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Chocolate Cake With Penuche Frosting, The Verdict

The finished cake

The finished cake

I saw this frosting recipe on Food52, it is family recipe from editor Lindsay Jean Hard and thought a caramel frosting would be nice on the cake. The frosting couldn’t be easier to make. I doubled the recipe because the recipe frosted an 8 inch cake and mine is 9 inches and used 4 oz of salted and 4 oz of unsalted butter, because who doesn’t love salted caramel!! It really is a lovely frosting, and so simple to make. A quick caramel that is whipped with some powdered sugar, thats it.

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Penuche Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
1 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 to 2 cups powdered sugar
In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and stir in the brown sugar. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add the milk, raise the heat, and cook until the mixture boils. Remove from heat, and let it cool until the mixture is lukewarm.
Gradually stir in the powdered sugar, beating until smooth. NOTE: It took the better part of an hour and a half to bring the caramel to room temperature but I think it’s important for the outcome to make sure your caramel is not warm at all. Also, I folowed the instructions and cooked the caramel 2 minutes before adding the milk, test it by putting a little bit on a spoon, let it cool slightly and rub between your fingers the brown sugar should be dissolved and it should not have any grit. I should have let mine cook a little longer as the brown sugar was not completely dissolved.

Because I had to bake the cake longer than the time called for on the recipe the edges were over done. The cake was crumbly making frosting it challenging. I made a crumb coat and refrigerated for 30 minutes and then added the other layer of frosting.  The layers were quite high, a very nice rise, I love a tall cake, it always looks so nice.

I don’t know if it was my oven it could have been but I did test it with my oven thermometer and the oven temp was 2 degree’s higher it registered 352 degree’s. I think based on this I would take the temperature down a little but honestly don’t think that 2 degree’s would have made an appreciable difference in the outcome.

Moist and tender and the frosting is great

Moist and tender and the frosting is great

The Verdict

Well it’s a great cake, very moist and tender I thought it was going to be dry but it wasn’t. The cake itself tastes amazing. There were a few slips and falls, the middle sunk not sure why and it did take longer to bake than it said in the recipe but all in all a wonderful cake. The frosting compliments it beautifully, caramel and chocolate as you all know is such a delicious combination I would definitely make this again but when I get my new stove.

95 Comments Post a comment
  1. How could it not be amazing?! I was fine with the cake plain. Heck you know I was ready to eat the uncooked batter! Now… add caramel frosting. Drool-reflex activated! And absolutely yes to the salty with the sweet when it comes to caramel. Terrific post, Suzanne. Your posts are always so beautifully written and presented. Each post is a treat. Mega hugs!

    September 13, 2015
    • Thank you so much, and coming from you that is the supreme compliment. I am so happy you like it!!

      September 13, 2015
  2. Wow-Suzanne looks lovely and I bet it was very tasty! Nicely executed my friend! Ne cake recipe and frosting…well done. Hugs, Cheryl

    September 13, 2015
  3. sorry, new

    September 13, 2015
  4. Nice finish to the perfect chocolate cake!

    September 13, 2015
  5. Gorgeous!! Wish I had a slice!! Do you know where the name penuche comes from?

    September 13, 2015
    • No I have to read Lindsay’s write up again and see if she says thanks Em!

      September 13, 2015
    • Just looked at Lindsay’s write up its also called Panocha and is Hawaiian in origin she said. It goes back 4 generations in her family.

      September 13, 2015
  6. Right now…I just sat down to a hot strong cup of coffee

    And thought to myself…I want a slice of that cake next ti my coffee cup…yum 🍰

    Coffee and Cake is heaven for me that’s something my Sicilian American Grandmother taught me

    Happy Sunday 🌷

    September 13, 2015
    • Yes my Italian Grandfather as well, every morning he has that for breakfast. Thanks so much!

      September 13, 2015
  7. Maria DeBrango Stickel #

    Looks amazing!

    Sent from my iPhone

    September 13, 2015
  8. Have I told you lately I wish we were neighbors! OMG this looks amazing!

    September 13, 2015
    • It is so good, thanks Michelle, the moist chocolate cake with that caramel frosting is outrageous, Thanks so much, I wish we were neighbors.

