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Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake with Pear Compote Filling

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Chocolate cake with a pear compote filling with a salted caramel frosting and chocolate ganache.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CHOCOLATE CAKE:
  • ¼ cups Canola Oil
  • 1 cup Butter, Melted And Cooled
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 whole Eggs
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 whole Egg Yolks
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup Hot Coffee
  • FOR THE PEAR COMPOTE:
  • 3 whole Pears, Peeled, Cored And Diced
  • ½ Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • ⅓ cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoons Nutmeg
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • FOR THE SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE:
  • ¼ cups Butter, Melted
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cups Heavy Cream
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Vanilla
  • FOR THE SALTED CARAMEL FROSTING:
  • 1 cup Butter, Softened
  • ¾ cups Caramel Sauce
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • ½ teaspoons Sea Salt
  • FOR THE GANACHE:
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 12 ounces, weight Chocolate Chips

Preparation

For the chocolate cake:
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease two 9-inch cake pans and line with parchment paper.

Melt oil, butter, and chocolate together in the microwave, heating in 30-second increments and stirring until smooth. Set aside to cool.

In medium bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In bowl of stand mixer, mix eggs, sugars, and vanilla. Add cooled chocolate mixture and mix. Alternate adding flour and yogurt, continuing to mix until just combined. Stir in coffee just until incorporated.

Divide batter between pans and bake for 40 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

For the pear compote:
Combine all compote ingredients in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until sauce begins to thicken, 3–5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

For the salted caramel sauce:
In medium, microwave-safe bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, and heavy cream, whisking until smooth. Heat in microwave on high for 2 minutes. Remove and stir.

Heat on high for 2 more minutes until bubbly and slightly thickened. Stir. Heat for an additional 30 seconds to one minute if needed.

Stir in salt and vanilla and let cool—mixture will thicken as it cools.

For the salted caramel frosting:
In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream butter and caramel sauce. Add sugar 1 cup at at time, adjusting from 3–4 cups depending on preference. Add salt and beat until light and fluffy.

For the chocolate ganache:
In medium microwave-safe bowl, microwave cream and chocolate chips in 30-second increments, stirring in between. Repeat until smooth. Set aside to cool.

To assemble, place one cake layer on cake stand. Pipe frosting around top edge of cake. Fill with compote. Top with second cake layer.

Frost with caramel frosting. Pour ganache on top. Garnish with fresh pear, caramel sauce, and/or large granular sea salt if desired.

Serve! Refrigerate leftovers.

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