Dear me. I haven't posted in a while, have I? It's been rather hectic, between trying to finish my last 2 classes and starting a second PT job. And I really haven't had time to cook--last week I wasn't home for dinner AT ALL. *sigh* Oh well. I'm working on that.
So two weekends ago (flasback time!) I made cake pops with a friend (we also made blondies and pancakes). I got this book out of the library for inspiration (all of the designs are really cute!!). You basically make a cake, crumble the cake all up (horrifying, really, ruining a perfectly good cake that way), then mix in frosting (which acts as 'glue'), then roll it into one- or two-bite sized pieces of cake. Then you cover the cake with melted candy coating. We chose to use a ganache (after we figured out why it kept seizing up) instead, but it didn't give us that pretty, smooth finish. It tasted better, though! :) We also decided to go with a homemade cake and frosting recipe, instead of a box-recipe.
And this week I did have time to bake a cake. I don't normally bake cakes, but I thought "I can handle cookies, brownies, and cupcakes, so a cake can't be that hard...". I made this Butter Cake with Browned Butter Frosting, from the Land 'O Lakes website. The recipe was very easy, but my cake seemed a little flat around the edges...of course, I don't think that was helped any by the fact I almost forgot to add the baking soda...
Now on to the frosting. I browned the butter in a small pan (I did have to let it cook more than 5-6 minutes...more like 8-ish), then let it cool. After beating in the sugar and vanilla, I tasted it. I was really surprised to taste--caramel! It tasted like caramel frosting to me. Very surprising.