November is Happy Birthday for Tea Time Treats: Salted Caramel and Chocolate Fudge Birthday Cake Recipe

November is Happy Birthday for Tea Time Treats: Salted Caramel and Chocolate Fudge Birthday Cake Recipe

November is Happy Birthday for Tea Time Treats:
Salted Caramel and Chocolate Fudge Birthday Cake Recipe

November is Happy Birthday for Tea Time Treats:

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Fudge Birthday Cake Recipe

Tea Time Treats

 Can you believe it, ONE whole year has flown by in a flurry of cakes, pies, tarts, fairy cakes, jam, bread, brioche, pastries, buttercream, parkin, chocolate,  custard, biscuits, cookies, fruit, cherries, icing, marzipan, scones, pancakes,  berries and booze! Yes, it is Happy Birthday to Tea Time Treats, which is ONE year old this month! When I first thought of the idea a year ago, I had a feeling that it may prove popular, but the popularity of this monthly baking challenge has far exceeded my expectations, and Kate (my lovely co-host) and I would like to say a HUGE and HEARTFELT thanks to all of you who have joined in over the past year and made this challenge so successful. You only have to look at past round-up posts to see what an amazing array of recipes have been made, and all in the name of Tea Time Treats

Here is a link to our very FIRST challenge last November:  GINGER and BONFIRE TREATS and we had an incredible THIRTY FOUR entries, from Parkin to Cheesecakes and Bonfire Pies to Ginger Biscuits! So, what is the theme for our FIRST BIRTHDAY Tea Time Treats? Well,  it can only be ONE thing, the theme is:


Vanilla, Strawberry & Rose Victoria Sponge Cake

Vanilla, Strawberry & Rose Victoria Sponge Cake

And, I have made my cake already, a BIG FAT Chocolate Fudge Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Icing, the recipe is below! 

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Fudge Birthday Cake

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Fudge Birthday Cake

Kate and I are looking for any type of cake, BUT, a Celebration Cake would be WONDERFUL, and there will be a PRIZE for the BEST cake recipe and post submitted, the prize is a copy of  Mary Berry’s Ultimate Cake Book

 So, what are you waiting for, liberate those candles, and get weighing that flour and sugar, bake us a cake, and don’t forget, ANY cake is great, but a celebration cake would be FAB darlinks! 

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Fudge Birthday Cake

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Fudge Birthday Cake

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Fudge Birthday Cake

Serves 10 to 12 slices
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Allergy Egg, Wheat
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Gourmet, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Formal Party, Thanksgiving, Valentines day
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
This stunning layer cake is in fact an easy all -in-one cake mixture, which results in a deep, dark chocolate fudge cake with a salted caramel buttercream icing. Sophisticated enough for any birthday or formal party, and yet perfect for Sunday afternoon tea time and the family. Decorate the cake as you like - I used small fudge chunks, grated chocolate and some chocolate coated almonds.



  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  • 140g crème fraiche
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 200g soft dark brown sugar
  • 2 drops vanilla extract
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 170g plain flour
  • 50g cocoa powder (not hot chocolate)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Salted Caramel Buttercream Icing

  • 125g salted butter
  • 2 drops vanilla extract
  • 250g golden icing sugar
  • 1/2 jar (190g) confiture de lait (Dulce de Leche, I used Bonne Maman)


  • 1/2 jar (190g) confiture de lait (Dulce de Leche, I used Bonne Maman)


This stunning layer cake is in fact an easy all -in-one cake mixture, which results in a deep, dark chocolate fudge cake with a salted caramel buttercream icing. Sophisticated enough for any birthday or formal party, and yet perfect for Sunday afternoon tea time and the family. Decorate the cake as you like - I used small fudge chunks, grated chocolate and some chocolate coated almonds.


