Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting #ChocolateforJoan
As you may have guessed from the title, today’s recipe is dedicated to chocolate and Joan, the blogger and creator of the widely popular blog, Chocolate, Chocolate and More. She loved loved chocolate and made it a passion to share decadent, indulgent chocolate (and non-chocolate) desserts with anyone who loves chocolate. In the food blogging community, Joan was a rockstar, a pillar and incredible friend. A mentor, generous teacher who will take the time to teach you, advice you and make sure you are doing everything right to maximize your earnings. Being so successful and I’m sure darn right busy, she always made time for anyone who reached out for help, including myself.
Sadly, last week Joan left us. She passed away suddenly leaving behind her three lovely children. This shocking news left a giant pit in my stomach for days as she was way too young to go. I could just imagine the pain of her young children. I lost my dad, the same shocking way, almost 5 years ago and know exactly how it feels to lose a parent so suddenly. One day we were talking about passionfruit and the next day he was gone. One of the most challenging times of my adult life so I can only imagine how difficult it must be for her teenage children. My heart and prayers go out to them.
I was very lucky to meet Joan a few years ago at a Pillsbury event and was just completely smitten by her infectious laugh and charming personality. Since today is National Chocolate Day and we know Joan loves her chocolate, so her friends in the food blogging community are honoring and remembering her legacy today. She’s all about chocolate and enjoying life to it’s fullest while indulging in treats and this chocolate cake with salted caramel frosting is all about decadence.
These Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes are one of my favorite decadent treats and also one of the most popular recipes on this blog. Almost every other week, I get asked if the cupcake recipe can be adapted into a cake. I always reply with a general recipe to the reader but I figured it’s time I posted the recipe here. I used my go-to dark, chocolatey one-bowl chocolate recipe to make this three-layered cake. The cake is filled and frosted with a whipped salted caramel buttercream. Why? Because chocolate and caramel were made for each other. If I am going to eat chocolate, it better be with a salty counterpart. And because Joan will always approve of chocolate and caramel 🙂
Be sure to visit Chocolate, Chocolate and More for all your decadent chocolate recipes. Let’s keep her website and legacy going for her kids. And please keep them in your prayers as they go through this difficult time. Thank you!!
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