So I know this picture is lame. The pictures I took of the whole cake were even worse so I'm not even going to bother posting them. I was in such a rush to get to the event that I was bringing this cake to that I didn't have time to really set up and take some pictures. And to be perfectly honest, I don't have a very good set-up for taking pictures anyway. I really need to get a better spotlight so I can take better pictures of our food for the blog. We can make that my super early New Year's Resolution. If you want to see good pictures of the cake, you should just go to Martha Stewart's website here and commence drooling immediately. For more pictures, you can go to The Bitten Word.
You might be curious why I am posting about this cake while in Hawaii. The reason is that I have been thinking about how delicious it was and couldn't wait until my return to share the love. It was delicious. When I read the name of the recipe, I assumed that the caramel itself would be salted and that the sea salt I could see sprinkled on the top of the cake was just, well, the icing on top of the (already salty) cake. The caramel had a hint of salt to it, but not as much as I had been expecting. But man, it was delicious. The cake was very moist, almost a little brownie-like in texture. And then the caramel soaked into the cake, making it even more moist and delicious. And the frosting was deeply cocoa-flavored and chocolately. I really liked that it wasn't as sweet as most frostings are because that level of sweetness totally turns me off (and actually makes my teeth hurt). But this frosting was just rich and delicious. You totally have to listen to Martha when she says to let the frosting sit for 30 minutes before frosting the cake. After we first finished making the frosting I was convinced that it was a total bust because it was more like a ganache than a frosting. I had no idea that it would set up that much in the 30 minutes (well, in our case it was more like 60 minutes) that it rested. I guess Martha Stewart really knows what she is talking about, huh? Anyway, try this cake. I am totally planning on making it again for some special occasion. It was amazing. Mine came out a little lopsided (I guess I need some more practice assembling layer cakes), but so be it. I will take amazing-tasting cake over pretty, but dry/boring cake any day!