Let me eat cake
April 26, 2007, 9:22 pm
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birthday cake!!!

With a birthday coming up and too much time on my hands, it was quickly decided that I should really make my birthday cake. Let’s not mention that it has been more than five years since I’ve made a layered cake, but this one caught my heart. Three layers of almond cake, chocolate ganache in the middle, almond praline for a little crunch, and creamy dreamy mascarpone cheese frosting. At that point, I knew exactly what cake I wanted and I also knew that I could not buy it from somebody else. Time to get into the kitchen.

Alas, not all was so easy. I quickly realized I lost my cake pan, so a new one was in order. I’ve been considering getting a deeper pan for a while to make upside-down cake that always leak in the springform, so this was as good a time as any. A late evening trip to the local Sur La Table resulted in a 3-inch deep cake pan, 2 cans of almond paste, an offset spatula, a new set of tongs, a large bill, and a big happy smile. Really, it is impossible for me to walk into a grocery store or a cooking supply store without leaving with far more items than I fully intended to purchase.

Over the next couple of days, the cake came together. Decorating was especially fun, and then I stored it under an inverted bowl and peeked to visit the cake once in a while. It must have been all that sugar in the air, because I was giddy the entire cake-making time. It has been said before that I’m easily amused.

And, the flavor, you ask. Well, I liked it and it was very well received at the dinner party. But I did not love it, not the way that I thought I would. The ganache does not provide enough moisture for the almond layers and I found myself reaching for the frosting on the sides. Next time, it will be frosting between the layers, and the ganace poured over the top. Sounds like a good thing to me.


I’m here, finally!
March 21, 2007, 3:45 am
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Hello everyone! Well, this much talked about blog is finally brave enough to peek from under the covers. There will be more changes as I learn how to customize this thing. I tried, really, but ran out of patience, chose an available theme that seemed good enough, and now I hope that the recipes and your undying friendship will keep you coming back. Please send me suggestions, ideas, and helpful techie blogging tips if you have any. Thanks for reading and eating!