Chocolate Caramel Butterscotch Cake & a Contest Entry

Chocolate Caramel Butterscotch Cake & a Contest Entry

div style="text-align: center;"div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/divspan style="font-size: large;"bispanCooking keeps me sane, it is the molasses in my life, slows me down and keeps me sweet./span/i/b/spanbr /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/QuuIeLzsyh8/TJUYflBUI/AAAAAAAAAe0/NZUmCGsqzc4/s1600/slice+of+cake.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/QuuIeLzsyh8/TJUYflBUI/AAAAAAAAAe0/NZUmCGsqzc4/s1600/slice+of+cake.jpg" //a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/divbr /div style="text-align: justify;"spanDo you see this cake? Do you see it's layers of loveliness?  If you would pick this cake apart, layer by layer, ingredient by ingredient, you would see a slice of me. A bit of caramel that goes with the flow, chocolate for sass, butterscotch to help /spanspanme remember my roots /spani(I do have some Scottish in me somewhere)/ispan, cream cheese to remind me that life takes on all shapes and sizes, butter to remind me to be sweet, salt for when life gets tough and most of all span style="color: red;"♥♥♥ Love/span. Those of you who have been with me since the beginning of my blog know thatspan style="color: red;" /span/spanilove/ispanspan style="color: red;"... is my single most important ingredient./span No matter the recipe, my heart is always present when I am in the kitchen, my mind stops racing, my breathing calms..., I focus /spani(and have a glass of span style="color: #4c1130;"wine/span)/ispan - cooking becomes my meditation for life. It is the activity I do every day that keeps me centered, sane and present. I share my food and love with those around me, letting myself be inspired and going with my personal passion./spanbr /br //div/divdivThis blog has brought me to a new place in my life. With every post, I grow. What more could I ask for? Without change, there is no growth. I create and serve food that makes me smile and those around me smile too. Eat good food and do what you love, that is my motto. Make it with love and give it away..... it will all come back to you in the end. Beginning this blog was the best thing I could do for myself. Foodalution=evolution .... watch me grow!br /br /div style="text-align: center;"div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/divbr /span style="font-size: large;"ubChocolate Caramel Butterscotch Layer Cake/b/u/spanbr /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/QuuIeLzsyh8/TJUZFOnCYeI/AAAAAAAAAe4/1bfm4GW9444/s1600/chocolate+caramel+cake.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="388" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/QuuIeLzsyh8/TJUZFOnCYeI/AAAAAAAAAe4/1bfm4GW9444/s400/chocolate+caramel+cake.jpg" width="400" //a/divbr //div/divdiv style="text-align: justify;"div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/divspanNow enough about me and on to that cake! This chocolaty, caramel, butterscotch cake is for my /spanmothespanr. This is the one cake she is always, 100% of the time, in love with /spani(my sister too)/ispan. How to please your mother, we always wonder don't we? I have found the answer, make her this cake!/span/divdiv style="text-align: justify;"br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/divubChocolate Caramel Butterscotch Layer Cake/b/ubr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/QuuIeLzsyh8/TGF2PH0qnuI/AAAAAAAAAYE/kbWSdaZ9DFY/s1600/9+inch+chocolate+cake.jpg" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/QuuIeLzsyh8/TGF2PH0qnuI/AAAAAAAAAYE/kbWSdaZ9DFY/s320/9+inch+chocolate+cake.jpg" width="240" //a/divbr /buFavorite  Chocolate Cake/u/bbr /div2 cups sugar/divdiv3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Valrohna preferred)/divdiv1 and 3/4 cup flour/divdiv1.5 tsp baking powder/divdiv1.5 tsp baking soda/divdiv1 stick of melted butter /divdiv2 eggs /divdiv1 cup buttermilk/divdiv1 cup hot (not boiling) water with 1 TBS instant espresso powder dissolved./divdivbr //divdivIn large mixing bowl whisk together your dry ingredients except your cocoa powder. Sift your cocoa powder into the other ingredients and whisk again. Attach mixing bowl to mixer with paddle attachment. Add butter and eggs and mix slowly until moistened. Add buttermilk and mix for a minute. Add hot water and mix again for about 1.5 minutes. Measure the batter and pour, cup by cup into prepared 9" round pans. Measuring the batter will help keep the cakes even.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Test for doneness. Let cool. Slide knife around edge of pan after 10 minutes and tap out cake onto cooling rack. Let cool completely. /divbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/QuuIeLzsyh8/TI1gJ4zOPUI/AAAAAAAAAeI/oBUI0jeB3Jc/s1600/caramel+sauce.jpg" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"img border="0" height="150" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/QuuIeLzsyh8/TI1gJ4zOPUI/AAAAAAAAAeI/oBUI0jeB3Jc/s200/caramel+sauce.jpg" width="200" //a/divspanspan style="font-size: small;"buButterscotch Cream Cheese Frosting/u/b/span/spanbr /span style="font-size: small;"span3 packages cream cheese - room temp - span style="font-size: x-small;"Organic Valley preferred/span/span/spanbr /span style="font-size: small;"span2 sticks unsalted butter, softened./span/spanbr /span style="font-size: small;"span1 cup powdered sugar/span/spanbr /span style="font-size: small;"spandash  of salt/span/spanbr /spanspan style="font-size: small;"1 recipe worth of a href="http://www.foodalution.com/2010/09/homemade-butterscotch-and-caramel-sauce.html"Homemade Butterscotch Sauce - room temp./a/span/spanbr /br /divdiv style="text-align: justify;"span style="font-size: small;"Cream butter and cream cheese until very smooth. Add in sugar and a dash of salt. Cream ingredients again, you will want all the lumps out of your frosting. Add in the Butterscotch Sauce. Mix again until blended. If using right away, leave out. Otherwise, refrigerate in sealed container. Take out at least 2 hours before frosting. You want it to be quite spreadable, like mayonnaise, when frosting. /spanbr /br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/divubLayering the Cake/b/ubr /divbr //divdiv style="text-align: justify;"spanSlice cake layers in half. Place first layer on cake plate. Spoon caramel onto the cake layer, spread over the entire layer, leaving a 1"2 inch space from the edge. Place layer into freezer for 10 minutes to firm up the caramel. Pull out of freezer and spoon on the butterscotch cream cheese frosting. Spread out over caramel. Do not worry if the caramel and cream cheese frosting mix. It will give it a tye-dye frosting effect. Repeat with the next 2 layers. Put on a crumb coat, place in fridge for at least 40 minutes and then apply final coat. Decorate as you wish./spanbr /br //divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/QuuIeLzsyh8/TJUZ7LrAG4I/AAAAAAAAAe8/ldg3gdHYT2U/s1600/cake+chocolate+caramel.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/QuuIeLzsyh8/TJUZ7LrAG4I/AAAAAAAAAe8/ldg3gdHYT2U/s640/cake+chocolate+caramel.jpg" width="480" //a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/divspan style="font-size: large;"span style="font-size: small;"br //span/span/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"/divdiv style="text-align: justify;"span style="font-size: small;"spanEnjoy your cake with a smile on your face!/spana href="http://www.foodbuzz.com/projectfoodblog/contestants/1075/edit" My official link to Project FoodBlogspan id="goog757893590"/spanspan id="goog757893591"/span is here./aspan  /span/spanspan style="font-family: Arial; font-size: x-small;"span style="font-size: small;"spanVoting Open: 6am PT September 20 - 6pm PT September 2. ♥♥♥ I would appreciate your vote! 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