      September 13, 2015
  9. Sure looks amazing 🙂

    September 13, 2015
  10. The cake looks so moist and delicious! Love the frosting. 🙂

    September 13, 2015
    • It’s a great frosting, Lindsay made it on banana cake but I thought it would also be great on chocolate and it is wonderful. Thanks so much.

      September 13, 2015
  11. I might just have to try this, thanks for the delicious looking recipe!

    By the way, you’ve been chosen as one of today’s nine blogs in That’s So Jacob’s Ninth Month Blog Challenge (http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com)! I challenge you to find nine blogs you find interesting and give them a comment to brighten their day…well, eight other blogs and mine 🙂 Copy this message in your comment and enjoy your new blog friends!

    September 13, 2015
    • Thanks so much Jacob and I love the blog challenge. Great idea!! Thank you!!

      September 13, 2015
      • You’re welcome! Don’t forget to visit me sometime 🙂

        September 13, 2015
      • I haven’t seen a post from you in the longest will check to see what happened. I will not forget!

        September 13, 2015
  12. i haven’t seen the word “penuche” since i had my little betty crocker’s cookbook for boys and girls!!! There’s a penuche frosting in there! your cake and icing look fabulous!

    September 13, 2015
    • Really I had never heard of it before. It’s a wonderful icing. Thanks Mimi!

      September 13, 2015
  13. I haven’t been over to your blog for a couple of weeks, and look what I’ve missed out on! The chocolate cake looked fabulous without any decoration, but add the frosting and it’s irresistible.

    September 13, 2015
  14. Nice combination of flavours (I’ve just had a look on Food52). I’ve never frosted a cake (apart from years ago during catering college) and didn’t even realise you could use a caramel. Always so much to learn!

    September 13, 2015
  15. Looks delicious, I love to have a piece.

    September 13, 2015
  16. Ooooh, this frosting sounds amazing Suzanne! I’ll be trying this one for sure. So pleased that the end result of the chocolate cake is better than you thought in terms it being moist and tender… and as long as the flavour is there, that’s what really counts! Looks so tall and pretty!

    September 13, 2015
    • Yes I was surprised at how good the cake was, the layers looked pretty bad but covered in frosting you couldn’t tell.

      September 13, 2015
  17. Hi Suzanne, love everything about this cake, The frosting choice was perfect. The cake stand is adorable too! Happy Sunday!

    September 13, 2015
    • Thanks Cheri, it was really wonderful both the cake and frosting together. Thanks again.

      September 14, 2015
  18. Yum–I would love a slice of that cake right now! 🙂

    September 13, 2015
  19. That caramel frosting does sound divine Suzanne. I am so glad that the cake turned out delicious. I was so hoping for that! 😀😀

    September 13, 2015
    • Me too, thanks Sonal. I was really surprised at how wonderful the cake was. Didn’t look good at all but the taste was great.

      September 14, 2015
  20. Suzanne– brilliant! We are big cake ears around here and this looks like a great change from our normal chocolate frosting. thanks!

    September 13, 2015
    • The frosting is amazing Rhonda, do try it. Thanks so much.

      September 14, 2015
      • We have birthdays coming up around here– and then I’m on it!!

        September 15, 2015
  21. Wow Suzanne cake looks delicious.. Simple frsoting is always winner

    September 13, 2015
  22. Sandhya #

    Suzanne, I love that frosting recipe and am drooling looking at the cake! I like the polka dot background for the pictures too.

    September 14, 2015
    • Thank you, got some really cute cloths/tea towels at the Food52 shop I have always love polka dots.

      September 14, 2015
      • Sandhya #

        I have always loved polka dots too!

        September 14, 2015
  23. Your cake look gorgeous, Suzanne. The contrast between the chocolate and the frosting is just perfect! 🙂

    September 14, 2015
    • Thank you so much LInda. It was the perfect combination. The recipe shows a chocolate frosting but thought that was just too much chocolate if that is possible. The caramel adds a nice contrast.

      September 14, 2015
  24. Beautiful, Suzanne! Lovely combination of flavours.

    September 14, 2015
  25. this looks delicious !

    September 14, 2015
  26. Wow! I am now very hungry indeed. Thank you for sharing. Such great baking talent. Emma xx

    September 14, 2015
  27. Oh my goodness! This looks delicious!

