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November Cakes

If you've read The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, you probably wanted to try a November Cake. They sounded so delicious in the book, I wished I could make them so I could taste one too. Then I discovered that I could! Maggie Stiefvater posted a recipe on her blog. I was determined. I bought everything and started baking at about 8:00 AM on Saturday.

The caramel-honey glaze was AMAZING! So delicious. (I think it would be great on ice cream.) The icing was normal icing. The cake part was more of a problem. I don't think I kneaded it enough. I don't have the mixer she referred to, so I was forced to use my hands.
It was... gross. Very gooey and sticky. Maybe I just needed more flour? So rolling it did not work well, which meant that there wasn't anywhere for the delicious honey to go once the cake was baked (no crevices or dimples). Messy? Yes. Tasty? Yes.

They were good, but they were so much work! I finished cleaning at noon. NOON! And I had HELP! I am not that hardcore of a baker. It was fun to try once, but I won't be doing it again. I would buy one if a bakery sold them, for sure. Or maybe if there was a version in a box I would try again! But baking for that long makes me cranky. Overall, it was a great way for an amazing book to come to life.

This is what Ms. Stiefvater's looked like:

Mine looked more like muffins than cinnamon rolls on top, but I bet they tasted the same. Therefore, I will not be attempting it again - but I am really glad I had the opportunity to try. 

Good luck with your own November Cakes! If you figure out what I did wrong with rolling the dough,  please tell me. Other people had that problem, but there were no answers in the comments.