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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Lovely Birthday Flowers and Cake

I am one lucky girl.  For my birthday my husband got me a Silhouette Craft cutter, sent this beautiful bouquet of flowers to me during the day, and then took me out to Sushi for dinner.
After dinner we came home to eat my Chocolate Cake with Caramel Frosting that I had made earlier in the day using my brand new Cookie Paddles that my wonderful Mother-in-Law sent me.  I have heard many wonderful things about the uses of these paddles, and I am so very happy to have my very own!

Caramel Frosting

2/3 cup Butter
1 cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/3 Cup Milk  (though any cream will make this even better)
4+ Cups Powdered Sugar

Melt butter over medium-low heat.  Once melted stir in Brown Sugar until well combined and continue to cook for 2 minutes.  Add Milk and bring to boil.  This may happen very quickly so watch closely!   Turn off heat immediately and let this mixture cool.  Once cool, use a hand mixer or whisk to slowly add powdered sugar until you have a nice thick frosting consistency.   If you start to add the Powdered Sugar before your butter mixture is completely cool, be careful you do not add too much sugar.

**As you can see in my picture, I wasn't patient enough and added a bit too much powdered sugar making my frosting very hard to spread on my cake.   It tastes delicious either way, but if you're going for a beautiful even frosting, wait for the butter mixture to come to room temperature, and add the powdered sugar slowly.  I had a few little hands helping to pour in the sugar as fast as they could...

The next time I make this cake, which has been requested by the older two for their birthday, I may try to sprinkle a bit of high quality sea salt over the top.  It might not be kid friendly, but I'm betting it would taste Delicious!

1 comment:

  1. Oh wow that cake looks good! I love my cookie beaters! What a great hubby for getting you flowers! Glad you had a good birthday.



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