I want to make this cake (image below), but I can’t figure out the third layer.
Obviously it is 2 layers of chocolate cake and 1 of chocolate mousse, but what is the caramel-like layer?
Can anyone identify it, please?
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Looking at the way it is cut, teared and smeared by the spoon in the video my best guess would be that it is some kind of custard or pudding that gets its consistency most probably from yolk and/or starch.
Please be aware that a definitive identification only from a picture will remain an impossible task as no one will be able to see if this mass contains maybe some coffee, rum or orange blossom water to add a different taste to it. So in the end you will have to fill up these gaps with your creativity and imagination.
... If I had to guess? Jello chocolate pudding made with less milk for the dark layer, and then a whippy chocolate buttercream or mousse for the lighter layer.
It could really be anything, but I felt the need to answer because I 1000% think that is Jello instant pudding. My only evidence is a profound feeling of nostalgia.
Caramel wouldn't be solid enough to become such a thick layer in a cake. If you try to make it thick, you will get it to the consistency of chewy caramel candy - both too sticky and too sweet to use as part of a cake.
My best guess is that you are looking at a layer of gianduja, thinned with something else - or maybe even pure Nutella. The second guess is that it can be dulce de leche based. I saw J. Mueller's post about it being a custard, but I have rarely seen a custard in this color. Maybe if it is a yolk-thickened custard without any milk products, it could produce that slightly translucent shade. But I fully agree with him that it is impossible to identify it for certain just by looking.