 minutes, stirring regularly - remove from the heat and stir in the Amarula.
6.) As soon as the cake is done baking, prick several times with a fork - pour over the hot Amarula syrup and let cool completely in the pan.
7.) Remove the cake from the pan and transfer to a serving plate - scoop over the Caramel, top with the Whipped Cream and sprinkle over the Flake Chocolate.

Serve and enjoy !

Amarula Chocolate Caramel Cake ~ Divine, traditional South-African Amarula Chocolate Caramel Cake ~ rich, sweet, moist and a must-have recipe !

16 comments:

  1. Yummmmm! We have Amarula too! (I use it for chocolate martinis! Sssshhh.)

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  2. Oh my goodness please tell me you shared this at my blog hop! ( you can link up through Sat) Hugs!

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  3. I would go for more than one slice!!

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  4. I've never seen or heard of caramel condensed milk before, is there a substitute for that or?

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    1. No substitute as far as I know, but I do give a suggestion in the post on how to make your own {replying here as your e-mail is not attached to your comment}

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  5. Oh wow, I'm not surprised that she put in a request for this cake. It looks mouth watering!

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

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  6. Oh wow Linda, this looks so amazing, yes please :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays...

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  7. I remember looking for that liquer when you shared the Malva Pudding. I need to get in gear - you keep adding stuff that I need to try! ;)

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  8. We have Amarula here in the UK so I think I may well give this gorgeous cake a try! It looks delicious, Linda. Pinned and will tweet :-)

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  9. I was wondering what that was when I seen the title!! It looks to die for!! Hey I would love it if you stopped by and shared your stuff on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party...it's going on now!! I would love to have you!! http://www.cookinandcraftin.com/my-2-favorite-things-on-thursday-link-party-6/

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  10. Hello beautiful! This looks so amazing. I can't wait to try it. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party and we hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We can't wait to party with you! Happy Valentines' Day! Lou Lou Girls

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  11. This looks delish! Thanks so much for stopping by Creative Spark Link Party last week. Hope you stop by again today! http://bit.ly/17pM9dP

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  12. Oh this sounds so delicious and we are snowed in today so maybe I will treat my family to this fab recipe!

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  13. It looks soooooooooo GOOD !
    Definitely my kind of cake :)

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