Layers of brown sugar cake filled and topped with caramel frosting and a drizzle of fresh caramel & fleur de sel make this Salted Caramel Layer Cake a decadent, delicious and almost sinful dessert!
My best friend here in Germany is PCSing (Permanent Change of Station) back to the United States this week. When I arrived in Germany back in March 2011, Chrissy was the first friend I made. I was given her phone number by my husbands company FRL (Family Readiness Liaison) and called her for some advice on how to adjust to life in Germany. We were instant friends. It wasn’t long before we were having coffee, going to lunches and volunteering together in the community.
Oh… and I baked for Chrissy and her family. A lot. Chrissy, her husband Jody and their two boys Evan & Braden were always the guinea pigs when it came to new recipes and taste testing. Countless times either of our kids were running across the street (cause we only lived a block away from eachother) to deliver or picked up baked goods. I’ve made birthday cakes for both her kids, for her husband (Blue Ombre Layer Cake) and for many other celebrations. I’m certain they collectively gained 20lbs during the two years we’ve been friends.
But. whateves. It’s worth it.
Cake brings people together.
And today… I have baked a Salted Caramel Layer Cake to enjoy with my best friend and say goodbye. Layers of brown sugar caked soaked with salted caramel sauce… filled with caramel frosting and topped with more salted caramel. Oh my.
The afternoon was spent relaxing with Chrissy and her family at my house – really, it couldn’t have been better. We ordered pizza, drank wine, chatted, relaxed in the sunshine of my backyard. The men smoked Cuban cigars. The kids played with friends down the street. Bitter-sweet. But a perfect ending to a wonderful chapter in our lives together.
I know today won’t be the last time I see Chrissy. Someday, we’ll be together again. So… until then, I’ll keep baking… keep sharing what I bake with new friends… and always hold on to the love and joy I shared with Chrissy here in Germany.
Safe travels, VanClan!
PS – A note from one friend to another…
My dear friend, Chrissy.
These last two years have been such a joy getting to know you. We were quick friends, best friends, like-sisters-friends. You became my family away from my family. I think back on all the things we’ve gone though together and I feel so blessed to have had you in my life.
I think the hardest part of all of this is… I don’t know how I’m going to live without you here in Germany. You have been my rock. My stability. My sounding board. My voice of reason. The one person I always…. ALWAYS… knew would be honest with me and give me the advice that I really needed to hear. The one person who I knew, without a doubt, supported, loved and cared for me through everything. You always had my back.
As I look toward another deployment – I just can’t imagine doing it without you. I know I have to… but I just wish you were going to be here, guiding me. loving me, supporting me though it. I know you’ll do all those things from Georgia, but it’s just not the same without you across the street.
It’s been comforting to know that you were literally just on the next street, whenever I needed you. Oh – and I needed you. Daily. hehehe I’m so going to miss our morning phone calls – chatting about our lives, kids, husbands, Army/FRG drama. HAHA
I love you, Chrissy – so much. You are my best friend, my sister. You have taught me so much about what it means to be a wife, a mother, a friend. Your insight and wisdom has helped me through so many rough times. You, my friend, are such a treasure in my life.
As I sit here in tears – loving you – I can only hope that the Army, our lives… will bring our paths together again. I pray (and you know me… I don’t pray often! lol)… that we will someday be together again.
Thank you, Chrissy for being my friend.
I love you.