Sunday, 25 November 2012

Sunday Sweets #8 Salted Caramel Chocolate Heart Cake Bites

I made these for Gray in honour of our first anniversary :)  They bring together two of our favourite ingredients, Gray loves chocolate cake and I LOVE salted caramel... mmmmm.  I'm not personally a big fan of chocolate cake so I eat them with a generous dollop of double cream on the side.  I used this Lakeland recipe.

175g unsalted butter, softened
125g soft light brown sugar
100g caster sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
175g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
50g cocoa
pinch of salt
75ml buttermilk
75ml boiling water

1 x jar M&S salted caramel sauce

  • Preheat the oven to 180C / Fan 160C / Gas 4 
  • Cream the butter and sugars til pale and light.  Gradually add the eggs mixing well between each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl from time to time. Add the vanilla extract
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa and salt into the mixture and mix until almost combined.  Add the buttermilk and boiling water and continue to mix until smooth.
  • Transfer the mix to your cake tins.  I choose to use the Lakeland silicone hearts mould which was really easy to use.  I filled each heart with mix and them smoothed the top with a pallet knife scraping off any excess.
  • Bake on the middle shelf of your preheated oven for about 15 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool.  Don't worry if you hearts rise and mis-shapen, carefully cut off the top of the cake (and eat the offcuts if you want ;) ) before you turn out.

The above photo shows how my cakes came out once cooked and the below photo shows what they end up like after being tidied up.

Turn the cakes out onto a wire rack and allow to cool fully.

I chose to fill mine with this amazing salted caramel sauce from M&S.  You could use a chocolate ganache or chocolate butter cream if you prefer.  This stuff is heavenly though so I fully advise trying it!  You could also make your own salted caramel if you really wanted personally this one is so good it's not worth the effort!!

I melted a bit of the caramel in a bowl and added it to half of the cakes then sandwiched the together to make perfect bite sized bits of heaven. 



  1. Oh yum they look amazing, would be a perfect Sunday breakfast ;)

  2. oh my god these look amazing! x

  3. I want some RIGHT NOW! I hope you bring something to the clothe show *hint hint* ;)

  4. Dear loooooord, these look good! I bloomin' love chocolate and salted caramel! Definitely need to be making these next week! xo

  5. I love these and I am so tempted to make some for my boyfriend for our 4 year anniversary this week! They're so cute. I love that salted caramel :) xx

  6. These look DELICIOUS! I love salted caramel too. Have you tried the salted caramel latte in Costa?! So yummy! xxx

  7. These look amazing, your husband is a very lucky guy!


  8. These look so tasty! Just want to lick the screen, and there heart shaped! xx

  9. These look delicious! I have to try some of that sauce! :) x

  10. Oh yum!! I have to get that sauce!

  11. Can I wash the bowl please? :)
    liloo/@tsunimee xx


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