Thanksgiving at Sweet Sensations was wonderfully low key. What we like to call the calm before the orchestrated chaos descends, also known as all the kids are coming home for Christmas. We had the traditional turkey and dressing with all the trimmings, and there was no way I could resist putting together a dessert table. New to the table this year was the Salted Caramel Six Layer Chocolate Cake from Martha Stewart. It was a special request from Charisse and who am I to deny my baby girl her chocolate fix. I’m giving you the link because as much as I love you guys, I’m not writing out or copying and pasting this one because it’s tooooo long! OMG this cake was the most time consuming and frustrating cake I’ve ever made, but dang it was good.
I ended up with five layers rather than six. It also didn’t turn out the way Martha’s did but I wasn’t expecting it too. If you have any qualms about making caramel from scratch this one isn’t for you. I was a bit nervous and the first round of frustration came when I didn’t get the perfect amber color I wanted for the caramel. I was afraid of it burning and think I stopped the initial stage of letting the ingredients melt, too soon. Then, I waited for what seemed like hours for the caramel to reach 238°. I removed it from the heat and let it set long enough where I wouldn’t suffer third degree burns before I tasted it. The texture was perfect and the taste absolutely on point.
By the time I started to assemble the layers which was another exasperating waiting period, the consistency of the caramel changed. It had developed some crystals which I attribute to overcooking. It still spread easily and the taste was still very good. The cake itself is deep chocolate in taste and color and honestly one of the best I’ve had so far. And the chocolate frosting on the top and sides was so good I can’t think of an appropriate word to describe it. In honesty I should have waited for a time when I didn’t have so much to do before I tackled this one. But what’s a mommy to do? Everything else on the table is pretty standard for our holiday treats or has been posted before.
Sweet Potato Pie Apple Crisps Sugar Cookies
One other goodie that was new and different were the Vanilla Frappuchinos. They came about because I wanted the bottles for future tables. Those babies aren’t cheap and it made more sense to buy the Starbucks frapps for $5.99. That way I get the bottles and the drink. If I buy a 4 pack a month, I’ll have quite a supply of bottles within six months.
Knowing that my family is safe and well, made my Thanksgiving truly blessed. Sharing a wonderful meal from Mama’s dishes added to the joy of the day.