chocolate molasses cake with salted caramel buttercream

I know that’s a mouthful of a name for a cake but it is a mouthful of goodness.

Just a warning before you read on: I used boiled brown sugar as a substitute for the molasses as I had none and my cake was drier than I would like.

the ingredients 

for the cake

5 tablespoons of butter

1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon of baking soda

2/3 cup of boiling water

1 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of ginger

3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1 egg, at room temperature

2/3 cup of molasses

for the buttercream

1/4 cup of sugar

2 tablespoons of water

1/4 cup of heavy cream

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 teaspoon of salt

12 tablespoons of softened butter

1 cup of powdered sugar

what to do

for the cake

Preheat your oven to 350 and butter + flour two 8 inch cake pans (i only had 9 inch which is why I did half a cake in case you were curious). Stir baking soda into boiling water and set aside.

Sift together flour, cocoa, salt, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in the egg and then beat in the molasses as well as the baking soda+water mixture.

Gradually mix in the flour mixture. Pour evenly into pans and bake 20-30 minutes until the center of the cake springs back. Cool completely.

for the buttercream

Stir sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil at medium-high heat. As it boils, do not stir! You are making caramel here people! Boil 6-7 minutes until dark amber color.

Remove from heat and slowly add in the cream and vanilla. Let cool for 25 minutes.

In a bowl beat butter, salt and powdered sugar. Slowly pour in the caramel, beat and chill for 30 minutes.

Assemble your cake as desired.

I poured more caramel and sprinkled sea salt onto my cake.

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