Chocolate Cake with Caramel & Marmite Buttercream

Yields: 8 Servings Difficulty: Medium Prep Time: 15 Mins Cook Time: 40 Mins Total Time: 55 Mins

Marmite; love it or hate it, you will adore this cake!  This cake is wonderfully light with a salted caramel buttercream.  Will your friends & family guess the secret ingredient?


0/12 Ingredients
Adjust Servings
    For the cake
  • For the Caramel & Marmite Buttercream
  • For the decoration


0/9 Instructions
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160°C Fan/Gas Mark 4 and line two 18cm cake tin with baking parchment.
  • In a bowl melt the chocolate over a pan of simmering water, make sure the bowl does not touch the water. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon or electric whisk until it is light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks one at a time, and beat well after each egg, now add the melted chocolate and ground almonds.
  • In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until you have soft peaks. Using a large metal spoon gently fold through the flour and egg whites until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour the cake mixture into the two cake tins, spread evenly and bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes.
  • Remove the cake tins from the oven and set aside until cooled slightly and turn out onto a wired rack.
  • For the caramel Marmite buttercream, melt the butter in a large pan over a low heat. Now add the brown sugar, milk and Marmite, stir until it starts to boil. Let the mixture boil for 1 minute and then place into a large bowl. Taste the mixture and add more Marmite if necessary.
  • Now add half of the icing sugar using a whisk and leave to cool thoroughly mixing occasionally throughout the cooling. When fully cool mix through the remaining icing sugar if it is still runny add more until you have a spreadable consistency.
  • To assemble the cake, spoon a third of the buttercream over one of the cakes and sandwich with the other cake. Now cover the whole of the cake with the buttercream using a palette knife and top with flaked chocolate. Enjoy!

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