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CHOCOLATE-CARAMEL CAKE WITH SEA SALT Recipe by Sportello, Boston Ingredients Cake: Nonstick vegetable oil spray 2¼ cups all-purpose flour ¾ cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder 1¾ teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon kosher salt 3 large eggs 1½ cups sugar 1¼ cups mayonnaise (not low-fat) 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Frosting and assembly: 12 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped ¾ cup sugar 1 tablespoon light corn syrup 1 cup heavy cream 1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature ¾ teaspoon flaky sea salt (such as Maldon) Extra-virgin olive oil (for drizzling; optional)
PREPARATION Special equipment: Three 8″-diameter cake pans
Cake: Preheat oven to 325°. Lightly coat cake pans with nonstick spray and line bottoms with parchment paper; spray again. Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat eggs and sugar until pale and doubled in volume, about 4 minutes. Add mayonnaise and vanilla and beat until just combined. With mixer on low speed, add dry ingredients in 3 additions, alternating with 1⅓ cups lukewarm water in 2 additions, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Scrape batter into pans, dividing evenly. Bake cakes, rotating halfway through, until a tester inserted into the centers comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Transfer pans to wire racks and let cool 20 minutes before turning out onto racks. Let cool completely.
Frosting and assembly: Put chocolate in a medium bowl. Bring sugar, corn syrup, and ¼ cup water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil, swirling pan occasionally and brushing down sides with a wet pastry brush, until mixture turns a deep amber color, 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in cream (mixture will bubble vigorously). Return to medium heat and cook, stirring, until smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour caramel over chocolate and stir until mixture is smooth; let cool, stirring occasionally. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat chocolate mixture, gradually adding butter, until frosting is thickened and smooth, about 1 minute. Chill, stirring occasionally, until stiff enough to spread easily, 20-25 minutes. Place 1 cake layer on a cake stand or platter. Spread 1 cup frosting over to come just beyond edges. Sprinkle with ¼ tsp. salt and place second cake layer on top, pressing down gently. Repeat process with 1 cup frosting and ¼ tsp. salt. Place third layer on top, and spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Just before serving, sprinkle remaining ¼ tsp. salt over top of cake; drizzle slices with oil, if desired.