This month's challenge is hosted by Doleres at (http://culinarycuriosity.blogspot.com/) , Alex (Brownie of the Blondie and Brownie duo: http://blondieandbrownie.blogspot.com/), Jenny of Foray into Food (http://forayintofood.blogspot.com/). They were also assisted by Natalie of Gluten-a-Go-Go (http://glutenagogo.blogspot.com/) for the Gluten free translation.
This month's challenge is Caramel Cake with Caramelized Butter Frosting courtesy of Shuna Fish Lydon (http://eggbeater.typepad.com/), as published on Bay Area Bites (http://blogs.kqed.org/bayareabites/).
Something new was introduced this month, an optional challenge. We could also make Golden Vanilla Bean Caramels from Pure Dessert by Alice Medrich, Artisan Press, Copyright 2007, ISBN: 978-1579652111 . Since it was a crazy busy month, I skipped the optional challenge. But I'm definitely trying it out for the Christmas party I'll be hosting next month. You can find the recipe here.
So, back to the challenge.. I did not have any issues making the caramel sauce or the cake. I have made caramel sauce before for Christmas cakes. So, that was a breeze. The cake and the icing was very easy to make. I was able to make it today in a rush on the posting date. That says a lot as far as the ease of making the cake. The cake and icing turned out nice. My family loved it. But the icing was too sweet to my taste. This coming from a person who has a mouthful of sweet teeth. I felt that the icing overwhelmed the cake. All in all, it was easy breezy challenge.
You can see rest of the daring bakers creations at http://daringbakersblogroll.blogspot.com/