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My two eldest boys challenged me to start a cooking blog with simple recipes that we can cook together - and my youngest one has now joined in. I am hoping they pick up some cooking and photograph skills... or that at least they learn to design and run a blog.


This is a birthday cake for one of my sons who loves salty caramel (who doesn't?!). 

Just bake a cake as per the chocolate birthday cake recipe http://www.mumandsons.com/2016/02/birthday-chocolate-cake.html  

For the icing you need:
- 175 gr butter (room temperature)
- 125 gr icing sugar
- 200 gr caster sugar
- 2 tablespoons of water
- a teaspoon of vanilla essence
- 1.5 teaspoons of salt

Put the caster sugar in a small pan with the two tablespoons of water. Heat it (without stirring it) until it becomes a brown caramel (it only takes 3-ish minutes but you need to keep watching it as otherwise it burns easily). Take the caramel off the heat and let it cool down for 45 minutes. 

Beat the butter and the salt with an electric whisker for a couple of minutes. Add the salt, the vanilla essence and finally the icing sugar. 

Use the buttercream to assemble the cake and ice it.