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Chocolate and Caramel Swirl Cake


Chocolate and Caramel Swirl Cake



For the Cake:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup hot water

For the Caramel Filling:

  • 1 cup caramel sauce (store-bought or homemade)

For the Chocolate Glaze:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

For the Decoration:

  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (e.g., peanuts, almonds, or hazelnuts)
  • Chocolate chips or caramel pieces (optional)


  1. Prepare the Cake:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a loaf pan.
    • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
    • Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla extract.
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
    • In a small bowl, mix the cocoa powder and hot water to form a smooth paste.
    • Divide the batter in half. Mix the cocoa paste into one half of the batter.
  2. Create the Swirl:
    • Pour half of the vanilla batter into the prepared loaf pan, spreading it evenly.
    • Pour half of the chocolate batter on top of the vanilla batter. Swirl the batters together gently with a knife or skewer.
    • Repeat with the remaining batters.
    • Drop spoonfuls of caramel sauce on top of the batter and swirl gently.
  3. Bake the Cake:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    • Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Prepare the Chocolate Glaze:
    • Heat the heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until it just begins to simmer.
    • Remove from heat and add the chopped dark chocolate and butter. Let sit for 5 minutes, then stir until smooth and glossy.
    • Let the glaze cool slightly to thicken.
  5. Glaze and Decorate the Cake:
    • Pour the chocolate glaze over the cooled cake, allowing it to drip down the sides.
    • Sprinkle the chopped nuts and optional chocolate chips or caramel pieces over the top of the glaze.
  6. Serve:
    • Slice and serve the cake. Enjoy!


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