Tall, Dark and Stout Chocolate Layer Cake

Rich layers of chocolate cake, combined with stout beer and caramel make for an extra-dreamy dessert indulgence.

  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 30 min
  • Servings 16

Ingredients

Cake

1
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ devil's food cake mix
1 1/4
cups stout beer
1/3
cup vegetable oil
3
eggs

Chocolate Frosting

12
oz semisweet baking chocolate, finely chopped
1 1/2
cups whipping cream
1/2
cup butter

Caramel Filling

6
tablespoons caramel topping

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease bottoms only of three 9- or 8-inch round cake pans. Make cake batter as directed on box, using cake mix, beer, the oil and eggs. Pour about 1 1/2 cups batter into each pan.
  • 2 Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans. Cool completely.
  • 3 Meanwhile, for frosting, place chocolate in medium mixing bowl. In 2-quart saucepan, heat whipping cream and butter to just boiling over medium heat. Pour cream mixture over chocolate; stir with whisk until melted and smooth. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour; stir. Refrigerate about 1 to 1 1/2 hours more or until spreading consistency.
  • 4 Place 1 cake layer on serving plate. Frost top of layer with 1 cup of the frosting. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons caramel topping. Top with another cake layer, 1 cup of the frosting and remaining 3 tablespoons caramel topping. Top with remaining cake layer and frosting. Garnish with chunks of chocolate covered caramels with sea salt, if desired.

Expert Tips

For even more chocolate flavor, use a chocolate stout beer.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
420
(
Calories from Fat
230),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
26g
26%
(Saturated Fat
13g,
13%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
80mg
80%;
Sodium
320mg
320%;
Total Carbohydrate
42g
42%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
27g
27%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.