For the cake:
- 2½ cups Standard Grade Flour
- 1 cup Cocoa Powder
- 2½ tsp Baking Powder
- ¾ tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Salt
- 150ml Vegetable Oil (canola or sunflower)
- 2 cups Caster Sugar
- 2 large Eggs, room temperature
- 1 large Egg Yolk, room temperature
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- ½ tsp Pure Almond Extract
- 1½ cups Whole Milk, room temperature
- 2 tsp Instant Coffee, dissolved in 100ml hot water
For the Earl Grey Swiss Meringue Buttercream:
- ½ cup Egg Whites, room temperature
- 1 cup Caster Sugar
- 340g Unsalted Butter, room temperature
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 3 Tbsp Strong Earl Grey Tea
For the Sticky Toffee Sauce:
- 170g Soft Dark Brown Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Corn Syrup
- 1 Tbsp Molasses
- 170g Unsalted Butter
- 2/3 cup Heavy Cream
- 1 packet of Griffin’s Toffee Pops Original
To make the cake:
- Preheat the oven to 175°C.
- Line one 9inch and one 7inch cake pans with baking paper and set aside.
- Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside.
- Beat together oil and sugar in a mixer on a medium speed until well incorporated (it won't be fluffy like butter but should come together after a couple of minutes).
- With the mixer on, add eggs, egg yolk, vanilla and almond extract, scraping down bowl as needed.
- Add the flour mixture in three batches, alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture until combined. Slowly pour in the coffee and mix in - the mixture will be quite runny.
- Divide the batter between your prepared cake pans and bake for 23-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
- Leave to cool in their pans for 10 minutes before removing onto a cooling rack.
To make the buttercream:
- Place the egg whites and sugar in a medium saucepan with a small amount of water - place on a medium heat and whisk until the sugar has dissolved.
- Whip mixture on high speed until it forms stiff glossy.
- Add the salt and vanilla extract.
- Continue whipping and add butter one small cube at a time - keep beating until you get a soft and silky buttercream.
- Add the earl grey tea and mix until combined, then set aside.
To make the toffee sauce:
- Put the sugar, syrup, molasses and butter in a pan and slowly bring to the boil, allowing the butter to melt and the sugar to dissolve completely (no lumps!)
- Very slowly add in the cream (be careful not to get burned as it will bubble and steam) and mix until fully combined resulting in a thick glossy sauce.
- Take off the heat, pour into a glass container and let cool.
* Keep a very close eye on this sauce as it is easy to burn and a burnt toffee or caramel sauce is unsalvageable and not very nice.
- Make sure your cakes are completely cool, then cut in half (trim off the top if needed to get even layers).
- Place the small cake on a cake turntable if you have one and cover with the buttercream, then do the same for the large layer.
- Cover the sides of the large layer in buttercream.
- Place the smaller cake layer on top and follow same process, applying buttercream to the sides.
- Refrigerate until set.
- Make sure your toffee sauce is cool but runny enough to drizzle over the sides of both cake layers - use a large spoon and drip, or pour into a sauce bottle and go around the outsides.
- Cover the lower layer, spreading the sauce gently with a spoon, then pour onto the top layer, pushing from the middle to the sides with a spoon until it reaches your drip line.
- Cut Toffee Pops in half and place carefully around the edges of both the large and small cakes.
Serve and enjoy!
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