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Salt & Vinegar Shoestring Chips Topped Chocolate Cake with Caramel Drizzle at Chasing Delicious

Salt & Vinegar Chips Topped Chocolate Cake

Salt & Vinegar Shoestring Chips Topped Chocolate Cake with Caramel Drizzle at Chasing Delicious

Vote for Chasing Delicious in the Saveur 4th Annual Best Food Blog Awards 2013NEWS: Chasing Delicious has been nominated for Saveur’s Best Cooking Blog for 2013! Show your support  for the chase by voting over at Saveur. Voting is open until Friday, April 19th. Chasing Delicious’s sister site, The Boys Club, has also been nominated for best cocktail blog!

Delicate little birds sing; all the while, they splash in puddles too. Leaves toss about their brown branch confines, filtering the faraway sunlight. Wind-tossed flowers seem to wave at me as I stroll past. My feet fall into a rhythmic pattern as I dodge small spider webs and scary patches of dark shrubbery. I push farther into the prairie; I’ve been lost for hours.

As if cued by a comic relief leitmotif, my left foot, and its worn blue and green Nike sneaker, splashes into an ill-placed puddle. I look down with a self-affirming sigh and roll of the eyes. I shake and toss my left leg, I hop up and down on the other, I stumble backwards; and then I fall flat on my ass, in the same puddle – cue that leitmotif.

Now below the tree-line of the tall prairie grass, I find myself watching the rising sun through the waving filter of a million strands of fuzzy grass. With one foot soaked and a pair of buns now drenched as well, I lift a small black rangefinder to my eye. I shuffle a bit in the puddle, looking for the perfect vantage point. Click. Click – a second  shot just in case.

For a brief moment I consider retreating, but I quickly decide the light I’m chasing is more fun – and worth a couple of damp, chilled buttocks. There’s a story out there and I want to find it. This story is just for me though. Most of my favorite photos never leave my camera or computer. I rarely share them and sometimes I don’t even look at them after I snap the shutter – I’ll make an exception today.

Prairie Shots and a Salt & Vinegar Shoestring Chips Topped Chocolate Cake with Caramel Drizzle at Chasing Delicious

I’ve made a career out of sharing my stories with y’all, here on Chasing Delicious, over at The Boys Club and across various other media. I love that I can say I’ve built a business from the ground up. I can’t help but smirk when I realize I’m 26 and I’ve already achieved my vocational dreams. But when a story is commercialized and made to earn a living, it changes; the magic can be lost. It’s not to say I’ve changed who I am or what I am sharing; it just means that moment of pure joy you get from snapping the shutter is put to work. It’s made to answer questions that sound like a marketing inquisition. They are poked and prodded and filtered. They are made to dance before you like a marionette.

And then, somewhere along the line, you suddenly question yourself. Am I putting out the absolute best I can? This weekend though, I found out both Chasing Delicious and The Boys Club have been nominated for best cooking blog and best cocktail blog respectively. I am beyond ecstatic. I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, do this if it weren’t for y’all, the best part of blogging and sharing stories. So, I owe each and every one of my readers a big thanks. Incidentally, Chasing Delicious just turned 3 years old. I ought to thank you for hanging around for that long too probably.

If you’d like to show your support for Chasing Delicious or The Boys Club, you can vote here: saveur.com/food-blog-awards. Voting is only open until this friday, April 19th. 

To celebrate, I’ve made what could be my craziest recipe. While I am always striving to come up with unique creations, I think it’s safe to say I’ve never really present y’all with a truly crazy recipe. That changes today. Now, crazy doesn’t mean not delicious. I assure you this cake is fantastically delicious. The play in texture, the juxtaposition of sweet, salty, and tangy, and the myriad of flavors come together to create what may just be my  new favorite cake recipe. I hope you like it too!

Chocolate Ganache: Chocolate ganache is simple chocolate heated to the melting point with heavy cream introduced. The addition of cream gives it a deliciously smooth and creamy flavor, making it perfect to cover a cake, and allows you to spread it.

Salt & Vinegar Shoestring Chips Topped Chocolate Cake with Caramel Drizzle at Chasing Delicious

Frying Chips: As with any deep frying, temperature and time are very important factors. If the oil is too cold, the chips will require a longer cooking time and will taste like oil. If the oil is too hot, the chips will cook too quickly and brown. I find 350°F works perfectly for very thin shoestring chips. You can either chop the potatoes into the thin shoestrings or you can use various kitchen tools including a lemon zester.

Fortified Caramel: Fortified caramel is a carmel that incorporate cream and butter. It is very thick at room temperature and has a wonderfully nuanced flavor which I find perfect for this application.

What’s your favorite crazy cake? Share it in the comments!

Vote for Chasing Delicious in the Saveur 4th Annual Best Food Blog Awards 2013NEWS: Chasing Delicious has been nominated for Saveur’s Best Cooking Blog for 2013! Show your support  for the chase by voting over at Saveur. Voting is open until Friday, April 19th. Chasing Delicious’s sister site, The Boys Club, has also been nominated for best cocktail blog!

 

AUTHOR - Russell van Kraayenburg

Born and raised in Texas, Russell van Kraayenburg may sit you down for a stern lecture if you confuse barbecue with grilling. Creator of Chasing Delicious, and author of Haute Dogs, his work has been featured in Southern Living magazine and on such sites as Lifehacker, Fast Co. Design, Business Insider, The Kitchn, Live Originally, The Daily What, Quipsologies, Neatorama,Explore, and Fine Cooking.

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  • Erika @Southern Souffle

    Congrats on the nominations!! This cake is insane..

