This cake is for my friend Alysia, whose birthday was Saturday. Her family has a lot of July birthdays, so she asked about a cheesecake instead of a traditional birthday cake. After some discussion, she said that she likes New York-style cheesecakes and the Turtle flavor combination–chocolate, caramel, and pecan.
My inspiration is this beautiful Turtle Cheesecake by Miss Patti at Cake Central.
I'll write about the cheesecake later–today I'm focusing on the elements that make it Turtle.
This blog is all about challenging myself (and becoming rich and famous), so I wanted to make the caramel and chocolate sauces. I used the recipes from The Family Baking Book from ATK.
Dad has a very high BTU cooktop and Le Creuset pots. They have a white lining that makes it very easy to see the color of the caramel. *sigh*
|The failed caramel|
I made the chocolate sauce later in my gutted kitchen. It was very simple–I just heated cream and stirred in chopped chocolate and a little corn syrup off heat.
The caramel tasted much too good to leave it at that, so I covered the sides in caramel also. Some chopped pecans, et violà!