    September 14, 2015
  28. Now you’ve got me wanting cake for breakfast Suzanne 🙂 I loved your honest review of a new recipe. I always find myself making notes when I try out something new so I know what I want to differently next time. Sounds like you found a winner with this cake!

    September 14, 2015
    • I do the same, especially with baked items. Can’t help but tweak and make some changes as long as the chemistry remains the same. This is a really good recipe, delicious cake I do wish I knew exactly where I went wrong whether my oven or me. Thanks Heather.

      September 14, 2015
  29. OMG, Suzanne! This cake is so good!! Thanks so much for sharing! One day, I’ll definitely give it a try !

    September 14, 2015
    • It’s a really good cake Marcela, let me know if you give it a try Thanks so much.

      September 14, 2015
  30. Suzanne I love this, I wish I would had this on Saturday for my birthday!! It looks so good and I love that frosting too!! YUM!!

    September 14, 2015
  31. HEAVENLY!! I could taste this through my computer screen. At least – I wished I could. Wonderful!

    September 14, 2015
  32. I’m trying to figure out how it sunk, but honestly… girl I wouldn’t worry about it at all. Because if it was me I’d still eat it and enjoy it sunk and all lol. The frosting looks amazing. I may have to make this cake again. Great job girl.

    September 14, 2015
    • Well I know how it happened but don’t know if the cause was the recipe or my oven. The baking time is 30-40 minutes checked at 30 knew it wasn’t done, gave 5 more minutes and stuck a tester in and it deflated and never rose again. Both layers were deflated. I should not have stuck the tester in but wanted to see the degree of doneness. That was my mistake but I don’t know if my oven was off and thats the reason they did not bake in the alloted time. It is a great cake though even deflated. Thanks Kia.

      September 14, 2015
  33. I would so love a slice of your cake the frosting sounds delicious. 😍

    September 14, 2015
  34. Wow such a scrumptious looking caje Suzanne. .. wish I could taste right now..slurp…

    September 14, 2015
  35. Lol, thanks Chitra, it was a great cake.

    September 14, 2015
  36. It looks great! So happy you liked the cake. There is nothing worst than spending so much time in the kitchen and getting disappointed after working hard.

    September 15, 2015
    • Totally agree. Luckily this one had a happy ending. Thanks Francesca.

      September 15, 2015
  37. I learned a new word, ‘penuche’. I love caramel flavor and with tad of slat, even better. Thank you for sharing this delectable recipe.

    September 15, 2015
    • I had never heard of penuche before I saw this recipe but I like the word!!

      September 16, 2015
  38. I am drooling over it! Such an amazing chocolate cake with the bonus of a heavenly caramel frosting. Your whipping is perfect!

    September 16, 2015
  39. this is dreamy!!! Oh my!

    September 16, 2015
  40. The frosting looks amazing! I love this type so much better than fondant.

    September 17, 2015
    • It’s delicious and next time I make it I am going to add some cream cheese. Thanks Sarah.

      September 17, 2015
  41. Love this caramel idea – looks delish!!

    September 17, 2015
  42. This is a frosting I’ve never made before. I’m inspired by your post to give it a try! Looks amazingly good!

    September 18, 2015
    • It’s really good, very sweet too next time I may add some cream cheese.

      September 18, 2015
  43. It sure does look moist and chocolaty! I love the frosting you chose. It really looks like a perfect piece of cake to me. Wish I had some right now!

    September 28, 2015
    • It was a really good cake, very moist and chocolatey. Thanks so much Shari.

      September 28, 2015
  44. OH man this cake is from my dreams… Love chocolate with caramel anything, and making it into cake form really does it justice!

    September 29, 2015
  45. CC #

    Looks lovely, Suzanne and that frosting! YUM! Are you waiting on a new stove or have you not decided on one yet? I’ve got to get a new oven and would love a new cooktop too! I agree, when you have oven problems, it’s not worth baking 😦

    October 4, 2015
    • Thanks Christine, I had made a decision but then changed my mind. I had my old oven repaired, it’s a bandaid but gives me more time to make my final decision. I hope to have the new one in place by Thanksgiving.

      October 4, 2015
  46. GREMLIN VOICE: Yum yum!!!

    October 7, 2015

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