Recipe For Bonnie And Clyde's Yellow Layer Cake With Browned Butter Frosting
"Bonnie and Clyde" …. at the age of fourteen I first viewed it. It affected me far beyond any other movie I had ever seen before. It was about two criminals hiding from the law while robbing banks who meet a fatal end. While both Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were incredible, it was the movie itself which made me look at people and violence in a whole different way.
It just so happened that yesterday I went into the kitchen to create a beautiful yet simple yellow cake with a browned butter frosting. Once it was finished I discovered what it looked like to me. It was just like a scene from the before mentioned movie "Bonnie and Clyde."
One of the saddest scenes was when Bonnie pleaded with Clyde to see her mother again (they were still wanted by the police at this point). The result was a family picnic in the middle of the desert that not only included Bonnie's mother but her extended family as well. Very quiet and sad it held a simple and yearning nature that makes the audience aware of what Bonnie will now never have.
This is how a cake becomes a scene. It evokes and captures the feelings and personality of a moment. There is nothing more homemade and creamy than a yellow cake. It evokes the feelings of being home. It is the stability that Bonnie will now never have. The browned butter frosting reflects on the richness of nostalgia. Being relaxed and reflective of what you once were and will never be able to be again. It is a time of sweetness and gratefulness that ensues. It was a time when all Bonnie's crimes were laid away.
For a delicious piece of home and all its treasured memories try a slice of this simple yet rich cake:
"Bonnie and Clyde's Yellow Layer Cake With Browning Butter Frosting" *
Ingredients: 1 and c cups nonfat milk plus 3 to 5 tbs nonfat milk, 2/3 cup softened butter plus c cup cubed butter, 2 and c cups all-purpose flour, t tsp salt, and and c cup Splenda, c cup sugar , 2 and t tsp baking powder, 2 eggs, 3 tsp vanilla extract, and 6 cups confectioners' sugar.
1) In a small saucepan cook the cubed butter over low heat until lightly browned. Remove from the heat to cool.
2) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
3) In a large mixing bowl cream the softened butter, sugar, and Splenda. Add eggs one at a time. Beat well after each one. Stir in 1 and t tsp vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl and add to the creamed mixture alternating with the 1 and c cups of milk. Beat well after each addition.
4) Pour into two greased and floured 9 inch round cake pans. Bake for about 30 minutes (a toothpick will come out clean). Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Then remove to a wire rack to cool.
5) Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl beat the confectioners' sugar, melted butter, 3 tbs milk and 1 and of of the vanilla extract until blended. Beat in enough milk to achieve spreading beauty.
6) Spread frosting between layers and over the tops and sides of the cake.
7) Enjoy with all the sweetness and joy of childhood.
* Recipe's base is from Taste of Home and then I molded it from there.