Monday, January 23, 2012

Manitou's Cake - Caramel Cake

Anita B - all rights reservedWe had an Alaskan Malamute and every time my mom made this cake Manitou was present. When she caramelized the sugar he showed up and he didn’t leave the kitchen until the cake was done. He knew that smell, he knew something good is cooking, and I think he knew the recipe J. He watched my mom making this cake, he wouldn’t leave the kitchen for a second. This was his favorite dessert, and because we don’t know the name of this cake, we named it Manitou’s cake. Now he is watching us from heaven, and every time I make this cake I know he is there with me, waiting for a little piece. I loved him with all my heart.
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You can make icing for this cake, we like it with a cup of milk and this is how Manitou would like it too ;-)


Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1 cup water (to stop the caramelization process)
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Put sugar in a small saucepan, with tall sides, and cook over medium heat until it is dark amber.
When color is achieved, very carefully pour in one cup of water.
Whisk over medium heat, for about 10 minutes, until it has reduced slightly and feels sticky.
Set aside, let it cool.

1 cup sugar
100 g oil (I used sun flower oil)
2 cups flour
5 eggs
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He is Manitou. Look at that big smile :-)
He loved to play in the snow.
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup walnuts + 1 teaspoon flour

Preheat oven at 350F.
In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, add the sugar and the egg yolks, and mix until thick, fluffy and forms a ribbon. Add caramel syrup, flour, oil and the baking powder to the egg yolk mixture, little by little mixing well.
Beat egg whites in a separate bowl and then fold it in very gently in the mixture.
Pour it in a lined baking sheet. In a small bowl add the walnuts and 1 teaspoon of flour, and shake it well until the walnuts are coated. Shake off excess flour. This will keep the walnuts on top of the cake.
Bake it in a preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes (when cooked a toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean).

Note: If you want the cake to be super moist, reserve about 3-4 tablespoon of syrup and when the cake is baked make some holes in the cake with a toothpick, and pour the caramel syrup with a spoon over the cake.

Tags: Caramel Cake recipe, Caramelized Sugar Cake recipe, prajitura cu zahar ars recipe

27 comments:

  1. I love this cake! Looks so delicious!

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    1. It is delicious, super moist and crunchy. For me this cake is special because it brings me back sweet memories.

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  2. Anita, this cake looks delicious!
    Have a great day

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  3. Thak you guys. Your comments make me soooo happy.

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  4. Good evening.
    Nice I found your wonderful blog! I like your recipes very much-very good work!- I added your blog to my blog list.
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    http://helengrtravelling.blogspot.com

    Hope to be good blogging friends! Helen.

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    1. Helen I added your blog. Thanks so much for the sweet comment. Your blog is amazing.

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  5. What an interesting cake, Anita. And how sweet to dedicate it to your faithful friend:) As I was reading the recipe, I just got a bit confused about the amount of baking powder. Is it 1 teaspoon?

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  6. Louise, I made the corection, it is 1 teaspoon of baking powder. My bad. I was crying when I published this post, it is very emotional for me, and this is the reason I didn't pay attention. Thank you for the nice comment, it means the world to me.

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  7. This recipe sounds delicious and I'll be making it soon. Thanks so much for sharing the story of your four legged buddy. Our Poncho loved New York extra sharp cheddar cheese. We'd no sooner take the package out of the fridge and he'd be standing there waiting for a nibble. And, he never showed up for any other kind of cheese! I bet he's sharing recipes with Manitou!

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  8. I bet Poncho and Manitou are good friends now. They are so smart, and so cute, how can you forget that adorable face, those begging eyes... I miss my puppy a lot. Thank you for the sweet comment, you just put a smile on my face.

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  9. This looks amazing! What about sea salt on the top?! Salted caramel :)

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    1. Kristen, I think that is a great idea. Sweet and salty, crunchy nuts and moist cake.... hmmmm, ooohhh yeah. I like your idea. Thanks for the tip

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  10. I'm down with caramel so this is heavenly to me, made extra-terrestrially fine by poking holes and beefing up the flavour.
    A+ with a gold star if the Education Tipster was grading this.

    Manitou is a handsome dog for sure, but should go easy on the eye-shadow. cm

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comment. The eye shadow :-) that makes me smile. Long time ago when we walked him, a kid told his mom: Look mommy that dog has white eyes :-)

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  11. Manitou is such an interesting name and what an amazing photo and smile! I am happy to have found your blog. Please check out mine, I have a surprise for you there. :0)

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    1. He was my baby, every time I looked at him he made me smile. Such a great dog. The name Manitou means The Great SpiritThank, it is an Algonquin term. Thnk you for the award. It made me so happy.

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  12. This cake looks & sounds wonderful. And I love your dog & memories of him! Congrats on your double awards, too!

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    1. Susan thank you. Manitou was a fantastic dog and this cake was his favorite. I cry every time I make this cake, it brings me back so many memories.

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  13. This cake looks delicious, I'm sure Manitou has a big smile in heaven. Great recipe!

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    1. Yes it is delicious and yes he has the biggest smile up there. Thanks for the sweet comment

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  14. hi,
    Anita thanks for visiting and following my blog..your is truly a beautiful site..happily following back:)

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    1. Rani. Your blog is amazing and I found some recipes I want to try. Thanks for following my blog

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