Chocolate Cake with Caramel Buttercream & Pretzels Bits

 

I know, just reading the title is drool inducing but wait till you see the pics! Oh. My! I am a HUGE fan of things that combine sweetness and salt and this is the theme I wanted to go with for my 30th...

What you will need

For the Cake

2 cups cake flour

1 1/4 cup sugar

6 oz semisweet chocolate

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp

1 tsp vanilla

3 eggs

1 cup milk

For the Caramel Buttercream

25 caramel candy pieces

1 Tbsp butter

1/3 cup milk and 5 Tbsp milk, divided

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp

3 cups powdered sugar

a couple handfuls of pretzels smashed in a plastic bag using the bottom of a small pan

(Nutritional facts 397 calories, 14.55 g fat, 66.01 g carbohydrates, 4.44 g protein, 141 mg cholesterol, 212 mg sodium)

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