Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Cake

Indulge in the ultimate dessert experience with our Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Cake. This decadent creation combines the rich flavors of chocolate, the creamy goodness of cheesecake, and the irresistible allure of salted caramel into a show-stopping treat that will leave your taste buds dancing with delight. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply craving a sweet escape, this recipe is sure to satisfy your dessert dreams.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

For the Chocolate Cake Layers:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

For the Cheesecake Filling:

  • 16 oz (2 cups) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the Salted Caramel Sauce:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp sea salt (adjust to taste)

For the Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Additional Garnish (optional):

  • Additional salted caramel sauce
  • Chocolate shavings or curls

Preparation Steps:

1. Prepare the Chocolate Cake Layers:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed until well combined.
  • Gradually stir in the boiling water until the batter is smooth. The batter will be thin; don’t worry; this is normal.
  • Pour the batter evenly into the prepared cake pans.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

2. Prepare the Cheesecake Filling:

  • In a mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth.
  • Add the sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Beat until well combined and creamy.

3. Make the Salted Caramel Sauce:

  • In a heavy saucepan, heat the granulated sugar over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until it melts and turns amber in color.
  • Add the butter and stir until it’s completely melted and incorporated into the caramel.
  • Slowly pour in the heavy cream while stirring continuously. Be cautious, as it may bubble up.
  • Remove from heat, stir in the sea salt, and let it cool.

4. Assemble the Cake:

  • Place one of the cooled chocolate cake layers on a serving platter.
  • Spread a layer of cheesecake filling evenly over the cake layer.
  • Carefully place the second chocolate cake layer on top of the cheesecake layer.
  • Pour the salted caramel sauce over the top, allowing it to drizzle down the sides of the cake.

5. Prepare the Chocolate Ganache:

  • In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream until it’s hot but not boiling.
  • Remove from heat and add the chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.

6. Finish and Decorate:

  • Pour the chocolate ganache over the top of the cake, letting it cascade down the sides.
  • Drizzle additional salted caramel sauce over the ganache.
  • If desired, garnish with chocolate shavings or curls.

7. Chill and Serve:

  • Refrigerate the cake for a few hours or until the cheesecake layer is set.
  • Slice and serve this heavenly creation to your delighted guests or enjoy it as a special treat all to yourself. Each bite is a harmonious blend of sweet, salty, creamy, and chocolaty goodness. Enjoy!

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