Choc iced caramel cake

SERVES 10 COOK 35 MINS De­li­ciously gooey and rich, you won’t be able to re­sist a sec­ond slice!

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240g but­ter, soft­ened 450g plain flour 15g bak­ing pow­der 500g sugar 4 eggs 2 tsp vanilla ex­tract 300ml milk 90g dark cho­co­late, suit­able for melting CARAMEL CREAM 2 x 400g cans sweet­ened con­densed milk 120ml wa­ter 2 tbsp unsweet­ened co­coa pow­der 300ml whipped cream

1 Pre­heat oven to 180°C. But­ter 2 x 24cm-round cake tins with a lit­tle of the but­ter. Dust with flour. 2 Sift flour and bak­ing pow­der to­gether. 3 Beat but­ter and sugar to­gether in a bowl us­ing elec­tric beat­ers un­til light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beat­ing af­ter each ad­di­tion. Add vanilla. 4 Mix­ing by hand, add half the flour mix­ture and half the milk, beat­ing well af­ter each ad­di­tion. Add re­main­ing flour and milk and mix thor­oughly un­til smooth. Beat us­ing elec­tric beat­ers, if de­sired, for 1 minute. 5 Di­vide bat­ter be­tween pre­pared cake tins and bake for 30-35 min­utes, or un­til puffed and golden. Re­move from oven and leave for 10 min­utes be­fore re­mov­ing cakes from tins. Al­low to cool com­pletely. 6 CARAMEL CREAM Pour sweet­ened con­densed milk into a saucepan with the wa­ter and co­coa and heat gen­tly un­til simmering. Sim­mer for 10 min­utes or un­til smooth, deep golden brown and rich. Cool thor­oughly, then gen­tly fold through the whipped cream. 7 To as­sem­ble, trim the cake for the lower level if nec­es­sary, so that the up­per cake will sit flat on top. Place the lower cake on a wire rack and spoon about two-thirds of the caramel cream over the cake. Sand­wich with the sec­ond cake. 8 Heat dark cho­co­late and, us­ing a fork, driz­zle rib­bons of cho­co­late across the sur­face. Top with re­main­ing caramel cream. Chill un­til ready to serve.

Edited ex­tract from Bake Your Cake & Eat It Too by Ta­mara Mil­stein-new­ing (New Hol­land Pub­lish­ers, $29.99). Avail­able from all good book­stores or newhol­land­pub­lish­

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