I baked a cake… and took several pictures. It was the first time i’ve used my cake decorating tools on a full cake, so I was a wee bit excited that it wasn’t a disaster! It was both my parents birthdays recently, and I wanted something classic, but still pretty to look at. End result, classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting.
I picked up some sparkler candles to test out. They didn’t sparkle, much to my dismay. A new brand will need to be tried next time. On a funnier note, they kept relighting as well, even after blown out. They weren’t advertised as trick candles, but they added some extra entertainment to the birthday celebrations.
I’ve been on a bit of a baking kick lately. Any thoughts on what to attempt next?
For years I thought I couldn’t bake. What it really comes down to, is that I cannot bake chocolate chip cookies. Even though I followed the recipes to the letter, batches and batches of cookies have been turned into puddles, bricks, and charred black circles. I can even destroy tollhouse ready made cookie dough… I’m not kidding, ask my mother. Once I realized that I seem to be the bermuda triangle for cookies, I started testing out some different types of dessert making, and joyously discovered that I can indeed make other tasty treats.
Now that my baking mystery has been solved, I have loved making the desserts for my family’s holiday gatherings. This year for Christmas I tried out Martha Stewart’s (love her) recipe for Chocolate Pistachio Torte and it turned out amazing, so I thought I’d share a few things I learned along the way.
Original recipe link here:
Many of Martha Stewarts recipes call for a double boiler, which I don’t own. Not realizing that I needed one until after I bought the ingredients and got started, I came up with the above contraption and it worked great! I filled the pot about 1/3 of the way up, placed my cooling rack on top and then placed a heat safe pyrex with my butter and chocolate on top of that. It took about the same amount of time as a double boiler would have, and still gave it the right consistency.
A bit of my cake stuck to the pan while baking, as I don’t think I floured well enough. Fortunately the chocolate ganache filled in the whole 😉
I think this is the closest one of my desserts has ever come to resembling the original picture. I was quite pleased!
And a little ravenous.
Don’t worry, If I can do it, you can do it!