Berry and Caramel Cake

Fruitastical, Fruitalicious Cake… Oh Yeah, Did We Mention Salted Caramel?

Dripping with caramel
Eater rating: 4.4 / 5  4.425

As a birthday present for our good friend Laurie we’re eating a homemade cake consisting of layers of fresh, moist, yellow cake with raspberry, blueberry, and strawberry preserves. The cake was frosted with a rich caramel cream cheese icing then topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. It was finished with a drizzle of freshly-made salted caramel sauce.

A: now you know sweets aren’t my thing, but i can sure dig on some salted caramel! I have to admit, the caramel was the best part of this whole thing for me.
T: The caramel was best when it was warm and sitting in a measuring cup and eaten with a spoon. MMMmmm that was good.
A: If I recall correctly, you were drinking it at one point. :-P
T: that is correct. I was drinking it. MMMmmmm MMM mm Mmm….. …. Mmm.
A: MMM hmmm! Happy Birthday laurie! Did you enjoy the cake too?
T: Yeah, the cake was awesome. Moist and delicious.
A: My only real complaint was its density. It wasn’t quite light and fluffy, but it was definitely moist and the berry preserves mixed well with the caramel cream cheese frosting.
T: I loved the berry preserves. And the cream cheese frosting. And the fresh fruit on top. I give the cake a 4.6/5. The berries were delish, the caramel was absolutely amazing, and I thought you did a beautiful job of building the layers. What’s your rating?
A: Hmm. I think it gets a 4.25/5 from me. I really did love the caramel, but the density of the cake took away from the score for me. just slightly though. I thought it was an over all good sugar level. You know how some desserts are just kill-you sweet? this one i could get through fairly easily.
T: usually deserts that are kill you sweet are just about right on for me, but I know what you’re saying. Some desserts just taste like sugar. That’s never good.
A: seriously. that’s the best part about salted caramel. it’s just sugar. but for some reason it’s soooooooooooo much more! it’s salty, it’s creamy and sticky and chewy and just down right delicious. I heart caramel.
T: That was a killer description of caramel… chewy.. yes, it is chewy. Mmmm… However, the last thing you said was, how shall I say… extremely cheesy… even kill me cheesy.
A: okay, assmunch. :-P how about, I totally dig the caramel… dude.
T: right on, bro.

23 comments so far:

  1. jef says:

    ZOMG! How can you not like sweets. I think I just died a little bit inside.

  2. chase says:

    Wow and another big wow!!! OMG I am dying to eat this one!

  3. Husband says:

    Okay, I love the idea of drinking the caramel. I admit fully to standing over the food sometimes and thinking… are these people worth it? And usually only guilt and potential failure as a good cook stop me.

    Amanda you may not do sweets, but this is a beautiful one. Love the berries and know the Wife will put this on the list of things I must make when she’s back on sugars.

  4. Butta Buns says:

    Oh wow! Can’t wait to get ahold of the recipe. Every April I do Cake Week at work and bring in a different cake every day. I think I’ll be adding this to the the list.

  5. Amanda says:

    don’t die jef! who would be left in san diego to make me those perfect macarons if you died, and i’ve never even had them….. it’s not that i hate all sweet things. it’s just that 98% of the time i’d rather be eating savory. however caramel… salted caramel especially, is a sweet weakness of mine.

    Thanks Chase! If only you were in San Diego! How is everything coming along with the magazine?

    heheheh Thanks husband! fortunately for us tyler pour his “drinking” caramel into a cup before devouring. :-) I get the same response when i’m making sauces that i can’t wait for. i just want to drink them up! (but i general am able to resist the urge) I’m not going to put up the recipe for the yellow cake because i wasn’t fully satisfied with it, but there are plenty of good yellow cake recipes out there for everyone to follow. I’m sure you’re gonna rock this cake (as you do damn near everything)

    Thanks Butta Buns! how cool… a whole week of cakes?!? no i know i said i don’t like sweets, but cakes are included in the same class as caramel – aka sweets i dig. i can’t wait to see your week of cakes! that’s going to be some intense blogging :-)

  6. MeltingWok says:

    I thought I’m getting into another chocoholic recipe..ooh, this one’s good, me like caramel everything..chewyyy :)

  7. Nicole says:

    Amanda, I think we’ll totally be friends when I move down there! I’m not a huge sweets fan either but you can’t keep me away from caramel!! My favorite dessert is flan (or creme caramel or creme brulee) but give me a slice of fresh baked bread slathered in butter and I’m just as happy any day! Anyway, this cake looks awesome…thanks for another great post while some of us slackers are taking a break!

