My all time favorite dessert has always been cake. Nothing gets me more excited than a yummy fluffy cake with frosting that melts in your mouth. Which is why, the bakery was always my favorite section of the grocery store. As I would walk through, I would just stare at all the cakes. Wedding Cakes, birthday cakes, holiday cakes…they all looked so fragile and gorgeous, and most of all…they looked yummy.
I’ve been wanting to push myself a bit more in the dessert area…but baking can easily get expensive, with all of the different tools you need…and it can get confusing…quickly….if you don’t understand what a cookbook is trying to tell you. But nevertheless, I wanted to bake something…and I had my eye set out on a homemade cake. A couple of weeks ago, I bought a bundt pan. I think Bundt Cakes always look elegant…probably because of the rippled mold. So I took out my Hershey’s Fabulous Desserts cookbook and started flipping through the pages looking for a cake that I could possibly create. I came across a picture of a Cocoa Chiffon Cake…and after mulling through the directions and ingredients, I decided that I could do this. But I needed Cake Flour. I knew exactly where it was in my grocery store and I knew the box it came in…but I had to sell the need for this particular flour to my hubby…who doesn’t always understand the need for particular items…especially when they are $3.46. That’s not a lot of money, but it is for flour. But I was able to persuade Josh that I desperately needed this item and they he would not be sorry he bought it.
Monday night, Josh and I made a yummy steak dinner. The weather was decent enough for grilling and the food was incredible. But I wanted something sweet to finish off the evening. The night before I had convinced Josh that I needed to remodel my farm on the FB game Farmville (it’s really a stupid pointless game, but it entertains me). So while he worked on my farm, I got to work on the cake. I successfully separated 7 egg whites from the yolks and made the cake batter…Can I just say YUM! Homemade batter is way more tasty than that stuff out of a box. The I got to work on the egg white bit. I had to mix the egg whites and cream of tarter till stiff white peaks form…??? Um what? What is a stiff white peak? Well I had an idea…I kind of pictured whipped cream peaking…so I decided to use my mixer…but after several minutes of using the mixer, nothing was happening so I went the old fashioned route and used the hand God gave me…OW! Boy, I have a new appreciation for the Puritanism people who had to do all of their baking and cooking by hand. Finally, everything started to thicken up and I can’t say I really ever saw to many stiff peaks…I got too irritated with the waiting process. And when Josh and I thought it was good enough, we folded in the Cake Batter to the Egg whites. I say we, because I started it…but then Josh finished my farm and well…I made Josh finish the folding, Hahaha! He put it in the Bundt Pan and into the oven and got it cooking.
After the Oven beeped we took the cake out…Looked beautiful and it was springy….just like it was supposed to be. So we read we were supposed to “invert the pan on a heatproof funnel until completely cool“….what is a heatproof funnel? No idea…but google was helpful enough with its pictures to inform me that I did not own that particular item and I was out of luck. So we just let it cool in the pan. Sometimes in life, you gotta improvise. After it was cooled…the cake wouldn’t come out of the mold, heehee, so Josh took one of my spatula’s and we started loosening the edges and shaking the cake…well as you can imagine…that worked…but a few pieces of the cake broke off :( and while I scoffed at Josh for screwing up my cake ( yes…I am a ridiculous woman…but I’m also pmsing…) and blaming him he was able to ignore me and put the pieces back on the cake…and though it was noticeable that something was wrong…it didn’t look to bad. I did apologize to him later ;) I quickly made the recipe for the Vanilla Glaze…couldn’t be more simple or tasty…and my cake was finished…and it was after Midnight. Needless to say, we were both tired so we didn’t eat any till Tuesday Night. But it was sooo good. Josh, who is not a cake person told me that,” this is the type of cake I could get into.” Which meant, he really liked it. He liked it so much he had two slices. Grace ate all of hers, Eden ate some and I had a slice. It was delicious and a recipe I would make again :)
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