Step 1 This is a very easy all-in-one cake mixture. First preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and grease and line two 20cm (8") sandwich cake tins (loose bottom ones are best)
Step 2 Put all of the chocolate fudge cake ingredients into a large mixing bowl and beat well for 3 to 4 minutes with an electric hand whisk, or for 5 to 6 minutes by hand. The mixture is ready when the batter is smooth and fluffy.
Step 3 Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tins and level the tops with the back of a spoon, leaving a slight dip in the middle of the cakes so they rise evenly. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cakes are well risen and are shrinking away from the sides of the cake tins. Remove from the oven an allow to cool in the tins for about 10 minutes, before removing them from the tins and cooling completely on wire racks.
Step 4 To make the salted caramel buttercream icing, put the icing sugar and butter into a bowl with the vanilla extract and whisk until light and fluffy, for about 2 to 3 minutes, Then add the confiture de lait (dulce de Leche) bit by bit, whisking well after each spoonful, check the flavour and add some extra salt if you want it slightly saltier. Set to one side to firm up.
Step 5 Once the cakes are cold, cut each cake into half, and then place one of the cake halves onto a serving platter or cake stand. Spread some of the confiture de lait (dulce de leche) over the cake and then add some salted caramel buttercream icing, and repeat for all the layers until the top cake has been added, Using a palette knife, swirl the remaining buttercream all over the cake, tops and sides and then decorate.
Step 6 I decorated mine with chocolate coated almonds, grated chocolate and some fudge chunks.
Salted Caramel and Chocolate Fudge Birthday Cake

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Fudge Birthday Cake

So, with a FLURRY of FAIRY CAKES, I officially announce that November’s Tea Time Treats Baking Blog Challenge is OPEN!

And, for a Lush round-up of last months PRESERVES, visit Kate over at What Kate Baked



Tea Time Treats Rules and Guidelines:

1. Post your recipe on your blog with a link to Lavender and Lovage and What Kate Baked, mention the relevant month’s host, that’s Lavender and Lovage this month and attach the Tea Time Treats logo as shown on the event page.

2. Add Tea Time Treats in your blog post as a category, label or tag.

3. The recipe can be one of your own or one you’ve seen elsewhere. You are welcome to republish old recipes/posts but please add the information about this challenge.

4. Please be as creative with the theme as you like.

4. If you put your post on twitter please mention @KarenBurnsBooth @katecakeandbake and #teatimetreats in your message and we will retweet all those we see.

5. You do not need to enter every month to join in with the challenge.

6. Your post can be submitted for other blogging challenges, just make sure this complies with the rules of the other challenge.


By way of making entries simpler, and so Kate and I DON’T miss emails in the future, we are testing a new system of entering your recipes this month; ADD your recipe link to the Simply Linked box below; it’s EASY and then all I have to do it swoop around at the end of the month the gather them all up for my MEGA ROUND UP!

NOTE: For the links to work, you MUST have linked back to me for this challenge, as mentioned in the guidelines above! The link for Lavender and Lovage is: and the link for this month’s challenge is:



  1. says

    Happy Birthday to TTT – love it. Love that glorious cake of yours too Karen. you always make your cakes look so lush. And since making mine, I am a big fan of salted caramel cake.

    • says

      Thanks Choclette! The cake is a real cheat as it is just bung it all in a bowl and whisk, but it’s so moist and the salted caramel is a divine addition, as you already know! :-) Karen

  2. says

    excellent theme this month and a very happy birthday to you!… congrats, it is a fabulous challenge and I love taking part.. can you believe it’s been a year already… how time flies when you’re having fun!… plus I get an excuse to bake a cake just for you. xxx

    • says

      Thanks Dom, hasn’t it flown by, doesn’t seem like a year ago that I started this……time does indeed fly when you are having fun and eating cake! Karen

  3. says

    That cake looks gorgeous Karen! I’m sure there must be an opportunity to make a cake sometime in November! Congrats to you and Kate on a really good challenge, there are many things I wouldn’t have bothered to make without the competition of a challenge, long may you continue.

  4. says

    Congratulations on an event that just keeps getting bigger and better. As a once in a blue moon cake baker (you know I’m a savoury gal) I still appreciate the beautiful and calorific exploits of you and your many readers. This cake really got my attention, but I thought it looked quite tricky. But pleasantly surprised with its simplicity and use of a ‘cheats’ ingredient. Delia would be proud! May just have to make this one and share it some friends. Cheers to you and Kate!