  8. Freya says:

    I love salted caramel, so good! The cake looks delicious!

  9. maria~ says:

    Duuude! That cake looks to die for! I just love the flavor and texture combination of fresh, tart, juicy fruits and the soft, pillowy, sweet cake!

  10. aria says:

    uhhhhh…..lalalalaaaaaaaaaamanda, salted caramel. now your speaking my native dialect! ooooga ooga, belly rubs….

  11. DENISE says:

    Look at that babe! WHEEEE(:
    Nice one! It’s wonderful ain’t it? It’s not your birthday but you get the goodies too.

  12. Deeza says:

    I LOVE CAKE!!!!

  13. Amanda says:

    melting pot, me too! mmm caramel!

    we definitely will, nicole! just reading about bread and butter is enough to make me hungry. thinking about sweets in general… eh. not so much! I feel like i’ve been a total slacker about posting recently too. I just got a new job and feel like there’s just NO time!

    Me too Freya! salty burnt sugar, mmm mmm mmm!

    dude! maria! i wish you were here so i could have given you some of this cake! we ended up having to throw about a good chunk of it because we just could eat it all!

    heheheheh Soon i will be fluent in Aria-ish! okay, at least i can continue to study the language. :-)

    I know denise! isn’t it great that we get to celebrate all of our friends birthdays with decadence?

    Me too Deeza!

  14. Brilynn says:

    That is one fantastic cake! Mmmm salted caramel…

  15. Char says:

    OOOOOhhh this looks so good. Love the photo. I don’t think mine would turn out this picture perfect though. I LOVE the salted caramel, what a great idea.

  16. peabody says:

    It looks so beautiful that I would want to frame it…but let’s be realistic…it would never last long enough to frame :)

  17. åmy says:

    looks unbelievable – when are you posting the recipe? i can’t wait too much longer…

  18. Marie Battaglia says:

    Hi Amanda,
    This cake looks and sounds amazing. Where can I get the recipe?
    I am a foodie too and a personal chef. I have a cake to make for a birthday celebration and I love to give this a try.
    oh please post this
    Marie

  19. Denise says:

    Where is this heavenly recipe?

  20. Marie says:

    I would love to make this for a birthday coming up.
    Won’t you please post the recipe? Pretty please

  21. Marie says:

    Still thinking about this cake! I’ve tried acouple of variations but nothing looks like this heavenly creation. The Birthday is quickly approaching, I would love to have this recipe.

  22. Kirsten says:

    I know you won’t put up the cake recipe, but how about the recipe for the frosting and salted caramel?

  23. Gary says:

    I found this Kirsten:-
    Salted Butter Caramel Sauce
    From The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz
    Makes 1½ cups (375 millilitres)
    85 grams butter, salted or unsalted
    150 grams (3/4 cup) sugar
    250 millilitres (1 cup) heavy cream
    ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    1¼ teaspoons coarse salt
    Melt the butter in a large, deep heavy-bottomed saucepan. Stir in the sugar and cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar is a deep golden brown and starts to smoke.
    Remove from the heat and immediately and quickly whisk in half of the cream until smooth (wear an oven mitt since the mixture will steam and splatter, and may bubble up furiously). Stir in the rest of the cream, then the vanilla and salt. If there are any lumps of caramel, whisk the sauce gently over low heat until they’re dissolved. This sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. Rewarm it gently in a microwave or by stirring in a saucepan over very low heat.

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