Chocolate Cake for Two

November 14, 2011

in American,Cakes,Recipes

Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

Not every guy will admit to his male peers that he and his wife celebrate the anniversary of their first date, especially after being married a few years. I personally think this particular guy is on to something since he and his wife just celebrated the 16th anniversary of their first date. Girls, how sweet is that?

The guy who I’m talking about happens to be my co-worker, and remember, I work in department which is predominantly male. Of course there were a few jokes cracked at his romanticism, when he asked if I would be able to make a small cake for him and his wife to share on their special day, by a couple of guys who overheard the request. But then again, the guys crack jokes about practically everything, —all in good fun.

I chose to make Joe and Anna a chocolate cake, because they both happen to love chocolate and since I hadn’t made a cake for two before I did I little research before I began. When I stumbled upon this recipe on Jen’s blog, I thought perfect! Just what I was looking for.


Chocolate Cake for Two
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Salted Caramel
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
Salted Caramel Frosting
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ⅓ cup salted caramel sauce, room temperature
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. spray two 6 inch cake pans with baking spray, line with parchment paper rounds and spray parchment paper with baking spray.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients, flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Lightly whisk buttermilk, oil, egg, and vanilla in a small bowl. Add to dry ingredients and blend with a handheld mixer for 1-2 minutes. Distribute batter equally between two pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes or, until a toothpick or cake tester come out clean when inserted into the center.
  4. Allow cakes to cool over cooling rack for 5-10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans allow them to come to room temperature. Wrap with plastic wrap and transfer to freezer until ready to frost.
Salted Caramel
  1. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan, with a spoon stir until sugar looks like wet sand place pan over medium-high heat. Allow sugar to come to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low do not stir at this point just keep an eye on it, once caramel is amber color turn heat to a low simmer. Very carefully stir in heavy cream, vanilla and sea salt so it doesn't bubble up too much.
  2. Place salted caramel over an ice bath to speed up chilling process.
Salted Caramel Frosting
  1. In a medium bowl beat butter until light and fluffy, add confectioners' sugar ½ cup at a time until incorporated. Add sea salt and caramel sauce.
  2. Once frosting is ready, remove chocolate cake from freezer and frost.


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Photo Credit: Last four pics taken by Joe.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joseph November 14, 2011 at 8:57 am

Thank you so much for that delicious cake! It was wonderful! Definitely made our wedding anniversary a little sweeter! Oh yeah, and I can’t take credit for taking those pictures with my phone… Those were with my Canon. :)


2 Daydreamer Desserts November 14, 2011 at 9:11 am

It was a pleasure… I stand corrected, I’ll update the post. :)


3 Belinda @zomppa November 14, 2011 at 9:42 am

Aw, what a romantic!! That cake is awesome!


4 Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen November 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm

wow… Celebrating 1st dates! That is one romantic guy… The cake looks moist and yum! :) and beautifully frosted too!


5 Kathia November 14, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Se ve delicioso ese pastel, nunca he hecho uno tan pequeno, a ver si trato un dia de estos.


6 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction November 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Your version of the cake is SO MUCH more beautiful than mine! It looks fabulous. So glad you found what you were looking for!


7 Amalia November 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Wow this looks amazing!! The pictures really do this cake justice. And I think it’s so cute that they celebrate their first date :) Great post!


8 Madonna November 16, 2011 at 2:46 am

Is that a typo (to) meaning two 6 inch pans? I have been looking for a downsized recipe for a long time now that the family has downsized. This looks like the one.


9 Daydreamer Desserts November 16, 2011 at 6:28 am

Yep, that was I typo, just corrected it! Thanks for bringing it to my attention. :)


10 a spoonful of yumm November 16, 2011 at 4:37 am

this cake looks so good ! chocolate is welcome anytime :D


11 Asmita November 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm

This cake looks exquisite. So pretty and such beautiful pictures!


12 Allison November 19, 2011 at 11:08 pm

What a lovely idea! A cake for two! So much better than cupcakes, and with salted caramel… I can’t wait to give this recipe a try!


13 Emma P December 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Did you miss the sugar in the cake batter? I tried the cake on its own last night without the caramel or frosting and it was quite bitter. Do I need to make the caramel and frosting to sweeten the cake?


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