This is a brownie layer cake with salty pretzel filling and coffee frosting. (Such a long name!) I made this cake for my friend's 17th birthday.
I was worried that the cake would be too rich (brownies are rich to begin with!), so I tried to balance the richness out with some salty elements. There were crushed pretzels sandwiched in between the two brownie layers! I also added a dash of salt to the coffee frosting to balance out the sweetness and to give it another dimension. I frosted the cake with the sweet-and-salty goodness on the outside as well as in between the two brownie layers.
My friend M. liked it. (Don't tell her I said this - but I tried a little bit of the brownie (you know, when you level the cake... totally acceptable!) and added some frosting to it, and it tasted pretty good if I do say so myself!)
The brownie is from a mix (to my dismay, I have no time these days), and I added an extra egg to make it less fudgey and more cakey. I added a little baking powder to help it rise and make it more fluffy. I didn't want the cake to be a block of fudge!
Because I never use a frosting recipe, I didn't make enough frosting for this cake. That's why I had hide the thin frosting by painstakingly lining the border of the cake with pretzels! When I make frosting, I start with a stick of butter, cream it, and then add powdered sugar and mix it until it looks right. Then I add a little milk to even the texture out. And sifting the powdered sugar? Ha! I don't do that (too lazy)! :P Besides, washing a sifter takes too much effort! Am I the only one who improvises frosting?