Dessert recipe of the day: Martha Stewart's salted caramel six-layer chocolate cake
If you don't own a candy thermometer, this cake offers a good excuse to buy one. It sounds a little nitpicky, but the caramel should reach exactly 238 degrees. (Any less and the cake layers wont hold together properly; any more and the caramel will turn hard.) Precision will also pay off with the chocolate frosting: It achieves its ideal spreading texture after standing for 30 minutes.
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