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Salted-Caramel Six Layer Chocolate Cake

Look at that cake. Just look at it. You KNOW this will be one of those amazing cakes that everyone talks about for years to come when you make it, right? Trust me. It is amazing. I can’t take credit for this recipe. It’s actually Martha Stewart’s. I didn’t really change too much from her recipe, but her recipe was a little difficult to follow at times so hopefully this one is a little easier to understand.

Trust me when I say this cake is worth all of the steps you have to go through to make it. It is one of those “wow” cakes that you make for special occasions when you want to impress someone with your baking prowess. It’s going to probably take you a couple of hours to do all the steps. Print this recipe out, read it a couple of times, and give it a go. If you are a salted caramel lover, you have to make this cake!

Ingredients for the cake:

    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 3 cups granulated sugar
    • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
    • 1 tbsp baking powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
    • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons safflower oil
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 cup warm water
    • 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped

Ingredients for the caramel:

    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 1/8 cup light corn syrup
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    • 1 stick cold unsalted butter cut into cubes

Ingredients for the frosting:

    • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp cocoa powder
    • 2 sticks room temperature unsalted butter
    • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
    • 1 lb. semisweet chocolate chips melted and cooled
    • Kosher salt for topping

Prep time: 2 hours
Serves: 10-12


          1. Turn on your oven and preheat it to 350 degrees. Then start making the cake batter. Sift the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, baking powder, 1 1/2 tsp Kosher salt, and cocoa powder together into a bowl. Add eggs, buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and 1 1/2 cups warm water. Beat until it all comes together.
          2. Pour batter into three pans evenly. Bake for about 30-35 minutes until the cake is cooked (check with a toothpick in the middle).
          3. While cake is baking, make the caramel. It’s best if you have a candy thermometer for this as the temperature needs to be exact. Combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir mixture constantly as it comes up to an amber color. It will take some time for this. Maybe 20 minutes or so. Be patient. It takes what it takes. When the amber color is reached, remove the pot from the heat and pour in the cream. The mixture will bubble up so be careful. Stir until cream is fully incorporated and then return the pan to the heat and let the mixture come up to 235 degrees. Once it reaches this temperature, take it off the heat and stir in the Kosher salt. After it has cooled for 15 minutes, stir in the cool butter a little bit at a time. Once all butter is incorporate, set caramel off to the side to cool.
          4. Now you can make the frosting. Whisk the cocoa and 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water until cocoa is dissolved completely. Beat the butter, confectioners sugar, and a pinch of Kosher salt with a mixer until creamed. Add the melted chocolate and cocoa mixture a little bit at a time. After all chocolate and cocoa is incorporated, let the frosting stand. It will need to stand for 30 minutes before you can use it.
          5. To make your six layer cake, you’ll need to trim the tops off of your cake to make a level surface. You need a serrated knife to do this. After you have cut all of the tops off of your cakes, cut the cakes into two layers by cutting through each of them through the middle (horizontally). Put your bottom layer down, and add 1/5 of your caramel to the top of that layer. Add the next layer and continue the pattern until you’ve added all layers and used all caramel. You won’t need caramel for the top layer because you are going to frost it with the frosting. Add the top layer and frost the entire cake all the way around the sides and the top. Sprinkle with a little Kosher salt. (Note: I kept those delicious cake tops that I cut off to make a dome cake. I totally just made up that name so I don’t know if it’s a real thing, but I took the three cake tops and made a little cake with them just using the leftover chocolate frosting to frost in between the layers and on top. No caramel since I used up all my caramel on the real cake. I sprinkled the top of my frosted dome cake with Kosher salt.)


So this is not going to be an easy cake to make. I consider myself to be an okay baker, and it was a little challenging because there were just so many different steps that needed to be done for this beauty. The caramel absolutely requires you to have a candy thermometer unless you are used to making candy. I’ve made candy before but for this recipe I still recommend a candy thermometer to ensure your caramel turns out just right. If you don’t cook it long enough, you will have runny caramel that will slide all over the place. If you cook it too long it will get hard. You can get a candy thermometer for a good price on Amazon and once you have it you’ll probably find all kinds of uses for it.

If you are a huge fan of salted caramel like I am, you will love this cake. I hope you give it a try and let me know how your cake turns out.

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Good health isn’t guaranteed to any of us. In our household, we know a lot about that. My husband has had trouble with health since he was 25. His kidneys just stopped working out of nowhere. It’s a good thing he had good health insurance or our lives would not have been the same. He took it upon himself to educate himself about healthcare and knew the importance of being prepared with quality insurance and he had one of the best healthcare plans out there. Here are three reasons why it’s so important for all of us to look into healthcare education.

1. You are the only one who can take care of you

Yes, you have family and friends who love you, but you are the only one who can take care of you. You need health care that will fit your unique needs. When you have good healthcare, you will be able to go to the doctor if need be; without having to try to tough it out for fear of not having enough money to pay full price for every doctor’s visit. Whether it’s  yearly checkup or you have an unexpected sickness, you need health insurance that will be there for you. Not all healthcare is on the same level so it’s in your best interest to make sure your healthcare is all that you need it to be.

2. You never know when you need it

Like my husband found out, you never know when you will have to depend on your health insurance. At the onset of an acute illness, it would be so stressful to not have health insurance. When you are really sick, you need insurance as your safety net. My husband had to do dialysis 3 days a week for 4 hours at a time when his kidneys stopped working at the age of 25. Those sessions cost thousands of dollars each time. If he didn’t have health insurance, I don’t know what we would have done. Researching healthcare and learning the ins and outs of it is a critical move.

