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Campfire cake
by Anam Cara (anam_cara_)
at April 14th, 2008 (11:59 am)


I made my dad a birthday cake this weekend...
Triple fudge cake mix
Caramel filling (intended, but caramel didn't turn out quite right, so it was more of a cream filling)
Fudge ganache frosting
Pirouette cookies "sticks"
Melted butterscotch and cinnamon hard candies "flames"






Edited to ADD:
This is where I got the idea-

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Posted by: Glorious kind and always on time (uberjackalope)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)

What a cool idea! I love it. The "flames" look awesome, and the cake sounds soooo yummy!

Posted by: geekyMary (geekymary)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
retro cake

That's fantastic! Well done.

Posted by: Chellie (echelon)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
Alton cake

A campfire cake! That's a really cool design, I love it!
The cake sounds delicious too. Do you happen to have a recipe for the caramel filling?

Posted by: Anam Cara (anam_cara_)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)

It was supposed to be a boiled can of sweetened condensed milk, but the first time I made it, I didn't boil it, I just put it into a crockpot water bath overnight and it was delicious. I tried to do this one on higher heat and less time, and it simply didn't completely caramelize fast enough for me to get the cake done on time so I just poured it on and started frosting. It still tasted good however.

Here are some other methods that I should have done:
http://www.recipelink.com/mf/0/40291
http://www.recipesource.com/side-dishes/beverages/milk/00/rec0011.html

It is quite delicious when done right!

Posted by: Jenna (morphinae)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)

Brilliant. I'm so going to make one of these for our next Boy Scout function! Thanks for sharing.

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Posted by: Anam Cara (anam_cara_)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)

ha ha, well, it's certainly not patent-pending! And it's so simple to do, particularly as I have no frosting/piping skills myself.

Posted by: Life in spiral (faetal)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)

OMG I can not explain how impressed I am. I was a Campfire Girl when I was little and I just LOVE this.

Posted by: The Urban Pirate (lilsara88)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)

OMG I was Campfire Girl too and that is why looked at it... I meet so few of campfire people now :(

Posted by: Photosprout (photosprout)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
falcon

Same here!

Posted by: Liz (mmemaraschino)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)

Ha!! That is awesome, and very creative! :)

Posted by: Anam Cara (anam_cara_)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)

Thanks! I have to admit, I got the idea from somewhere else (can't find link, had it saved as pdf forever), but they used pretzels instead of the Pirouettes, yellow cake instead of chocolate, etc.

Posted by: divinerose (divinerose)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
blank stare

That cake is awesome! Would you mind passing along the pdf?

Posted by: Anam Cara (anam_cara_)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)

I've updated the post with it!

Posted by: Liz (mmemaraschino)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)

Hey, all great ideas are inspired from something! I've had so many thoughts of amazing cake ideas, and then searching cakecentral...yep, it's already been done. Doesn't discourage me though, because chances are- if *I* haven't seen it in person, most of the people seeing it won't have either. And it's turned out that way every time so far! :)

Posted by: Photosprout (photosprout)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)


Heh heh. There are no new shapes, no new songs, etc. etc.

(but don't let that keep you from trying...)


Posted by: pixel (pixelation)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)

Wow! One of the more creative cakes I've seen. :) Nicely done!

Posted by: Anam Cara (anam_cara_)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)

Thanks! It was terribly simple to put together!

Posted by: Sam S (samanthas)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)

Love it and want one!!
;)

Posted by: ali (dreamwell_ali)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)

that is awesome! I am going to have to make one of these for our next camping trip!

Posted by: Allie (onlyperfectly)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)

I love this, so clever!

Posted by: Charlene (moonseternity)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
bluemoon

Yuuuuummmm, that looks so good!

Posted by: Laura Cathrine (lauracathrine)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)

Fantastic.
I like your version better than the sample pic.
Great job!

Posted by: Anam Cara (anam_cara_)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)

Thank you! I think next time I'll try to get the flames thinner, and wispier, but I was multi-tasking as I made them, and kind of skipped the step of crushing the candy!

Posted by: lovmelovmycats (lovmelovmycats)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)

I second this; yours rocks!

Posted by: DazzLynn (dazzlynn)
Posted at: April 14th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
cupcake

LOVE! it! it looks fabulous!

Posted by: Princess Consuela Banana Hammock (smartee_pants)
Posted at: April 15th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)

Um I totally love this and I can't wait to go camping. :)

Posted by: Sarah (sarahk_xoxo)
Posted at: April 15th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)

Oh that is sooo cute! I wish my prof didn't have to cancel his Algonquin park lecture this would have been PERFECT!

Posted by: Abby (bethesurrealist)
Posted at: April 15th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
Egg

The flames look like stained glass.

Posted by: Anam Cara (anam_cara_)
Posted at: April 15th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)

Yes- you can use the same method to make 'stained glass windows' in cookies. I used to do that with my grandma- cut out your cookie, then use a smaller cutter to cut out a small shape out of the middle, fill with chunks of hard candy and bake.

Posted by: briana (jurkface)
Posted at: April 15th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)

OMG! You couldn't have posted this at a better time! my boyfriend takes his physical test to get into the FDNY tomorrow and for months hes been eating soo helthy and I've been wanting to make him some kind of fire related cake to celebrate getting in. It looks awesome and its very inspirational to what I want to do.

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