Chocolate Cake with Caramel-Chocolate Frosting & Cashews
Makes about 15 squares. Difficulty
For the cake: 1 cup unsalted butter 1 cup water 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups sugar 2 cups gf flour 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the frosting: 2 14-oz. cans of sweetened evaporated milk 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped cashews
Make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 15x10x1 inch jelly roll pan. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup butter, water and cocoa, stirring constantly, until the butter melts and the mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat and let cool.
In a large bowl, beat the buttermilk, oil, eggs, baking soda and vanilla on medium speed until smooth. Add the cooled cocoa mixture, beating until blended.
In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, gf flour, and salt. Stir well with a whisk. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the cocoa-buttermilk mixture, beating until just blended. (Note: the batter will be fairly thin.)
Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, spread top to smooth. Bake fro 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
Make the frosting: Place the sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, butter and vanilla in a medium saucepan. Bring to a low boil over medium low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened or until it reaches the consistency of pudding. Remove from heat and let cool briefly.
In a double boiler, melt the chocolate with the butter. Let cool briefly.
To assemble cake: Pour the warm caramel frosting over the top of the cake. Sprinkle with cashews. Drizzle with chocolate sauce. Chill for 1 hour. Cut into squares and serve.
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