Sunday, May 23, 2010

SMS - Butterscotch Pralines topping my 3-Layer Fudge Cake

Sweet Melissa Sunday consisted of delicious homemade Butterscotch Pralines this week; chosen by Tess of Cookin Chemist. Tess's butterscotch pralines turned out absolutely perfect so jump on her link and check them out!
I let my mixture whip for a little too long so I had a stiff batter. I did not realize the error until I had scooped them all out onto my silicon mat. I was tired at the time and thought the candies still tasted delicious but I did not have the pretty layout. Serves me right for making these while finishing up my 3-layer fudge cake and starting an in-depth dinner. (I was making BBQ ribs, cornbread and portabello fries.)Group Recipes site has drastically changed, a site many of us cooking and baking people are addicted too and I found out that 12 of my 202 posted recipes are missing photos. One of the recipes is my Triple Layer Fudge Cake so I baked the cake to get photos to post. The cake worked perfectly as a showcase for the pralines (or so I think).
Triple Layer Fudge Cake
Time 35 minutes
Serves 8

3/4 c. butter
2 1/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 t. vanilla
3 eggs
3 (1 oz.) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
3 c. sifted cake flour
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 c. ice water
1 c. milk
1/2 c. chopped dates
1 T. flour
1/4 c. sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 c. chopped nuts
1 t. vanilla
2 c. sugar
1 c. light cream (half-n-half)
2 (1 oz.) squares unsweetened chocolate, grated
How to make it
Cream butter, sugar and vanilla with mixer. Add eggs, beating until light and fluffy. Add melted chocolate and blend well.
Sift together dry ingredients; add alternately with water to chocolate mixture. Pour batter into three 8" layer pans which have been greased and lined with waxed paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in middle of cake comes out clean. Cool. Put layers together with Date Cream Filling. Frost with Fudge Frosting.
Combine milk and dates in top of a double boiler.
Combine flour and sugar and add beaten egg, blending until smooth. Add to hot milk. Cook, stirring, until thick. Cool.
Stir in nuts and vanilla. Spread between layers.
Combine all ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Boil over high heat 3 minutes without stirring. Reduce heat and continue cooking until it reaches soft ball stage (238 degrees). Cool.
Beat until creamy and of spreading consistency. Add cream if too thick.
Spread on sides of cake first and a little over the top edge; frost top last.
Thank you Tess for picking out a fun cooking project for this week! and too check out all my wonderful baking companions on SMS, click on the link: Sweet Melissa Sunday Bakers.


Flourchild said...

I have not been on GR forever. Sorry to here they lost your photos...bummer.
WOW Shandy you made such a wonderful looking cake and the pralines look good too! I had troubles with mine setting up but they tasted so good. Steven especially loved them!

Candy Girl said...

Your cake is gorgeous and the pralines are a great topping!

Tiff said...

The pralines look great even though you had some trouble with them and the cake looks divine. I have some serious cravings coming on :)

Eliana said...

Incredible Shandy - simply incredible.

Mara... said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! The cake and pralines look amazing together!! What a fun idea.

Tracey said...

Wow, what a decadent cake! My husband would absolutely love it! The pralines look wonderful atop the cake - the perfect decoration Shandy :)

Gloria said...

Wow! I think pairing these sweet treats with chocolate is a wonderful idea! Yum.

Tessa said...

What a great idea to pair these with the cake that you made. It's gorgeous! Sorry they didn't work out on their own :-( Thanks for baking along with me!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

You always made great cake! This look so delicious !

Justin said...

whoa, that cake is totally over the top with the pralines.

barb said...

This cake looks absolutely fabulous. Pralines are a great topping. I got hungry just looking at the photos.

Hanaâ said...

Ooh that cake looks ridiculously delicious! Dates and cream?? That sounds amazing! I will definitely try this one and let you know how it turned out!!

I just got back from my vacation. I had a wonderful time, visiting with my family. I baked tons while on vacation to the delight of many :o) Soon I'll have to start baking in my own kitchen (as soon as I'm over this jetlag...) :o) I hope you've been doing well. Looks like you've started gardening (we're waaaaay behind)!

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