Ur Baking Me Crazy - head over there for the recipe. Below I'll document my version, using her recipe. Beware, it's not pretty.
First problem - I'm out of wax/parchment paper. And of course it's late and I don't want to run to the store. I think "eh, freezer paper is close enough, right?" - lesson learned: WRONG! You put the paper down inside of your pans then pour carmel goo on top. See, looks great:
Then as it cools a little you pour the cake batter on top - then bake the whole thing (um, just ignore that horribly dirty oven - I'm holding out for a new one so why would I waste time cleaning this one!)
After baking, they cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then you turn them over to get the cakes out. In theory you'll have a nice layer of carmel praline on top of each layer of cake. This is where things went waaaay wrong and I stopped taking pictures for fear of blog ridicule. If anything the freezer paper was worse than using no paper at all. I scrapped the carmel goo off in chunks and tried to drop them randomly on top of the cake. Then you drizzle it in fudge but I didn't have any so I used magic shell (fudge flavor) but then thought that wouldn't ooze so I added chocolate syrup. And carmel syrup - it was no holds bars at this point!
Then you let the cake cool completely - another lesson learned - DON'T RUSH the COOLING! I was impatient so I just went ahead and stacked the warm cakes - well, they fell apart. I grabbed some toothpicks and tried to hold some of it together. At this point everything is funny - I wasn't taking pictures but my husband thought the blog world needed them:
Alright, moving on. The recipe calls for "your favorite chocolate icing" - well, I knew I wouldn't be able to frost this mess. So I'm thinking ganache - dripping chocolate topping. But I don't have cream - a key ingredient. So we make something up using melted chocolate chips, butter, and cream cheese. Who knows. But I think it helped a little with the look:
So I showed up to Mother's Day dinner with this - one ugly cake. But let me tell you - don't judge a book by its cover, this thing was DE-LI-CIOUS!! (just watch out for those pokey bites - hidden prizes of toothpicks) Now, to try it again.....