Tuesday, October 7, 2008

{twd} caramel hazelnut topped brownie cake

I wasn't going to make this cake. I did everything in my power to keep myself from making this cake. You see, after the Apple Cake, and the White Chocolate Cookies, and the Snickerdoodles and the Molasses Cookies (I had to taste them before I sent them to the soldiers to make sure they were okay!) I was feeling like I was on a bit of a perpetual sugar high. But then I saw this and this and this, and all of the other beautiful pictures of this amazingly delicious looking dessert, and I decided that I just could not resist.


Big Mistake. For me, this week's Tuesday with Dorie turned into a Tuesday Disaster. It started out simply enough--I made the cake first, and decided that as a concession to my healthier side, I would just do 1/3 of a batch. Instead of baking it in a springform pan as recommended by Dorie, I made cupcakes. Then, it was on to the caramel. This is when things started getting dicey. I've successfully made caramel before, but today was just not my day. I burned the first batch, setting off the smoke alarm. Undeterred, I set out on a second batch. Everything was going smoothly until I miscalculated when dividing the heavy cream in three (I was never very good at algebra, okay?) and added way too little. Or at least I think that's what happened. Because about three seconds after taking my caramel off the stove, it was hard as a rock.


Yup that caramel is so hard that it is standing up by itself. I must say that the little caramel I was able to taste before it hardened was delicious, and the cake was good, too, so I'm sure that under normal circumstances, this is a great recipe. This week's pick was by Tammy of Wee Treats for Tammy, and you can find the recipe here.

Here's hoping that next week will be more successful!

18 comments:

Linda said...

Making the caramel is the tricky part of this recipe (I've thrown away my share of this cararmel), so I hope you'll give this another try! The top picture looks pretty darn good to me! :)

Prudy said...

Oh darn! Sorry it didn't work out for you. I had to make it twice. Sigh....

Jules Someone said...

Sorry the caramel gave you fits. But it sounds like a yummy combo.

The Food Librarian said...

Oh no! Smoke alarms and baking...bummer. But those cupcakes are sooo cute!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Oh no! I always have the same problem with caramel. For what it's worth, the cupcakes look really great!

kim said...

sorry about your disaster, but at least the pic of the final result looks great! the hazelnuts sound like a great substitute.

Peggy said...

I share your pain - I had some similar problems with this! Maybe next week we'll have better luck.

SiHaN said...

oh don't worry.. i had problem with my fractions the last time round. Resulted in some pretty grotesque results.. at least you managed to salvage yours! and the first photo looks great!

Gretchen Noelle said...

I have to admit your stand up caramel did make me smile! Too bad it just didn't work for you - maybe you will have to try the recipe you have used before?

Alex Rushmer said...

Oh my, they look sooo good.

Marthe said...

So much caramel trouble.... Mine didn't want to set and was still liquid (too liquid) yesterday!!

LyB said...

That is too bad. I really hope you try the caramel again at some point because it is totally worth the work! :)

Barbara said...

Too bad about the caramel problems! Better luck next week.

Karen said...

so we both had heavy cream issues AND smoked up the house. haha... guess it was just not our week. :P

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Too bad it didn't work out!

AmyRuth said...

You are too cute! Love the 1/3 caramel recipe turned spun sugar. he he he There surely have been a lot of busy little smoke detectors and smoke alarms doing double time this week, sounding off for caramel.
AmyRuth

Queen B. said...

yummmmmmmmmm!

Jaime said...

awwww sorry it didn't turn out. you should try it again. i always use a calculator when i scale down my recipe...otherwise i end up halving some things and not others ;) thanks for the linky love :) i'm flattered