October 07, 2008

Caramel-Peanut-Topped Brownie Cake

When I was younger, one of my favorite candy bars would be a snickers. I would first eat the chocolate, then eat the nougat, and finally, finish with the caramel and peanut part. Actually, I still eat a candy bar the same way today. Grumpy laughs at me. He says he has never seen anyone eat a candy bar like I do! I guess I just like to savor the different components of the candy bar rather than bite into it all at once! I actually ate my portion of this week's treat in pretty much the same way....in sections!

This week for Tuesdays with Dorie, Tammy of Wee Treats by Tammy chose Caramel-Peanut-Topped Brownie Cake on pages 264 and 265. I had just made another caramel smothered cake last week but mom and dad were coming over to visit and I decided to go ahead and make the TWD choice anyway. What wasn't eaten here went to work. Yeah, I'm letting all the students and professors clean up my leftovers. They don't complain though. Not if I am bringing it in! They actually complain if I don't bring it in!
I was on a time crunch so I did not make the homemade caramel sauce for this. Instead I melted caramels with some heavy cream and stirred the peanuts in then spread on top like I did for the salted caramel walnut topped apple cake! If I had more time, I probably would have gone with Dorie's homemade caramel sauce.
My verdict? The cake part was really good. I bought kettle cooked peanuts (Planters) and I think they were almost too crunchy. If I were to make it again then the next time I would use regular peanuts. I also would take the time to make Dorie's caramel sauce instead of melting the caramels. However, that all said....I still didn't have to throw any away! Mom and Dad both liked it. Grumpy offered his opinion - he didn't like it at all. I would say because the peanuts were too crunchy for him. He doesn't like crunchy food. Chris had a piece and I don't even remember if he said anything about it. Must be it didn't blow him away either. However, I took the rest to work the next day and nobody complained. Will I make it aain? Maybe if someone requested it. Probably not otherwise.
To see how the other TWD participants fared with their brownie cakes, check out our blogroll!
Oh! and a reminder....don't forget to come back on Thursday, October 9, 2008 to enter the chance to win a box of delicious St. Lawrence Chocolates!

39 comments:

Engineer Baker said...

I love the caramel and peanuts dripping down the side. My peanuts weren't crunchy at all, they were actually softer after sitting in the caramel for a while I think. I'm glad your parents liked it!

Pam said...

I looks amazing to me! I love caramel and peanuts... A delicious combination of flavors.

Barbara Bakes said...

Well the pictures certainly look ooey goey delicious!

CB said...

I want that chocolate. Gimme chocolate. So sorry. I got sidetracked there. (Seriously. I want the purdy chocolate.) Definitely give Dorie's caramel a try next time. I've made caramel from caramel candies before and its good but Dorie's caramel was awesome!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Cristine said...

Looks yummy!

Rigby said...

Your cake looks wonderful! I like the idea of melting the caramels...I never thought about doing that :)

Pamela said...

The photo looks fabulous and very, very good. I will give Dorie's caramel another try, but I also like your fallback method. I love melted caramel! I could eat the whole pot!

Prudy said...

My peanuts weren't overly crunch. This reminded me so much of a Snicker's bar. Especially after a few hours when the caramel had really set.

Flourchild said...

I love your pictures. This dessert does remind me of a snickers bar. Im glad your parent's enjoyed it!

Melissa said...

Your caramel sauce looks perfect. I'm a big fan of Snickers too. Yum!

Jamie said...

Your caramel looks great, I love making caramel that way! Chocolate looks great too!

Jules Someone said...

This looks just lovely! Nice work.

Carrie said...

Those photos are awesome!

Jessie said...

Um, that sauce looks AMAZING. Wow.

+Jessie
a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

Jo said...

Oh my do those look sinful :) Delicious!

by the way... please come "claim" your award on my blog when you have a moment!

Di said...

Your cake looks wonderful--great pictures! Oddly enough, even though I don't like peanuts all that much, I do like Snickers. But I wasn't sure I'd like a whole cake of caramely peanuts.

Jenny said...

Oh my Shelby this is a vision of beauty. Nice job!

Andrea said...

When I saw your cake photo before I read that you didn't make Dorie's caramel I was going to ask what you did differently with it because it looks so perfect! Now I know, your melted caramels look so delicious! Those St. Lawrence chocolates look amazing too :)

Gretchen Noelle said...

This made me think of a Snickers bar as well!!! I was wondering why the caramel looked creamier on yours - melted caramels...smart!!!

Madam Chow said...

I've used kettle cooked peanuts in other things, and I agree - they're too crunchy for me! Glad that your parents liked it, though!

Cathy said...

This looks wonderful! Lucky, lucky students and professors! If I ever make this again, I am definitely making caramel your way -- Dorie's way did not work out so well for me. I think I shared your reaction to the cake in general -- it was good, but not "blow me over" good.

Lisa said...

That is one decadent looking cake.

Peggy said...

great idea for the melted caramels! Glad we got this blog thing figured out!! Thanks for your help.

Jacque said...

I'll bet the improvised caramel-peanut creation was pretty good. Your cake looks delish!

dharmagirl said...

a gorgeous cake! it sounds like we have the same strategy of sharing our gooey goodies on campus:)

Carol Peterman said...

Taking all these baked goods into the office is good job security! Interesting about the kettle peanuts.

Isa said...

Haha... that's a weird way too eat your snickers indeed, but the whole point is to enjoy it and if you like each component separately, go for it!
Your cake looks delicious. I'm glad you liked it.

The Food Librarian said...

Love those photos. My co-workers are the same way - and I work in a library so sometimes I find new cookbooks (with pages tagged) left on my desk! :)

Prudy said...

Glad your parents liked it-it looks gorgeous.

Katrina said...

Your cake looks amazing to me! I have had your blogged tagged, along with probably hundred's of others and have a hard time keeping up with all of them, but just spent some time browsing through yours as I haven't for a good month or so (sorry), but you've sure got a lot of yummy looking stuff on here. I'm going to move it up on my list! ;)
I especially LOVE the NY Times JT chocolate chip cookies and have made them a ton of time. They are my favorite ccc. I can't even think about them, or I'll get a hankerin' to make them again. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Tammy said...

I am so pleased you liked this cake.

Megan said...

If I went off the picture alone, I'd say this cake was amazing. Your pictures are great. The cake looks carmelicious! :)

noble pig said...

Oh that's beautiful...hold me.

Marthe said...

Your cake looks perfect, even with the different caramel!!

Laura said...

Looks wonderful - I think your caramel sauce sounds like a great time saver (which I'll keep filed away for when the time comes for a quick caramel sauce - thanks)!

creative one said...

The cake looks delicious.

Esi said...

I so want to try this sometime. The pictures are awesome!

Kevin said...

I am such a sucker for gooey dripping caramel. It looks great!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Melted caramels sound like a great substitution!

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