Caramel Cake: Daring Baker

Caramel Cake

I believe it was Tommy Lasorda who said that the difference between impossible and possible lies in a person's determination. Well, I agree with him but let me add to his theory.

I'm roughly a year old member in Daring Baker's circle. For the past months I have been enjoying our monthly challenges much to my husband's content. Imagine he gets to enjoy a monthly surprise of goodies. But since we moved into our new place certain things have changed drastically. My baby girl who used to be a simple bystander in the house that used to allow me to do my monthly challenges sans hassle has now grown into a meddlesome (in her own cute ways) little girl. And I tell you, when I say meddlesome I really mean it.

For the record, it took me almost four days to bake this cake, make the frosting, the caramel and photo-shooting it. And yes, I call this, determination a very strong one powdered with lots n' lots of patience.

A big thanks to this delicious sweet challenge hosted by our great hosts Dolores of Culinary Curiosity, Alex of Brownie and Blondie, Jenny of Foray into Food, Natalie of Gluten A-go-go and a big big thanks to Shuna Fish Lydon of Eggbeater for sharing with us her signature recipe

by Shuna Fish Lydon
recipe link here

10 Tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
1 1/4 Cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 Cup Caramel Syrup (see recipe below)
2 each eggs, at room temperature
splash vanilla extract
2 Cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk, at room temperature

Notes from Natalie for those of you baking gluten-free:

So the GF changes to the cake would be:

2 cups of gluten free flour blend (w/xanthan gum) or 2 cups of gf flour blend + 1 1/2 tsp xanthan or guar gum
1/2 - 1 tsp baking powder (this would be the recipe amount to the amount it might need to be raised to & I'm going to check)

I'll let you when I get the cake finished, how it turns out and if the baking powder amount needs to be raised.

Preheat oven to 350F

Butter one tall (2 – 2.5 inch deep) 9-inch cake pan.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth. Add sugar and salt & cream until light and fluffy.

Slowly pour room temperature caramel syrup into bowl. Scrape down bowl and increase speed. Add eggs/vanilla extract a little at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down bowl again, beat mixture until light and uniform.

Sift flour and baking powder.

Turn mixer to lowest speed, and add one third of the dry ingredients. When incorporated, add half of the milk, a little at a time. Add another third of the dry ingredients, then the other half of the milk and finish with the dry ingredients. {This is called the dry, wet, dry, wet, dry method in cake making. It is often employed when there is a high proportion of liquid in the batter.}

Take off mixer and by hand, use a spatula to do a few last folds, making sure batter is uniform. Turn batter into prepared cake pan.

Place cake pan on cookie sheet or 1/2 sheet pan. Set first timer for 30 minutes, rotate pan and set timer for another 15-20 minutes. Your own oven will set the pace. Bake until sides pull away from the pan and skewer inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool cake completely before icing it.

Cake will keep for three days outside of the refrigerator.


2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1 cup water (for "stopping" the caramelization process)
In a small stainless steel saucepan, with tall sides, mix water and sugar until mixture feels like wet sand. Brush down any stray sugar crystals with wet pastry brush. Turn on heat to highest flame. Cook until smoking slightly: dark amber.

When color is achieved, very carefully pour in one cup of water. Caramel will jump and sputter about! It is very dangerous, so have long sleeves on and be prepared to step back.

Whisk over medium heat until it has reduced slightly and feels sticky between two fingers. {Obviously wait for it to cool on a spoon before touching it.}

Note: For safety reasons, have ready a bowl of ice water to plunge your hands into if any caramel should land on your skin.


12 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 pound confectioner’s sugar, sifted
4-6 tablespoons heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2-4 tablespoons caramel syrup
Kosher or sea salt to taste

Cook butter until brown. Pour through a fine meshed sieve into a heatproof bowl, set aside to cool.

Pour cooled brown butter into mixer bowl.

In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, add confectioner's sugar a little at a time. When mixture looks too chunky to take any more, add a bit of cream and or caramel syrup. Repeat until mixture looks smooth and all confectioner's sugar has been incorporated. Add salt to taste.

Note: Caramelized butter frosting will keep in fridge for up to a month.
To smooth out from cold, microwave a bit, then mix with paddle attachment until smooth and light

Other DB challenges:

Filbert Cake Praline Buttercream
French Bread

RICEing from the dead

Fried rice with Champignons

We just moved into our new house. Yay!

New address, new furnitures, new decorations. Bring out your champagne glasses and let's jubilate this occasion! But wait, stop and rewind.

We just moved into our new house.

Well, that was a month ago. It's a stale news. I know, my long hiatus deserves an explanation, right? Let's put it this way, internet disconnection for a month (would you believe that?) and a sudden busy schedule (juggling my new-found part-time job, some online projects on the go and driving lessons brushing up) left this kitchen dead. So many times I attempted to revive it but in vain.

But miracles do happen. After our overwhelming schedule we thought of offering ourselves a much deserved weekend pause in the beautiful region of Lozère. Two days of spectacular landscape, promenade in the wild forest gathering mushrooms and sleeping in an impressive 16th century Rural Gite in the mountain helped a lot in bringing back my pep to cook and write again. And the bonus part, my internet connection is finally back! Yay!

I miss you all guys! I have a lot of catching up to do.

I'm sending off a serving of this Mushroom Fried-rice to Simona of Briciole, the lovely host for the fifth helping of "My Legume Love Affair", that savory and sweet vegetable event brainchild of Susan of Well Seasoned Cook.

Mushroom Fried-rice

about 2 cups of yesterday's left-over cooked rice
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 cloves of chopped garlic
1 onion sliced
half a teaspoon of salt
some freshly ground pepper
1 cup of fresh champignon or mushrooms chopped (you can use different kinds)
half a cup of sliced zuccini (you can use any other vegetables of your preferance)
1 egg beaten

Start by warming up your rice in the Microwave; It is preferable to add your rice hot and not sticking to each other. Warm up your wok or your pan. Put a little bit of oil and put your beaten egg and slide it on all sides of the pan to make a thin omelette. Put it aside. Pour the rest of your olive oil, add the garlic and onion. Once they change in color add your chopped mushrooms and other vegetables. Continue cooking. Your pan should be very hot. And lastly add your rice, salt and pepper. Decorate it with your thinly sliced omelette and some tomatoes.

The big French Rural Gite where we stayed, reserved only for us.
Wasn't that fabulous!

Warning. All that glitters are not gold.

Mushrooms may look friendly and delicious on your plate but it could be poisonous. Guessing Game: which among the following mushrooms is edible? Go down to know the answer.

Specimen 1

Specimen 2

Specimen 3

Specimen 4

Answer: Specimen 3

Saffron Milk Cap Mushroom

My other Rice Recipes

Bagoong Fried-rice (Shrimp Paste Fried-rice)