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3. It doesn’t take a lot of time, but it’s totally worth the effort.

Health care may not be the most entertaining topic to research, but it’s vitally important. Having health insurance that is there for you when you need it is a responsibility that we all have. As parents we  make sure our children are covered. We never know when something can happen to our children or ourselves and we need to be covered in those situations. The time you spend learning about health care can really help you out by helping you make sure you have the right plan for your needs. The effort you spend to learn about it is totally worth it! Don’t put it off!

Why not take a few minutes of your busy day to learn about health insurance? If you can do it in an entertaining way, that’s even better right? Well for those competitive folks out there, I challenge you to play the games at the UnitedHealthcare website to see what your score can be. I played the  perfect match game and I’m not ashamed to admit, I wanted to have the highest score so I played it twice (don’t tell anyone). The games are quick and can help you learn. Plus if you put in your info, you’ll have the chance to win the $500 grand prize or $100 weekly prize which is not too shabby. I already played and entered to win.

You can play and enter to win daily. And if you’re looking for health insurance anyway, you answer three basic questions and enter to win the cash prize as well as sign up for UnitedHealthcare here.



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The new year is here! Can you believe it? If you are like many people out there, you want to save some major money in 2017. Maybe you want to save money to pay down debt or maybe you just want to save money so you can go on a fabulous vacation later on in the year. Either way, everyone could benefit from saving more money. Here are five legitimate ways to save money in 2017.

1. Plan a menu and use a grocery list

This is one easy way to save money. When you actually plan a menu and use that to form your shopping list, you are less likely to purchase items that you simply don’t need or won’t use. Grocery stores are designed to make you spend more money that you need to. If you go in with just a vague idea of what you’d like to buy but don’t have an actual plan in mind, you are more likely to spend money you don’t have to spend. Instead, take 20 minutes or so before you go shopping to plan out your menu for the week. If you do this, you’ll be able to get the coupons that you think you’ll want to use for your trip instead of just showing up with a stack of coupons in hand at the grocery store. Coupons won’t save you money if you just end up buying everything you have a coupon for. You save the most money with coupons when you use them to buy products that you were already going to buy anyway. Unless you have coupons for products that are free or moneymakers, that is.

2. Shopping with Coupons

I have written many posts about shopping with coupons, and you can read some of them here. But for many people, they just don’t realize how much money they can save. Let’s say at the very least you are able to save $5 a week with coupons. That’s $20 a month. Adding up all twelve months, that $240 a year! Five dollars a week is a very modest goal for coupons. The more you can save with coupons, the more you can stash away.

There are online printable coupons available from Coupons.comRed Plum, Hopster, and Smart Source. You can also get other printable coupons. These are all sites where you can print FREE coupons for products you use. Now don’t you think you can probably save more than $5 a week with all these resources? You can also buy a Sunday paper and get coupons in there.

3. Shopping Sale Cycles

Did you realize that retail businesses have cycles for sales? That means that you can expect certain products to go on sale each year at a certain time. When you shop sales cycles, you can save money that you would normally end up spending. Here’s a link to the things you can expect to buy in January on sale. Shopping sales cycles means that you buy products that you need at a smaller cost than you would normally have to pay, so that is putting money right back into your pocket.

4. Shop with Cashback sites

Have you ever shopped using a cash back site? If you haven’t you’ve been missing out on free money. When you shop on a cash back site you get cash back on your purchase. One site that I like to use is Ebates. I have been using Ebates for years. Whenever I’m going to buy something online I check to see if I can get some cash back with Ebates. I don’t care if I only get 2% cash back, saving money is saving money. Read my post here  about saving money with Ebates or simply sign up yourself to experience the wonder that is cash back ;). Oh, and you will get a $10 welcome bonus if you sign up with this link to Ebates.

5. Use Cash Back apps

My final, and favorite-est way to save money is to use cash back apps that give you cash back for grocery shopping. I won’t spend a lot of time here, because I spent a TON of time in this here post, but basically you look at a list of items in the app and decide which ones you want to buy. Then, you buy the items. Then, you scan the receipt and/or the items. Then you get money back. You have to go grocery shopping anyway so to me this is a no brainer and it is the easiest way to save money.

I used Ibotta starting for six months and saved $177.18. That’s almost $30 per month on average. Check out my post about Ibotta here.

There are other cash back shopping apps out there that I’ve used as well. Savingstar is another such app, but it just doesn’t offer as many cash back opportunities as Ibotta. Sometimes you can get cash back from multiple apps and use a coupon making items free plus a money maker!

There are many, many ways to save money for whatever you need. I’ve listed five legitimate ways to save money in 2017 above. If you have been saying that you want to save money this year, try some of these suggestions and you will be on your way to stashing some extra cash in your savings account.

And why not start your year of savings with a freebie?  Here’s a free sample of Airborne Everyday Chewable Tablets.


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Many people got a new cell phone at one of the awesome sales going on at the end of the year or for Christmas (for those who celebrate). The question is, what can you do with your old one? Why not earn some extra money and sell it for cash? Check out Gazelle to sell your phone. Right now they are giving a $20 bonus for phones valued at $100 or more. Great deal, right? Click here to check it out!


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