This cake was inspired by Suelle at Mainly Baking and an unopened jar of Bonne Maman caramel staring at me from the cupboard, asking to be used. Being a fellow Dan Lepard fan, she originally got the recipe from here, and decided to modify it - read about the cake she made here. I thought it looked really lovely, but went back to the original recipe and modified my own version from there. Hazelnuts were obviously a no-go for me, so I decided to use fine semolina instead. I think with hindsight this was not the best decision, I perhaps should have just substituted more flour. I don't think the semolina added anything to the flavour and I found the very slightly crunchy finish to the cake not particularly to my taste. I also added around 100g chocolate, chopped (I used 70% cocoa solids) to the cake and baked it in my bundt tin (love the bundt tin!). I greased the tin well and was pleased to find that the cake came out with only a little encouragement. One small part stuck, but this was where a whole load of chocolate bits had fallen to the bottom and there wasn't enough cake mixture to keep them in the cake, but it was only a tiny bit, and I quickly patted it back onto the cake! No one noticed ;-) Having not noted anything to the contrary I suspect I probably followed Suelle's baking time of around 45min at 180C/Gas 4.
I ran out of time to ice the cake (pitfalls of trying to do too much in one day!) and I think it really would have benefitted from the icing specified by Dan in the original recipe to accentuated the caramel component, or a chocolate glaze to bring out the chocolate flavour. Or both, if you want to be decadent. I don't really have a good chocolate glaze recipe though - if anyone could recommend one I'd be very grateful! It was a good cake, and had a nice flavour, but I didn't think it was anything special. I was also slightly disappointed that the caramel flavour didn't come through more, but suspect this would be rectified with the correct icing. Overall it was an enjoyable light caramel/chocolate cake that I think I'll probably repeat with modifications.