  • Jeanette

    Thanks for sharing your pictures Russell and congrats on your nominations! Just voted for you. Best of luck!

  • Carol | a cup of mascarpone

    Congratulations on the nominations, Russell! Genius cake…gorgeous!

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    Oh Russell, that cake it KILLING ME! Must have….

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This cake is outrageously AWESOME!! My guy would go bonkers for it. Looooove! xo

  • Mary @ The Kitchen Paper

    I love it! Congratulations on the nominations – you deserve them!

  • ThisBakerGirlBlogs

    Congratulations on being nominated!! P.S. Awesome cake :-)

  • Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    Congratulations on the nomination!! I am loving this cake by the way :P

  • Kathryn

    Huge congrats on the nomination, so well deserved. And a pretty epic cake to celebrate…

  • Yosef - This American Bite

    I love the idea of the sweet and the tart – Salt and vinegar chips are my all time favorite.

  • Elle

    This looks amazing! Such a random combination but it looks great!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    Firstly, many many Congrats on the nominations my friend! So well-deserving :)

    Salt vinegar chips on chocolate cake?! I want to dig in!

  • The Master Chefette

    Congratulations on the fabulous nomination. That cake looks absolutely SUPERB!!!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Major congrats to you! I saw it over the weekend and what an honor which you totally deserve!

    And chocolate with salty & sweet chips!! Fun!!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    You would make the most amazingly delicious cake I’ve ever seen that I need to have in my life right immediately. YOU WOULD.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Big congrats on your Saveur nomination! This cake is too fun… love the fried chip topper!

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Congrats on your nominations, I was so excited to see you made the finals for both blogs!

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Congratulations! I voted :)

    You do win the prize for the wackiest cake though. hands down. :)

  • kulsum@journeykitchen.com

    So happy to see you nominated twice! And what a glorious cake to celebrate with. Love.

  • broma bakery

    WOOHOO! Congrats on the nomination!! Truly inspiring.

  • Dina

    creative use of salt and vinegar chips. the pics are great. it looks delish!

  • Belinda @themoonblushbaker

    I love the topping. It reminds me of the deep fried rice noodles you get at the asian restaurants as decoration. Congrats on the nomination too!

  • Jennifer Sassaman

    http://www.thebittenword.com/thebittenword/2009/03/chocolate-stout-cake-revisisted.html

    this is my favorite chocolate cake recipe.
    so far.
    We’ll see how I feel after I make this crazy one!

    you can see my comments on making the cake here: http://occasionalmermaid.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-very-best-chocolate-cake.html
    (the cake was much prettier than my phone’s camera was able to capture)

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  • Amy

    Congrats! I’ve subscribed & voted, you totally deserve to win! I look forward to every new post, you truly inspire me in my own blog-making-ventures, good luck!

    By the way, that cake is oozy and asking for it… yum!!!!

  • Tieghan

    Holy cow!! This is so awesome. I want one giant slice right now!!!!

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  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    so lovely and creative!!

  • Shaina

    Congratulations on the nomination! I find all that you do incredible, and I admit to being a tad bit jealous for having accomplished this much so young. It is well deserved, and I can’t wait to see where life takes you next, wet buttocks and all.

  • Karen

    Congratulations on the nomination! The cake recipe calls for 1 1/2 lb of sugar. Is that correct?

    • Russell

      Thank you very much. And 1 1/2 lb. is correct. That works out to about 3 cups.

      • Karen

        Thank you!

  • Lora

    Incredible, both the nominations (well deserved) and that off the hook cake.

  • RavieNomNoms

    Whoa, this cake is so over the top it is fantastical! Amazing! and Congrats!

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  • Diane {Created by Diane}

    I’m in LOVE!
    Really do you know how much I love potato chips on cake :)
    We really need to meet IRL! we like the same things….hamburgers, cake with potato chips, we both like taking photos and well, secretly I hope you’d show me how to work my camera!
    Congratulation on your nominations, they are WELL deserved. And to have accomplished so much in your very young years, is so wonderful. I’m smiling as I type to you. You are always inspiring!

  • Michael Toa

    Congrats again on the nominations… and you got my vote! Good luck!
    Russell, this cake is utterly brilliant… sounds bonkers but I love it!

  • Carolyn

    You know I will vote for ya, babe! And I am SO fascinated by the salt and vinegar chips on the chocolate cake!

  • Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats

    CONGRATULATIONS Russell!! I have truly enjoyed reading all your stories and it gives me a sense of hope and to keep striving; although I am quite bad with story telling :). You truly deserve the nomination and award too. Keep them coming as I am always feeling pumped and inspired after coming over every single time. ♥ Jo

  • kita

    Love the nature pics. They are relaxing and cozy.
    I want this cake in my face. And I hate using that expression because it sends all my perve radars into a frenzy, but seriously. In my face.
    :D

  • Lynn @ The Actor's Diet

    My husband’s dream cake!!!

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  • Rachel @ Twin Tough

    This cake is simply genius!

  • shelly (cookies and cups)

    This cake is a dream come true.

  • Jeanne G

    Just made this cake. Unbelievable! Chocolate, caramel, crunchy, salty – to die for. The chips were so fun to make, I’m going to have to think of ways to use them more. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Sandra

    This is the wrong thing to crave when you’re trying to eat healthy but what the heck! Congrats on the nomination you so deserve it. When Foodbuzz disbanded I lost touch with lots of my foodie friends. So happy to find you again!

  • Anika

    I love mixing sweet and savoury, the vinegar of the crisps must cut through that chocolately sweetness really well. Crazy recipe!

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