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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Salted Caramel Vanilla Cake


It has been a while since my last post.  However this one is a showstopper so hopefully makes up for it.  I have slightly adapted this cake by Anna Olson to include salt, thus making it a salted caramel vanilla cake, instead of the basic caramel Anna created.  Those that don't know Anna Olson should watch her shows on ' FOOD NETWORK' (in the uk).  She has a number of shows but my favourite has to be 'Bake, with Anna Olson'.  The format is simple, each week she demonstrates a key ingredient, starting with the basics and building in complexity.  This cake is considered the most complex in the show and it comes from the 'Pastry Cream' episode.  Starting with how to create a perfect pastry cream, Anna then demonstrates strawberry tarts and finally this show cake.  

I won't pretent and say that this cake is quick and easy to make...it isn't!  You have to make the pastry cream, then make a caramel, then bake the cakes, make the frosting and finally put it all together.  The good part however, you can make each element at a time and over a few days therefore this cake is actually quite easy to make.  I say easy lightly however, the first time I made this cake I noticed the pastry cream was too thin and when I spread it in the middle of the cake and sandwiched it together I had to constantly stop it leaking out from around the sides while I attempted to cover it in frosting.  My second attempt was much better (and why you will see the cake board change form round to square half way through my photos) however it still did not look the same as Anna's on the TV show.  When she sliced in to her you could see each layer well.  Both cakes I made tasted great and everyone loved it, but I wished it would have looked more stable like Annas.  

Anyway...here is how I did it...

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Cake, Cakes and more Cake!


During the past two months I have been busy with the normal work related things...the joy of being a teacher and all that!   However, I have managed to bake a few different cakes for various events.  

Here are three...