Line 3 (8) inch cake pans with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Stir.
Add eggs, buttermilk, applesauce, oil and vanilla. Mix until combined.
Add espresso powder to half and half. Stir. Add to cake batter. Mix until combined. Divide evenly among cake pans. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until center springs back to the touch. Cool.
For Caramel Sauce:
Place butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat until melted.
Add sugar, corn syrup and salt. Stir. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture is bubbling.
Add baking soda. Sauce will bubble. Stir and continue to cook until thickened slightly. Remove from heat. Add vanilla. Stir. Let cool. Sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
Place egg whites and sugar in a medium bowl. Stir. Place over a pot of simmering water. Cook 15 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.
Place hot egg white mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix until mixture is thick and fluffy and the bowl is cool to the touch.
Add butter by the tablespoon, mixing after each addition. Keep whipping until thickened.
Add vanilla and cooled caramel sauce. Mix until combined.
Place ¾ cup frosting on bottom layer. Drizzle caramel sauce over frosting and sprinkle with ½ cup crushed pretzels. Repeat. Drizzle caramel over top of frosted cake. Garnish with whole pretzels.
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|Serving Size: 1 Recipe (2988g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1 Serving|
|Calories from Fat: 6532 (69%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 725.8g||968 %|
|Saturated Fat 390.1g||1951 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 179.9g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 106.4g|
|Cholesterol 2433.2mg||749 %|
|Sodium 199177.3mg||6868 %|
|Potassium 3608.9mg||95 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 690.1g||203 %|
|Dietary Fiber 11.1g||44 %|
|Sugars, other 679g|
|Protein 67.7g||97 %|
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Calories per serving: 9424
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