TWD: Caramel-Pecan Topped Brownie Cake

by Holly on October 7, 2008


Tammy of Wee Treats by Tammy picked this week’s TWD fabulous looking recipe. Why only fabulous looking to me you ask? Well, this post is going to be very short (and probably sound rather grumpy) for the time being. For a short version of why, here is a quick run down of my day:

– Up all night with teething baby
– Errands all day long with grumpy baby and grumpy five year old
– Locked keys in trunk of car at Costco, had to call locksmith, then neighbor to save me (neighbor saved me, locksmith no-showed)
– Finished errands after stupidity delay was over
– Still grumpy baby and still grumpy five year old demand attention while attempting to make the caramel – so more stupidity prevailed and I walked away from the pot – knowing fully that I was hosing myself
– Yup. Hosed myself. Burnt caramel – and not in a good way. Very burnt. All you can taste is burnt.
– Resulted in yummy tasting brownie cake, with very burnt caramel on top (because I had to at least finish what I started to make sure it wasn’t salvagable) = waste of ingredients that just irks me.
– Oh, and just in case that day didn’t sound crappy enough some idiot kid just pranked my cell phone to tell me it was ghostbusters calling, which, since my phone wasn’t listed anywhere before Aidan’s school phone book, means we have moronic children now calling and pranking parents on the phone list. Great.
– And, I’m not done yet – we tried to install new antivirus on the computer, which of course, has resulted in the computer basically breaking down and having NO internet connection, even though everything says it is connected just fine. Great. Two and a half hours later and “support” finally gets to me, then disconnects after no help at all.

So, sorry my loves, but at this point, I have only these pictures of a cute, inedible brownie cake and a bad attitude to offer. Top that off with life being crazy for the past week and me basically disappearing from commenting on anyone’s blogs (so sorry for that and I REALLY REALLY REALLY appreciate you coming here because it is the one bright spot in all this mess!!!!!) and what we have here is one crapper of a day.


So, if any of this gets working for me any time soon, then I will attempt to adjust my attitude and get things back on track for next week. Hugs to you all! Hope you had much better luck than me!

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CB October 7, 2008 at 6:27 am

Sorry about your crappy day. Talk about pouring huh? Well I think we are all entitled to crappy days when whining does us good. {{HUGS}} will change your frown upside down. 🙂
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Cristine October 7, 2008 at 7:08 am

YIKES! What a day! Hope things pick up for you soon. Bright side… the pics look tasty! 🙂

Engineer Baker October 7, 2008 at 7:19 am

I’m right there with you – this cake turned out well for me, but everything else is craptastic. *hugs* I hope that getting everything out helps, and that your week improves! *more hugs*

lemontartlet October 7, 2008 at 9:53 am

You managed more than me by getting the caramel made! The recipe made me run like a coward. Yours looks frigging great even if it’s burnt tasting. I love you soooooo much!


Cafe Johnsonia October 7, 2008 at 11:53 am

SAD! I hope today goes better for you, Holly.

If it’s any consolation at all–your cake looks great. 🙂 If I’d had enough pecans, I would have used those instead.

The Food Librarian October 7, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Ugh! I hate those types of days! I hope your days only get better! The pecans looks great. What a different flavor that must give the cake!

chocolatechic October 7, 2008 at 12:46 pm


I hate days like that.

LyB October 7, 2008 at 1:01 pm

I can SO understand about a teething baby. 🙂 Hope your week gets better soon!

Marthe October 7, 2008 at 2:26 pm

I hate it when crappy days happen…. Well, at least you had this delicious cake to brighten up your day!!

mimi October 7, 2008 at 2:37 pm

sorry about the mess, but it still came out looking great!!

Nikki57 October 7, 2008 at 3:26 pm

Oh damn, that is one craptastical day. If it’s any consolation even if they taste like ass they’re still totally adorable.

rainbowbrown October 7, 2008 at 4:02 pm

Hmm. Sounds poopy. Grumpy kids and burnt sugar. Just poopy. Hope it all calms down soon!

Amy October 7, 2008 at 4:10 pm

Oh no! What a crummy day! Hope it all slows down for you and gets better soon! For what its worth, though, your cake really looks delicious – those pecans look amazing!!


