Saturday, November 29, 2008

Daring Bakers Caramel Cake

This month the Daring Bakers were hosted by Delores of Culinary Curiosity, Alex of The Blondie and the Brownie, Jenny of Foray into Food, and the lovely Natalie of Gluten a Go Go helped with the alternative Daring Baker side of things. We made a Caramel Cake created by Shuna Fish Lydon. Her recipe can be found here.

I wanted to like this cake. I mean brown butter and caramel sounds amazing. I was excited to make this cake and it's been done for weeks. But as reports from other Daring Bakers trickled in about it being mighty sweet, I got worried. Then I started thinking that maybe if I made tiny little bite sized petit fours I could handle the sweetness. Unfortunately no. These were far too sweet for me of the Brain and eventually most of it went trashward bound. The frosting was simple, and the salt made it excellent, but it was super sweet and on top of a sweet cake it was a bit of overkill. I even tried pouring some very dark chocolate over the top to cut how sweet they are a bit. But that only made them seem sweeter in contrast.

I think I would make the cake again. And I probably would make the frosting again, but I wouldn't make them together.

Make sure you check out the rest of the Daring Bakers!

19 comments:

Bellini Valli said...

I have heard the same thing over and over as well about the sweetness of this cake. It looks like you did an excellent job though with this challenge!!!!

giz said...

You had a good idea to downsize the cake and cut down on the sugar.

April said...

Sorry you didn't like it! But, I think making petit fours were perfect!

glamah16 said...

I agree. I made mine small.Good idea abou the petit fours. We ate it it in tiniest wedges.

Megan said...

a sugar induced coma just waiting to happen. :) Looks pretty though.

Lis said...

I couldn't agree more! That frosting would be even more divine on something else.. like a spice or pumpkin cake.. *swoon*

I love the lil bites you made though.. very, very cute :D

xoxox

Susan/Wild Yeast said...

Although I did like the cake with the frosting, I like your idea about splitting them up. The cake on its own without frosting would be very good, I think.

Speedbump Kitchen said...

I agree, it was sweeeet, but a fun exercise in the magic of sugar. We shared it with a lot of people!

culinography said...

I was really worried about the sweetness of the frosting... but maybe I just have an over the top sweet tooth, because I quite enjoyed it.

In any case... you did a great job... love the little cakes!

Cakelaw said...

I agree that the combination was knockout sweet. I have a very sweet tooth, so I kinda liked it, but if I made it again, I would use a different frosting. My kitchen had a distinctly caramel aroma for days.

Bumblebutton said...

Your trepidations were mine, as well. But, mine didn't go in the trash!! We loved the cake, and it was just to our liking with the thinnest scraping of that delicious frosting. Hope you have better luck next month!

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Natalie... said...

Very sweet cake, i loved it being a big sweet tooth but shame you didnt :(. Hope next months challenge is better for you :) Still great job though.

Gretchen Noelle said...

TOo bad that these two things combined just wasn't your favorite. Looks great nevertheless!

Rebecca said...

I wasn't overly fond of my caramel cupcakes either, but it looks like you did a great job with the challenge--cutting through the sweetness with dark chocolate was a good idea!

TeaLady said...

It was awful sweet. I think that is why so many made cup cakes. Petit fours would be good since they would be just little sweets. Let us know if you make it again and what you do with it.

Deborah said...

I thought it was sweet, too. I read a suggestion by someone else to do the frosting with a dark chocolate cake, and I think that would be delicious!!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Yes, both are excellent but maybe too much for many when together.
Nice go with the sizing!

Dolores said...

I'm so sorry the combination wasn't a better fit for you, but I'm glad you didn't consider the individual components a loss. Thanks for baking with us.