HCB: Apple Caramel Charlotte

Disclaimer: this post is long and there is a bit of a rant.  Just as long as making this cake was and reading about it.

A few months ago, I was emailing with Jenn from Knitty Baker and we were discussing those cakes that were still left to do in our HCB list and this one in particular came about in conversation.  We both were totally dreading it.

With 7 pages of instructions and 7 different steps, we knew it was going to take A LOT of resilience and baking savvy to do this one.  Jenn was hoping that Marie would give us this one on a long weekend so we would have more time to plan for it.  I was hoping that Marie would have a total Opps-y moment and would forget about this one.

We totally jinx ourselves.  Because not even a week after this whole discussion took place - there is was in the baking list, and NOT on a long weekend.

This cake, even from the start was a total Prima Donna, and not in a good way.  Did you know that the word “diva” means evil in some parts of the world?
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TWD: Burned Sugar Ice Cream

Funny, how this week’s choices in both of my baking clubs force me to do things that I have never thought I would do in baking.   

In one I spun sugar, to form a beautiful ball of caramel ball to top a stunning trifle and with this recipe I got to finally used my ice cream maker.

The one that has been with me for over 15 years.

And I have NEVER, EVER use.


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HCB: Sybil’s Pecan Torte with Coffee Cream

I have no idea what is going on with me, but I guess I have not been very inspired with the last couple of cakes.  I’m putting all the blame on the combination of the never-ending search for a new house, the pending house packing ahead of us (which I have not even started) and the actual move out date (still to be confirmed) that has me all bend out of shape.  The combination of all of this is totally affecting my baking mojo.

I think also the fact that the last couple of cakes in the HCB list have been all about nuts.

The cakes, not the people. 

And I think I'm totally over nuts.

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