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Caramel-Pecan Chocolate Cake Recipe

Caramel-Pecan Chocolate Cake Recipe

No one will believe that Ruth Lee’s ooey-gooey chocolate cake is actually light. The Ontario, Canada reader’s decadent treat features two chocolate cake layers with creamy caramel between.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1 can (14 ounces) fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar blend
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • 1. In a small heavy saucepan, heat the caramels, milk and butter over low heat until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth, stirring frequently; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine chocolate and oil. Beat in the water, applesauce, egg whites, egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, sugar, sugar blend, baking soda and salt; gradually add to chocolate mixture until blended.
  • 3. Pour half of the batter into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan well coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 14-18 minutes or until center is set. Spread caramel mixture evenly over cake; top with remaining batter. Sprinkle with pecans.
  • 4. Bake 18-23 minutes longer or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the top layer comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 24 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda sugar blend.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 318 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 243mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein

Reviews for Caramel-Pecan Chocolate Cake

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2014

"The chopped chocolate didn't make sense, I melted it and the bars came out great."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"Its death its so good"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"Recipe to just chop chocolate, which I did, chocolate did not melt, nasty. Will never make again."

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