Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Back to the Real World!!

Wow, you just don't realize you have an addiction until you are yanked, torn, dragged away from it with no allowed use for several days.  My goodness!  I feel like I've been living in the dark ages, and that notion, in all reality, is quite silly, BUT it doesn't make it any less true.  My hard drive died (again - this time by human fault not computer malfunction) and I was without a computer for 4 days!  Holy batman that's a long time!!


So, my TWD almost didn't happen....again.  See, when you discover, much to your jaw dropping surprise that, oh, just say for the heck of it, you're pregnant....AGAIN, and morning sickness has kicked in full force, food, in general sounds horrific.  So, baking, cooking, eating - anything to do with food at all just doesn't sound appealing.

But, I pressed on because I'd been DYING to try this cake for some time now.

I had a couple of issues -

I could not get the temperature of the boiling sugar about 220 degrees.  Not sure what happened but I let it sit there quite some time - maybe my thermometer is broken, I'm not sure.

The cake turned out awesome but the frosting, not as fantastic.  The frosting as soon as it was done tasted like - well, hubby said it tasted like cough medicine.  BUT we persevered, put it on the cake and put it in the fridge for an hour, and afterwards, the frosting lost that weird aftertaste. 

My frosting wasn't as fluffy.  I assume I didn't mix it long enough.

My cake didn't all just stuck together, so there's big chunks of crumbled cake pieces decorating my

Overall, not as good as I hoped but not as bad as I thought it would be when I first tasted the frosting. I would definitely make the cake again, but use a different frosting though.  I really can't wait to see how other people fared!

Okay - so, this picture makes it look a bit worse than it actually was!! I had just cut a super tiny slice for one of my little ones and it smashed down part of my cake.  With that being said, it's easy to see that my cake was a far stretch from the cover of our cooking bible.  Yes, I still have a looong way to go, but it was still fun to make!


Also - my hubby is having a birthday this week and his two favorite cakes are Champagne cake and black forest cake so if any of you know of any good recipes, please let me know!!

Thanks =)


Jules Someone said...

Well, at least you tried it! Better luck with your next cake.

Mary said...

Congratulations on your baby to be! That is fabulous news...even better than a chocolate cake. I am really happy for you all!

Megan said...

I guess congratulations are in order! Great news! And after reading your story with the World Peace Cookies, I'm glad you emerged unscathed.

But I'm still trying to figure out how two kids can be 4 months apart. Am I just that clueless?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I hope the morning sickness doesn't last too long so that you can enjoy all your Tuesday creations. I didn't like this frosting either, but the cake was pretty.

Pamela said...

CONGRATULATIONS on the pregnancy! Hope you are feeling better soon. The cake looked wonderful, nice job.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Hope you get to feeling better soon.

SiHaN said...

oh don't worrie. the cake still looks gorgeous! Good luck with your choice of bdae cake for your hubby. I'm not exactly a fan of blackforest so no comments from me!

Linda said...

I think the cream of tartar gives you that aftertaste. I've made this type of frosting without cream of tartar before and it turned out wonderfully --- hope you will give it another go.

RE: black forest cake --- you should check out the recipe in Sky High (i.e. The Cake Slice book). Good luck!

The Food Librarian said...

Congratulations on the wonderful news (but not wonderful morning sickness :) Great looking cake!

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

The cake looks really good!

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