Caramel Chocolate Poke Cake
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The perfect sweet and salty dessert that will leave your taste buds wanting more!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: Approx 20 servings
  • - ¼ Cup butter
  • - 2 cups sugar
  • - 1 Cup light corn syrup
  • - ½ tsp salt
  • - 1 Cup whipping or heavy cream
  • - 2½ tsp vanilla extract
  1. ** If you're in a hurry or don't want to mess with making your own caramel sauce, just use a jar of your favorite caramel sauce from the store and skip to step 11.
  2. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat on the stove.
  3. Increase heat to medium-high. Add sugar and corn syrup and mix until well blended.Chocolate Caramel Poke Cake Sugar Mix
  4. Add the salt and combine with a spatula.
  5. Slowly stir the mixture until it comes to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat to medium low and let boil 4 minutes without stirring.
  7. Remove from heat and slowly stir in the whipping cream. Be careful and don't pour too much in too quickly. It might spatter and could burn. Stirring nice and slow will help get the cream mixed in smoothly as well.
  8. Return to medium low heat and continue cooking without stirring until mixture is 245°F on a candy thermometer.Chocolate Caramel Poke Cake Boiling Caramel Sugar Mix
  9. *Note: This makes the caramel a firm chewy candy. You'll probably have to cut the caramel on the cake with kitchen shears, but I love the chewy texture. For most people, a caramel sauce will be more to your liking. There's lots of recipes, but I've never tried any and don't have a favorite to point you to. You can even add sea salt to the sauce and make it salted caramel sauce if you'd like.
  10. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Chocolate Caramel Poke Cake Caramel
  11. Pour caramel over the cake (recipe above). If your cake is domed after you bake it, you can use a spatula to pull the caramel back to the middle as it soaks in and cools down.Chocolate Caramel Poke Cake Caramel Cake Topping
  12. If desired, sprinkle caramel with sea salt before it cools too much. If the top has already started to firm up, you can gently press the salt into the caramel with the palm of your hand. Be careful, the caramel will still be hot!Chocolate Caramel Poke Cake Caramel Cake Salted
  13. Allow to cool completely (2-3 hours). Slice and serve topped with whipped cream, pretzel sticks and M&M's® Red, White & Blue Milk Chocolate for the perfect sweet and salty ode to America.Chocolate Caramel Poke Cake Piece Missing
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