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Every time I go to the grocery store I walk past the bakery to see if a certain cake is on sale. It is a delicious mass-produced cake with a trademarked name, similar to the title of this one. I'm sure if you do an image search for "Crunchy Caramel Cake" you will see it in the top 10.

I've looked all over for a recipe to make it, but could only find bits and pieces. I then took a crack at making my own recipe!

This cake comes pretty close and is nice and sweet. The combination of velvety cream and crunchy yet chewy meringue is quite the treat.

Note: The meringue layers will absorb moisture and become very soft after a few days in the fridge. It is best assembled and enjoyed immediately or within a day.
 
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Step 1: Meringue Layers

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4 egg whites
1 C sugar
1/4 tbsp vanilla
4 tbsp ground hazelnuts
1 tbsp cornstarch

1. Draw three circles on parchment paper. Pick any size, depending on how big you want your cake. Flip them over after, as the ink will seep into the meringue. Place the paper on baking sheets.
2. Whip the egg whites to thicken. Slowly add the sugar and continue whipping until you get stiff peaks.
3. Add the vanilla and blend some more.
4. Mix together the ground hazelnuts and cornstarch. Fold into the egg white mixture by hand so you don’t press too much air out.
5. Using a spatula, spread 1/3 of the meringue onto each parchment circle.
6. Bake at 300 F for 75 minutes. It will look dry on the outside but will be soft and chewy on the inside. Let them cool!
ebby72911 months ago
Thank you--I have tried to get some of the crunchy caramel cakes sent to the U.S. but the company that makes it--LaRocca-won't send them here, so I am going to try your recipe for our thanksgiving dinner! Can't wait.
brandon83 (author)  ebby72911 months ago
Oh and be sure to make it on the day of or else it will get soggy in the fridge! The LaRocca cakes don't, but this one does.
ebby729 brandon8310 months ago
Like an idiot, I tried to make caramel today. You were right, Brandon. FORGET ABOUT IT!!
ebby729 brandon8311 months ago
Thanks!
ebby72911 months ago
I made it and it was fantastic. We all were delighted with it--thanks again!
Sahbora1 year ago
If you want to make your own caramel you can and easily to! Just pour a can of sweetened condensed milk into a small sauce pan and heat, the longer you heat it the darker and thicker it's going to get
ebby729 Sahbora11 months ago
Does it taste just like caramel?
brandon83 (author)  ebby72911 months ago
Hi ebby729. I've made caramel somewhat like this by boiling the can of sweetened condensed milk. It is dangerous though, in case it explodes. Should taste great either way though.
scoochmaroo2 years ago
You should enter this in the Father's Day Challenge!
I have recently discovered the amazingness of meringue and I already love caramel! What a wonderful recipe to share :)