11.29.2008

Caramel Cake - Daring Baker's November Challenge



I was scared to make this cake.

When I saw what this month's Daring Baker's Challenge was, I was excited because it was something sweet and the last couple have been savory.    This cake comes from Shuna Fish Lydon, who is a professional pastry chef and writes the great food blog, Eggbeater.  I started reading all the comments by people who have previously attempted this cake and had real problems with it.  I was sure I would, too.   But Shuna had lots of detailed notes posted about how to deal with some of the challenges of this cake and I followed them thoroughly and did not have any problem at all.   The cake was moist and light and absolutely delicious.  The caramel frosting is outstanding.  So if you have the urge to make this cake, don't be afraid. It was pretty straightforward. It just takes a little time to make it properly.


Making the Caramel, Steps 1 & 2



I think one of the important things that Shuna emphasizes is the "dry, wet, dry, wet, dry" method of cake making. You must alternate adding the dry and wet ingredients, and do it very slowly and patiently. For additional notes by Shuna about how to make the cake, click here.

When you finish this recipe, you will have additional caramel sauce left over.  It won't take long to put it to good use!  You can even drizzle the extra over the cake slices.

The hosts for this month's challenge are Delores of Chronicles of Culinary Curiosity , Alex of Blondie and Brownie, and Jenny of Foray into Food . And if you need a gluten free version of this cake , you can turn to Natalie of Gluten-a-Go-Go.

For the full recipe for this cake, please go to this link on Bay Area Bites.



My previous Daring Baker's Post: Lavash Crackers with Peperonata Topping

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12 comments:

  1. Beautiful cake! It looks like it came from a bakery!

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  2. Beautiful cake and a really lovely photo!

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  3. Beautiful cake! You did such a great job decorating it. It looks like it came from a bakery! Well done!

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  4. You conquered your fears then....good for you! This cake looks lovely and you are quite a pro with the piping bag!

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  5. your cake looks so good!

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  6. A very nice cake, and site! claudia speaks highly of you and I finally got the chance to come on over... I also just printed the recipe for fettuccine with parsnips and pancetta and am going to try it. I have lots of parsnips and am running out of ideas. This looks like a winner!

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  7. ok - i'll bet my caramel cake can beat uo your caramel cake...

    i've made 3 this year and blogged about it. crazy good. shauna's was a contender but i went with another. i think the heavy duty beating is imperative here...

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  8. Beautiful cake. And love the green cake stand. Looks tasty.

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  9. I'm so glad you enjoyed your experience with this cake. I love the way you decorated it. Thanks for baking with us.

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  10. Beautiful cake! I love the photos you got of the sugar caramelizing.

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