November 29, 2008

Super Sticky Caramel Cake - November Daring Bakers' Challenge



This November's Daring Bakers' Challenge was a tour de force in sugar! At this very moment my kitchen is coated with this sticky substance. Thanks to Dolores of Culinary Curiosity, Alex of Brownie of the Blondie and Brownie duo, Jenny of Foray into Food and Natalie of Gluten-a-Go-Go.

Dolores chose Shuna Fish Lydon of Eggbeaters' signature caramel cake. Alice Medrich’s Golden Vanilla Bean Caramels were an optional challenge that I just didn't have time for.

When I started out making the caramel syrup I was inspired to make a sugar sculpture (when I over-cooked the first batch of syrup) like the Chihuly exhibit we had just seen at our local Botanical Gardens. Needless to say the kitchen is sticky!! The cake recipe was easy to follow though I think the caramel syrup made the cake super dense and very sweet. The burnt butter icing was tooth achingly sweet! WOW!!!! Then I added my sea salt and it toned the initial shock of sweetness down but still very sweet. Overall, this month's challenge encouraged me to make something that I would not make on my own. My family said the cake reminds them of the praline cake -- perhaps. Maybe for Christmas I will tackle those caramels - a orange zest, Grand Manier version for my cookie trays.



Thanks again to November's main mama, Dolores for her great challenge. Find the recipe here.

7 comments:

Baking Soda said...

Oh yes, those caramels are on my list for Christmas too! Great decorations.
So you think the caramel syrup made the cake dense? That's interesting!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Love your caramel forest on top of your cake. Looks incredible!!

MeetaK said...

love the decorations. great looking cake!

vibi said...

Beatifull spun sugar Wendy! Makes a simple cake look stunning. Great idea!

Elle said...

Saw the Chihuly exhibit in San Francisco...your sugar sculptures are an amazing and wonderful tribute. The cake looks great, too. I think that the cake was dense due to reduction in the leavening, but heavy caramel syrup could do it, too. Great job!

Dharm said...

Wow! Love the sugar sculptures! Great job my friend.

Dolores said...

Thanks for baking with us back in November... I can't believe it's taken me a month and I *still* haven't visited everyone. Your caramel sculpture is beautiful, and hopefully by now you've removed the sugar residue from your kitchen. :)