    • says

      Thanks Kellie – me too, I am also a savoury gal too, cheese and pies are my downfall! But, now and then, I do like a slice of cake……Karen

  5. says

    Happy Birthday to TTT – can’t believe it’s been a year already, time really does fly when you’re having fun :) I’ve really enjoyed joining the challenge and don’t think I’ve missed one yet. I LOVE birthdays and I LOVE cake and it just happens that I’ve got 2 gorgeous birthday cakes to share this month. Is there a limit to entries? You are going to be completely inundated with cake!! I’ll try to restrain myself ;-P

    • says

      Thanks Ros, that is fabulous! No limit on how may entries you can submit, so I look forward with great anticipation to your cakes…..mmmmmm! You are a gold member of the TTT club, and thanks so much for your support over the last year……Karen

  6. says

    Your gorgeous cake caught my eye which I am definitely going to try and then see if i can bake something to celebrate the Teat Time Treats too as there’s always room for cake in this house :)

  7. says

    Happy Birthday Tea Time Treats! The cake looks absolutely delicious and the photo’s so clear and enticing. I’ll be looking through my cookbooks in a bit : ) Have a lovely weekend!

  8. says

    That does look like a particularly delicious cake Karen – I do love the way the filling is all oozy and delicious. Chocolate and fudge sounds like a great combo. I already know exactly which cake I’m going to submit for this, I think it’ll be perfect. Congrats on your first successful year of Teatime Treats – it feels like it’s been going much longer – surely the sign of a well-established challenge!

    • says

      Thanks Caroline, and a big thanks for all of your lovley entries over the last year too. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for this month. Karen

    • says

      Thanks Laura, it doesn’t seem like a year ago when we first started, and since then there have been hundreds of amazingly tasty recipes entered….Karen

  9. says

    Dear Karen and Kate,

    congratulation with your excellent and quiet funny blog challenge :-) I really appreciate all the work, which you are putting into this virtual tea table. Right now I am in the thinking box, which kind of cake, which I should bake for this 1 year birthday. I wish many happy tea tables to come for Tea Time Treat.

    Many tea greetings Kirsten

    • says

      Thanks so much Kirsten, your comments have made my day… is so nice to hear that you love Tea Time Treats challenge so much, and I need to thank you for your loyal support and all the amazing cakes and bakes you have made over the last year! Thank you too! :-) Kate and I can’t wait to see what you come up with…..Karen xxxx

  10. says

    Wow – twelve months already? Congratulations Karen and Kate. I’ve added my link to my Gingerbread Cottage as suggested by Karen. Thank you for kindly inviting me – I’m not sure it’s ‘cakey’ enough, but perhaps it is apt as your first challenge was ginger! Anyway – heres to another twelve months of our favourite tea time! :)

  11. Sally lea says

    This is delicious looking concoction is going to be one of the first ‘new’ recipes I try for a long time, it will fit perfectly with my family’s tastes and doesn’t have to be delicately sculpted, perfect.

  12. Louise Smith says

    This sounds like heaven, but I can’t wait until November to make it, I may have to make it in January so I will have it to perfection by November!

  13. Andrea MacLeod says

    This Chocolate cake looks amazing! It’s my daughters birthday in February this would be the perfect cake!

  14. Carolin says

    I will have to try this, lots of birthdays coming up at the beginning of the year and one heavily pregnant mouth to feed myself :)

  15. Sammy says

    this cake looks amazing, I will have to try it! We recently made a choclate fudge cake and substituted some of the butter with apple sauce to cut a few calories! still tastes good!

  16. Amanda Oakley says

    Wow – this looks amazing! I think I might make it for my friends’ Birthday in a few weeks time. x

  17. Alicia Roberts says

    Oh my goodness! Salted caramel is my new favourite so I’m going to bake this for some friends who are visiting tomorrow

  18. Sharon Hingley says

    Now this looks wonderful. Love salted caramel and have never seen it in a cake. Will definitely give this a go.

  19. Hannah D says

    This cake looks absolutely divine!! Wonder if I can talk my husband into attempting it for my upcoming birthday…

  20. WandaFish says

    Oh my, the Salted Caramel and Chocolate Fudge cake looks simply divine! I can see that hanging round here is going to be seriously bad for my waist line……

  21. Louise Smith says

    It’s my birthday in March so may leave this recipe in the kitchen as a hint for my husband to make it

  22. Eleanor Wigmore says

    Just spotted this recipe – on payday I shall go buy the ingredients and bake to celebrate the end of January!!!

