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Time sure flies! Before you know it another month has passed and it’s time for another DB challenge. After exploring 2 month’s of savory delights, we have once again returned to wonderful world of sweet delicacies. This month, I am really proud that for once, instead of leaving it till the week of posting to complete my challenge, I had mine all done and completed by the first week of November! 🙂

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Well, it’s time to unveil this month’s challenge – Caramel Cake with Caramelized Butter Frosting. This month, our hostesses are: Dolores from Chronicles in Culinary Curiosity, Alex from Blondie and Brownie and Jenny from Foray into Food. I decided that not being a caramel fan myself, I was gonna bless some people with this really lovely cake. And the lucky winners were the boys involved in the Teen Challenge program here in Tassie. For those who do not know, Teen Challenge is program that’s been running for more than 30 years, helping young people with life-controlling problems, namely drugs and alcohol. I was in-charge of event setup for our church women’s conference recently and was privileged enough to have these boys come along and assist me with the setup. If it wasn’t for them, I honestly would not have known how I’d be able to complete the event successfully! Therefore, I decided that I’d bless them with something that will hopefully brighten their day. And since I wasn’t going to get a chance to sample the cake, I made 2 tiny cupcakes for myself and Krys just so I could get a taste of the cake. 

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Caramel Cake with Caramelized Butter Frosting

By Shuna Fish Lydon 

Ingredients:

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

Method:

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.

CARAMEL SYRUP

Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1 cup water (for “stopping” the caramelization process)

Method:

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.

CARAMELIZED BUTTER FROSTING

Ingredients:

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

Method:
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

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