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This challenge was one I really looked forward to.  I love caramel!  My first order for BC was a Caramel Cake.  So, it is definitely near my heart.  This was however, a “challenge” for me.  My first round of caramels came out as toffee.  I also burned the caramel syrup the first time.  I found the icing was a smige too sweet, but any icing made with powdered and not white sugar would be more sweet. However, the browned butter gave it a flavor like no other, one I love.   The cake was very dense and not as flavorful as I had imagined.  The caramels, with the subtraction of the ground vanilla bean, were divine!  So all in all, the icing with a spice cake and caramel syrup would be a hit in my house!

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Thanks for the great recipes:

Our leading lady this month is Shuna Fish Lydon of Eggbeater (http://eggbeater.typepad.com/) and her signature caramel cake.  Helping me (http://culinarycuriosity.blogspot.com/) host this month are Alex (Brownie of the Blondie and Brownie duo: http://blondieandbrownie.blogspot.com/), Jenny of Foray into Food (http://forayintofood.blogspot.com/). And since none of us know jack about alternative baking, we’ve once again turned to Natalie of Gluten-a-Go-Go (http://glutenagogo.blogspot.com/) to assist us.  Caramel Cake with Caramelized Butter Frosting courtesy of Shuna Fish Lydon (http://eggbeater.typepad.com/), as published on Bay Area Bites (http://blogs.kqed.org/bayareabites/).  Golden Vanilla Bean Caramels from Pure Dessert by Alice Medrich, Artisan Press, Copyright 2007, ISBN: 978-1579652111

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John 4 Rocket Cake

I have never done a tutorial on this site. However, my dear friend Jennifer, the mother of John, asked me to.  She took a cake decorating class with me in June, and has come over to learn a few tricks, but wants to see more.  Both of us have a 4 year old and a 2 year old.  So scheduling time for us to spend together decorating is nearly impossibly.  She has been wanting to order a cake from me for months and finally did for her son John’s 4th birthday.  He is into anything that flies: Saturn 5 Rockets and super heroes. If it flies, he loves it.  His party was to be held last Saturday at the Bowling Alley and my girls were invited.  I was ready to surprise all our friends with my carving abilities.  Unfortunately John came down with a bad ear infection and the party was postponed until after the holidays.  I had baked the cakes and made the Swiss Buttercream prior to the cancellation.  We decided to go ahead with the cake in honor of his birthday and let them eat it during Thanksgiving with his family in Alabama.  I delivered it today and they were all impressed.  Especially John!

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This blog is full of firsts.  I am, however, quickly running out of fists.  This is my first grooms cake.  First human figurines.  First boat.  First wedding delivery.

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Susan ordered a 14″ round Yellow Cake with Chocolate Ganace filling and Milk Chocolate Buttercream Icing.  Lane love’s fishing and Susan could think of nothing better than the two of them fishing together.  Lane and Susan were made from Fondant and the boat was made out of chocolate clay.  This cake was so fun to make, the characters just make you smile!

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Hello reader, this Blog is a real time biography for Bonobo Cakes. BC will become an official bakery sooner than later. For now however, we are closed. With the addition of a 3rd child, life is to important to stop and spend 24 hours strait on a cake. Although we love cake, it will be a while before we get back into baking on a large scale. Enjoy the stories and photos, but please ask prior to using any of our original information on another site. Thank you and Enjoy the blog as it was!