This week’s TWD recipe was Caramel-Peanut-Topped Brownie Cake. Husband’s birthday was last Thursday, and so this was a perfect ending to our Friday dinner.
I was on my own for this one, and I didn’t start till mid-afternoon. The cake came together pretty quickly, which was nice, and it was out of the oven an hour after I started.
The topping came a couple of hours later, just before dinner, and it too was fairly simple. I’ve had issues with caramel before, but this came together nice, exactly as described in the book.
And when I brought it to the table, it was beautiful. Mouthwateringly beautiful.
Unfortunately, it just didn’t live up to the promise of its name and beauty. It was fine, but not brilliant. It reminded me of a restaurant dessert, one of those that sound incredible when you read the description on the menu but are ultimately disappointing.
From the name, I thought the cake would be more of a giant brownie, but it was actually a cake, and the caramel was a bit bland.
We had vanilla ice cream with it; I think that’s absolutely necessary. It balanced the sweetness and richness of the chocolate and caramel.
Husband: It was more cakey than I thought it would be, not as chocolatey. It worked as a whole package, when the ice cream was added in.
#1 Son: Not a lot of depth of flavor, and the texture was disappointing. But the caramel and the peanuts were good.
#2 Son: The cake was not the texture of either brownie or cake, kind of in between. Still really good â€” I like the bittersweet chocolate. The peanuts were good â€” they added that little bit of salt â€” and the caramel was awesome. Great with vanilla ice cream!
The next day, two of us liked it more (richer flavor), and two of us liked it less (drier cake).
This recipe was chosen by Tammy over at Wee Treats by Tammy. She’ll have the recipe over there if you want to try it for yourself, or you could go buy Dorie’s book, Baking: From My Home to Yours. And if you want to see what tons of other bloggers thought of it, check out the blogroll at Tuesdays With Dorie.