Go ahead. Give in to this cake’s silky smoothness. Subtle, yet indulgent, each bite teases you with just a touch of salt and a hint of vanilla.
In the kitchens of Ovenly—owners Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin’s Brooklyn-based bakeries — experimenting is everything. Their notoriously sweet-and-salty bakery is famous not just for their use of local ingredients, but also their inventive takes on classics. This Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce, currently not on their menu, being just one of them.
Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce
- 14 ounces high-quality chocolate
- 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter or dairy-free buttery sticks
- 6 large eggs
- ½ cup superfine sugar
- ¼ cup dark brown sugar
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ cup light corn syrup or brown rice syrup
- 1 cup heavy cream or dairy-free creamer
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 vanilla bean split and beans scraped into a bowl
Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan and line with parchment paper cut to fit the bottom of the pan. Set the prepared pan inside a 12-inch pan. In a double boiler, heat chocolate and 7 tablespoons butter until fully melted. Stir until smooth. Let cool for about 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, the superfine sugar, dark brown sugar, ¼ cup light brown sugar and the vanilla until fully incorporated. Add the cooled chocolate mixture to the egg mixture; whisk until smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared 9-inch pan. Carefully fill the larger pan with water until it reaches about halfway up the side of the smaller pan. Tightly cover with aluminum foil.
Bake until top of cake is no longer sticky to the touch, about 90 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, then invert the cake onto a plate to cool completely.
In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine the remaining ½ cup light brown sugar, the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, the syrup, ½ cup cream and the salt and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil uncovered until the sauce is very thick and deep golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in the remaining ½ cup cream and return to a boil, stirring constantly until the mixture is perfectly smooth. Stir in the vanilla beans. Pour sauce into a heatproof glass jar; refrigerate until just cool (about 2 hours) and spread a thick layer over the cake. Refrigerate the cake until fully cool, about another hour.