Day 4: Brown Sugar Cheesecake Bars

I finally finished frosting my caramel cake last night. I swear you'll gain ten pounds just by looking at the picture.

It's sinfully good.

For the record, I think it's the best tasting cake I've ever had.

Caramel Cake Recipe: I used my good ol' No-Fail Cake Recipe, adding a half box of instant vanilla pudding like always. I baked it in two 8" cake pans, leveled the cakes, and froze overnight.

For the frosting, you'll need the following ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter
2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

Melt the butter completely in a saucepan over low heat. Once melted, add brown sugar and milk. Stirring the mixture, bring to a rolling boil and then remove from heat. Let cool approximately 3-5 mins. Pour butter mixture into sifted confectioner's sugar and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Immediately frost cake, because it will begin to get very thick, very fast!

But I didn't stop there.....

I also made Brown Sugar Cheesecake Bars.

I used Paula Deen's recipe for Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars, only I omitted the apples.

If I've decided to eat cheesecake, I'm no longer concerned about my fruit intake.

So I left out the apples, and re-named the cheesecake bars.

I may or may not have eaten three teeny, tiny pieces.

And then eaten three more teeny, tiny pieces.

And then I ate three more teeny, tiny pieces.

You know what they say.

"Nine cheesecakes a day..."

Or so I've heard.
Amy, I hope you enjoy these (and Mike and David, too!). It was such a blessing to have you as a boss, and to always have you as a friend. There are few people I've ever met in my life that are as genuinely nice as you are. I miss seeing you each day, venting about my life, and seeking your advice. I'm forever thankful for the times you let me break down and cry at work. For all the times you let me hide in the breakroom from my various stalkers. And especially for the time when you took it upon yourself to call Jared's during the "Engagement Ring Saga!" You are simply the best.