  23. Mark Whittaker says

    Wow ! Only just found this, as it was at the bottom of a feed I was following. A fantastic recipe that I (almost) have the ingredients to try today. I feel new year’s resolutions flying out of the window ! Just out of interest have you tried Coca cola cake ? It sounds awful, but the few recipes I have found have raved about it.

  24. Rachael G says

    Wow this cake looks outstandingly amazing! I know I’ll be making it for my Hubby’s birthday just so I get to try it!

  25. Rachel Sanders says

    This looks gorgeous. I’m not normally that keen on baking cakes but this has tempted me to get back into the kitchen.

  26. Dee Johnson says

    now this would be a lovely treat. Very unusual but i bet the flavours go together very well. I am looking for recipes for this coming year so will keep this as a definite

  27. Judith Allen says

    I’ve still not tried salted caramel, but I do love salt, and caramel, so maybe this is the place to start. Bet my gran would like it too, she’s 97 and loves salt AND chocolate, so perhaps the two of them in one is her thing.

      • Judith Allen says

        Far too long to wait, I think we’ll have to make it for when we go up to visit in March on my Mum’s birthday. Seems like a perfect time to try it. I’ll let you know how it goes and what everyone thinks of it.

  28. Karen Shuttleworth says

    This looks gorgeous and has made me realise that I’ve never actually made an all in one cake where you just mix everything together, really must have a go!

  29. Susan o says

    I think this cake is going to be perfect for a Valentine’s Day dessert for my family. Is there a better way to say I love you, than with chocolate. Absolutely gorgeous!

  30. ros easton says

    Chocolate Cake … (arrived here via the Round Milk Loaf!) This is all just too much excitement – off to see what else you have on this fab website!

  31. Emma Smith says

    I just want to eat this cake, am definitely going to save it for my birthday cake in a couple of weeks – looks amazing!!

  32. Linda says

    This chocolate cake looks delicious but I bet it’s awfully sinful :(
    But hey, who cares it’s great for a treat and I’m all for spoiling myself from time to time.

  33. gareth stevens says

    That Salted Caramel and Chocolate Fudge Birthday Cake looks lushty and ive printed the recipe as well, i like these blogs :-)

  34. Carrie Talbot-Ashby says

    I’m pretty new to the world of cake-making, I have always been a pastries girl myself! But this looks absolutely divine! I actually found you by accident but so glad I did! Been going through some of your sumptuous looking recipes and at a loss to know which gorgeous recipe I should try first!! But all my family have decided that I try this! 😉 We have three birthdays coming up, so I’ll have a lot of practise! 😉 Thanks! I look forward to reading much more!

  35. Shelley Jessup says

    This sounds amazing! I’m not at this standard with baking but my friend is so I may have to make many hints for my birthday cake!

  36. natalee gosiewski says

    OMG that choc cake looks so mouth watering i thimk as it is school hols me and the kids are gonna do some baking i really have to try your recipe

  37. Allison Lee Sherwood says

    I recently bought a jar of salted caramel from a cider farm in France and have fallen in love with it so this is one recipe I will definately be trying out.

  38. Chantal says

    I wish I had seen this in November. My birthday is in November & I would have loved to have tried one of these recipes for it!

  39. jellie says

    O my goodness this looks so fabulous why have I found this when I’m trying to diet?!! I suppose I could share but honestly I wouldn’t want to! This is my all time dream cake and its going to be my mums birthday cake in a few weeks time! Have to practice before then though my mum always says practice makes perfect!!

  40. Wendy Tolhurst says

    The salted caramel and chocolate birthday cake sounds delicious – my only problem is that we have a small Tesco where we are and I haven’t been able to get the Bonne Maman Dulce de Leche confiture de lait yet. I love salted chocolate/caramel recipes but it strikes me they are a fairly new idea?

  41. Fiona Matters says

    So I made this for my birthday and it was sooo appreciated. I made it as a 6×8 inch square – just cos I find it easier to keep and cut square tins. I made the dulce du leche myself so felt smug about that. Unfortunately I put all the icing together at once so it was a little… crunchy and granular. Still nice though and gives me an excuse to have another go in a bit! The other half ADORED it!

    Shared on twitter.

  42. Fiona Matters says

    I loved this so much I’ve just decided to find an excuse to make it again. Going to make it for my parents when they come round in a couple of weeks to see my new flat (moving on Friday!). Shared on Google+


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