I love everything caramel flavoured almost as much as I like anything chocolate flavoured. This recipe had a caramel sauce and as soon as I saw that I was like “Heck yeah, I’m makin’ this!”.
I found this delectable recipe for a Sticky Date Cake with Caramel Sauce in a magazine, courtesy of Food Ideas. It looked absolutely scrumptious and very easy to make. This is totally a must try for beginner cooks out there like moi.
I haven’t baked many cakes in my life but I was very proud of the finished product. I’ve seen my Mum bake cakes before, some of which turned out to be blundering failures, the cake would either deflate, break into pieces when taken out of the cake tin or not taste very nice (not to discredit my Mum’s baking skills, though – you know I love you, Mum!). As a result of these not so successful cake baking attempts, I always used to think “Geez, cakes must be hard to do!”. So when it came to the all-revealing moment of witnessing the end result, I was hoping all worked out well.
When I ran the knife along the edge of the cake, flipped over the cake tin and it slipped out in one, beautiful, perfect piece, it was like “AAAAAHHHHH!!!”(heavenly chorus sings). The divine beacon of light shone upon this gorgeous caramel coloured sponge cake sitting before me. What a relief, I thought to myself. Then came pouring over the thick caramel sauce, and like liquid gold, it glimmered spectacularly in the sunlight.
More importantly, did it taste good?
You will be pleasantly surprised to know, it did. The cake turned out to be moist, light and you could really taste the fruitiness of the dates infused throughout every inch of the cake, and together with the creamy caramel sauce it was delish.
See the recipe below: