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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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My first Commission: Caramel Cake. I am not from the south. Nowhere near in fact. So when I received my first cake order as Caramel Cake, I was nervous at best. I searched the web for any and all information on the cake. I had never even eaten one. Talk about a challenge! Four caramel recipes later, I had found the perfect one to top my butter cake. Assembly was done in a mater of minutes and my first commissioned cake complete.

The review from my first patron:

Wow – amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are just now eating the cake – it’s the most fabulous thing we’ve ever had…thank you again!!!!! Jenn

This is a sampling of cakes made prior to today. We will call them “test” cakes. Flavors that fail. Icings that drip and bleed. Cakes that are too dry. All the work that goes into creating a set of recipes that will be BONOBO CAKE’S future! Enjoy.

This is my Chocolate Zebra Cheesecake topped with a Chocolate Ganache

A Caramel Cake I have been testing that is a Southern tradition

Lemon cake with a Lemon Curd filling topped with Criscocream (Wilton’s training Icing)

White Cake with Raspberry Buttercream filling and Italian Vanilla Buttercream Icing

Chocolate Kahlua Zucotto Cake with Espresso Buttercream and Chocolate Ganache

Milk Chocolate Cake with Ganache and Henna Art

White Cake with Basic Buttercream as Cinderella in “Lavender” for my daughter’s 4th Birthday

My first Wedding cake made for my sister-in-law, White Cake with Italian Vanilla Buttercream in lime green.

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!