smoky caramel cake

Photo: Sarah Coates

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Chocolate Cake That's Anything But Basic
The main request The Sugar Hit! blogger Sarah Coates gets from her readers is for what she calls showstopping cakes—big layer cakes, whether they're chocolate and dulce de leche, white chocolate and peppermint or any other brilliant flavor combo. The current number-one showstopper is a rich, chocolate layer cake made with buttermilk (so it's tender and moist), frosted with a Swiss meringue buttercream and drizzled with salted caramel. That alone is enough to thrill readers, but what takes this cake to another level is the smoky sea salt Coates (whose book, The Sugar Hit!, has even more showstoppers) uses to season the caramel, which, in turn, flavors the frosting.

Get the recipe: Smoky Salted Caramel-Chocolate Layer Cake