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Friday, 6 January 2012

My 22nd Birthday Cake

This is the recipe for the Caramel Cake I made myself for my birthday a couple of weeks ago =D. It is such a nice cake, I've made this twice before. The first two times it didn't turn out as neat as this - the icing was quite gooey and a bit runny as I left it at room temperature, and so the cakes didn't stack right and just sorta collapsed...didn't look THAT appetising....but both times I had NO leftovers whatsoever!! Defs a winner, it is soooo rich and dense and gooey as (if the icing is left at room temperature) and just sooo yummy.


This is best served at either room temp or just over (I nuke pieces for about 15-20 seconds....makes the icing just the right amount of runniness and warms the cake slightly.....mmmmmm)


Caramel Cake With Caramelised Butter Frosting
Adapted from Tartelette


Ingredients
160g unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup Caramel Syrup (see recipe below)
2 eggs, at room temperature
Splash vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk, at room temperature

Method
1. Preheat oven to 175C (350F). Butter a 9-inch cake pan.


2. 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.


3. 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.


4. 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).


5. 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. 


6. Cool cake completely before carefully cutting in half width wise, and icing them and sandwiching them together. 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 caramelisation process)

Method
1. 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.
 

2. When colour 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.
 

3. 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).


Caramelised Butter Frosting:
 

Ingredients
190g unsalted butter
455g icing sugar, sifted
4-6 tbsp heavy cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
2-4 tbsp caramel syrup (recipe above)
Sea salt flakes, to taste

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

2. Pour cooled brown butter into mixer bowl. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, add icing 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 icing sugar has been incorporated. Add salt to taste.
 

Note: Caramelised 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.


Enjoy =D xx

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