***After just one look through Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours, this Caramel-Peanut-Topped Brownie Cake stands out even among the other scrumptious desserts. The full-page photo immediately sold me on this cake...Gooey caramel dripping down the sides, a perfectly chocolate brownie cake base, and caramel-covered peanuts strategically placed on the top...It's enough to make you drool, alright!
I was in search of the perfect birthday cake for my sis-in-law, and this looked and sounded great. It was a something different, and it definitely didn't disappoint! Creamy vanilla ice cream just put it over the top. With the ice cream, it tasted a lot like a Peanut Buster Parfait from Dairy Queen.
If you're worried about making your caramel from scratch, you shouldn't be. Dorie is so wonderful about giving clear and concise instructions...She really takes the guesswork out of baking. Just be sure to watch the caramel while it is cooking, because once it starts to change color, it happens fast! The minute you walk away will be the minute that it's ready! Her suggestion of checking the color on a white plate works great. Don't be nervous...you can definitely do it!
Source - Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan