Home · Recipes · Layer Cakes Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Layer Cakes Author: Maryanne CabreraPublished: Apr 25, 2017Updated: Aug 31, 2023 View Recipe11 ReviewsThis post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy. Mini chocolate bourbon caramel layer cakes feature bourbon soaked chocolate cake frosted with caramel buttercream and topped with a Ghirardelli chocolate square. This post was created in partnership with Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. All opinions are my own. In need a Kentucky Derby viewing party dessert? Here’s one sure to pleasure bourbon fans! Mini layered bourbon chocolate cakes with bourbon caramel buttercream. It may look like a fancy, elegant dessert, but it’s super easy to make! Caramel Chocolate Cake These cakes were inspired by Ghirardelli’s new chocolate bourbon caramel squares .The dark chocolate squares are filled with a sweet, luscious bourbon caramel center. I used that combination of flavors to create a simple yet decadent mini cake that keeps you coming back for more. Recommended Equipment and Tools Half Size Baking Sheet Offset Spatula This is the perfect starter cake for baking newbies!No fancy cake turn table, round cake pans, or piping bags required. Half baking sheet is 18×13-inch. Choose a rimmed baking sheet, preferably with straight edges. Some baking sheets have slightly curved edges. There are many different types of offset spatulas to choose form. I recommend using a mini offset like this 4.5-inch wooden handle offset or this 4.25-inch Ateco offset (the one in the image below). An offset spatula makes spreading the frosting much easier. However, in a pinch, you may use the back of a spoon. Assemble Mini Layer Cake This is a straightforward cake that is easy to assemble! Immediately out of the oven, soak the warm dark chocolate sheet cake with bourbon. Frost cooled cake with traditional American buttercream spiked with bourbon and caramel. Freeze for 10 minutes to stet up frosting. Slice cake into three equal parts. Stack the layers together. Cover the cake and let it rest in the fridge for a couple hours before glazing. Dark Chocolate Ganache Glaze Essentially, ganache is a made by melting chopped chocolate with scalded heavy cream. There are many variations of ganache with differing consistencies and flavors. Depending on the ratio of chocolate to cream, ganache can be used for frosting, fillings, or confections (such as chocolate truffles). These bourbon caramel layer cakes are drizzled with a silky pourable ganache. It uses a one to one ratio of chocolate to heavy cream. It’s very easy to make. Pour hot heavy cream over chopped chocolate. Stir together until homogenous and smooth. Cool slightly to thicken. Then, pour over portioned out mini cakes. More Desserts Featuring Ganache Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with caramel and ganache Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes Death by Chocolate Cake More Ghirardelli Chocolate Dessert Recipes Chocolate Strawberry Bouquet Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sundae Mini Bourbon Caramel Derby Pies Mini Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Layer Cakes These mini layer cakes feature bourbon soaked chocolate cake frosted with caramel buttercream and topped with a Ghirardelli chocolate square.Yield: 10 mini cakes Prep Time: 25 minutes minutesCook Time: 15 minutes minutesChill Time: 1 hour hour 10 minutes minutesTotal Time: 1 hour hour 50 minutes minutes Servings: 10 Print Recipe Pin Recipe Rate Recipe IngredientsBourbon Chocolate Cake:1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour (163 g)3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (63 g)8 large eggs , room temp1 ¼ cup granulated sugar (250 g)⅓ cup bourbonBourbon Caramel Buttercream:1 cup unsalted butter (227 g), softened, room temp2 ½ cup powdered sugar (285 g)2 Tablespoons Ghirardelli caramel sauce*1 Tablespoon bourbon¼ teaspoon fine sea saltChocolate Glaze:1 cup chopped dark chocolate (170 g)¾ cup heavy cream (170 g)caramel sauce, as needed for topping10 pieces Ghirardelli chocolate bourbon caramel squares Instructions Chocolate Bourbon Cake:Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 18 x 13-inch baking sheet pan with parchment paper and lightly mist with non-stick spray.Sift together flour and cocoa. Set aside.Separate 4 eggs, placing whites in a medium bowl and yolks in a large bowl. Beat egg whites until foamy. Slowly add 3/4 cup sugar and beat until mixture is shiny and thickened. Set aside.Beat yolks with remaining 1/2 cup sugar until mixture is thick and pale in color. Add remaining whole eggs and beat until well combined. Add white eggs to yolk mixture and fold to combine.Add dry flour mixture to mixing bowl and fold to combine. Spread cake batter in an even layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean. While cake is still warm, brush cake with bourbon. Let cake cool in pan.Bourbon Caramel Buttercream:Cream together softened butter and powdered sugar. Add caramel, bourbon, and salt. Beat until buttercream is smooth.Chocolate Glaze:Place chopped chocolate in a medium bowl. Bring cream to a simmer over the stove or in the microwave. Pour hot cream over chocolate. Let sit undistributed for 2 minutes. Use a sturdy spatula or whisk to stir mixture together until homogenous and smooth. Mixture will thicken as it cools.Assembly:Spread bourbon caramel buttercream in an even layer over cooled chocolate cake. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes for buttercream to firm up.Slice cake crosswise into thirds. Stack layers on top of each other. Trim edges, if necessary. Cover cake and let chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour up (overnight is best).Slice cake in half lengthwise and divide each half into 5. You should end up with 10 mini cakes. Pour chocolate glaze over each mini cake. Drizzle caramel sauce on top, if desired. Top each mini cake with a chocolate square. Notes use this caramel sauce, or your favorite brand, or homemade the chocolate bourbon caramel squares can be purchased here All images and text ©The Little Epicurean Author: Maryanne Cabrera Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanKeyword: chocolate caramel cake, layer cake, petite fours cake, bourbon caramel cake Did you make this recipe?Show us on Instagram! Tag @littleepicurean and hashtag #littleepicurean.