Friday, November 28, 2008

My first Daring Baker's Challenge!

I am as extremely excited as this is my first Daring Baker Challenge. I had been watching the bakers for quite some time but just didn’t have the nerve but I was feeling brave a few months ago and joined up. I had to wait until it was my month to start and I am excited as this is a yummy item. Caramel Cake with Caramelized Butter Frosting, how good does that sound? I love caramel it is one of my top ten favorite flavors and it is in my top 3 in dessert flavors. I jumped to the challenge right away as I was hoping it would work as a delish dessert for later in the month when we have a lot of family coming so I thought I better start early in case it took a few tries to get right.
I thought this cake was wonderful so moist and rich and yet light. I love the caramel sauce in it, I would have like a temp guide to know when to take it off the heat but it came out perfect. I do a lot of hard candy making so I am very familiar with sugars changes as it cooks and I really think that helped make the caramel sauce. I wish I could eat it with a spoon it is sop delish. I had some sauce leftover so I am thinking of making a caramel ice cream to use it as I think it would really add a delish flavor.

Now the browned butter frosting…… well I raved about the cake and the caramel sauce but ummmmmm ok here we go. I really hated the buttercream frosting. I normally love buttercream and use it often but ALL I taste is the butter. It is like a mouthful of butter if you are Paula deen you will love this but for me it was too much! That is shocking as I am a butter user to an extreme. I use butter for everything and so for the taste to be to strong for me shocked me. I would make this cake again and maybe use it in a trifle with whipped cream flavored with the caramel sauce or even with a regular butttercream but I ate one bite and that was it. My daughter loved it and wanted more but I had no desire to eat anymore.
Here is the caramel sauce in a glass jar to cool. You can see the spoon thru the caramely glaze.

To see the complete recipe go to from Shuna Fish Lydon of Eggbeater Hosting is (,Brownie of the Blondie and Brownie duo:, Jenny of Foray into Food ( the alternative bakers go to for more help.

BTW am I the only person who thinks this would be a awesome tattoo?


Gretchen Noelle said...

Great job on your cake. Brown butter is amazing isn't it? Glad your daughter like the cake enough to want more and more! Welcome to the Daring Bakers!

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the Daring Bakers and congratulations on your first successful challenge. I agree, the frosting wasn't my thing, especially with browned butter, but the rest was great. Well done.