Allison October 7, 2008 at 5:23 pm

🙁 No fun at all! Your cake still looks beautiful though, even if it didn’t turn out tasting good. *hugs!*

vibi October 7, 2008 at 5:41 pm

I’m sorry you’re sooooo busy and perhaps overwhelmed with everything… but I’m sure the lovable part of wathcing your children eating that cake, with sticky fingers and gooey faces… is the perfect reward, for all that work, no?
How I would love mine to still be small… enjoy!

Mary October 7, 2008 at 6:30 pm

At least your cake looks cute!
Sorry you had such a bad day/week!

Mary Ann October 7, 2008 at 7:52 pm

Your cake looks amazing, even if you had a horrible day and you couldn’t even eat it. The height of the cake, the pecans, wow.
I feel for you though. Bad days are the worst. Sorry, hope everything looks up for you!

SUGAR BETTY October 7, 2008 at 8:23 pm

You are still incredible! Good job on the cake .. I love those big ol pecans. YUM!

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" October 7, 2008 at 10:26 pm

Are we related? 😉

Carol Peterman October 7, 2008 at 11:41 pm

Is Calgon still on the market? You need the Costco size after this day.

Isa October 8, 2008 at 12:19 am

Not the best day, ha? I’m sorry about that and the burnt caramel and the pranking kid, and everything…but at least the cake looks pretty, right?

Erin October 8, 2008 at 1:44 am

Sorry things haven’t been going well. I hope they get better soon. This looks fabulous!

kamailesfood October 8, 2008 at 1:47 am

Even if your cake is inedible, it still looks delicious. Hope the rest of your week goes better. I hate those crap days.

Pamela October 8, 2008 at 2:14 am

Hope tomorrow is a better (MUCH BETTER) day for you. The cake looked good…does that count? :o)

Tammy October 8, 2008 at 2:17 am

at least it looks good!!! I hate wastage as well and it is so disappointing when things dont turn out as you expect

Susie Homemaker October 8, 2008 at 3:40 am

oh what a day. I’ll cry on you when Seven finally gets some more teeth and I lock my keys in the car, okay?
Maybe we can bang our heads in together. These brownies look good, despite the burn. I can’t smell or taste it from here.

steph- whisk/spoon October 8, 2008 at 4:31 am

oh, hugs to you–what a crappy day! i hope your wednesday was brighter! 🙂

Maria October 8, 2008 at 1:35 pm

Sorry you had a bad day! Your cake is gorgeous though. I am sure a piece of this would cheer anybody up!

Prudy October 8, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Oh,darn. Some days are just like that. Hope tomorrow is a little brighter. That pie and this cake should be just the mood lifter.

Linda October 8, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Now, that sounded like tough day! 🙁 Hopefully, it’s past, and you’re on to greener pastures! Burnt caramel or not, your cake looks fantastic!

kim October 8, 2008 at 3:49 pm

ouch, sometimes it all just piles on at once 🙁 i hope things are improving!! in any case, the cake looks lovely 🙂

Jules Someone October 8, 2008 at 7:57 pm

At least it was cute? Hope Wednesday is better!

Mevrouw Cupcake October 8, 2008 at 9:08 pm

Sometimes it’s all you can do not to pull your hair out and scream at the top of your lungs, but just think, it helps you to appreciate the good days!

Heather B October 9, 2008 at 3:27 am

Sorry for your troubles this week. It still looks great!

Jaime October 9, 2008 at 5:16 am

awww i am sorry you had a crappy day and a busy week!! the cake looks wonderful, sorry the caramel burnt 🙁

Gretchen Noelle October 9, 2008 at 5:28 pm

So sorry your day turned out like that. Hope your week is getting better!

Jess October 9, 2008 at 6:27 pm

Wow…it takes WAY less than that to get me totally off track for the day, and you managed to make a gorgeous cake. Hope the rest of the week treats you much better…

Barbara October 9, 2008 at 7:24 pm

Oh, arghh! Hope life is treating you better now. Very best wishes to you.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog October 11, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Wow, I’m impressed that you were able to post at all after all that’s happened!! Your mini version looks good, though!

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