Sunday, September 20, 2009
Another first (and second)
I've never made a cake from scratch before - or frosting, for that matter.
My boss is turning 40 this week and, silly man, he's coming into work. So I have cooked up a little surprise party - he knows something's up but he doesn't know it includes his parents, sister and wife - and I thought I'd try making a cake.
Not wanting to fuck it up and having to run out and buy a crappy grocery store cake at the last minute, I thought I'd try the recipe this weekend first.
Mr. RK was only too happy to be my guinea pig for this culinary experiment.
Cake #1 came out a bit too thin and a bit too dry - we blamed the whole wheat white flour. An aside - What the fuck IS that, anyway? Is it just me? When last I checked, there was white flour and there was wheat flour. Can anyone explain this?
Anyhow - not wanting Mr. RK to eat an unsatisfactory cake, I remade it with regular flour and ended up with a moist (yes!) yellow cake that even had that springy cake bounce.
Next, I made the chocolate fudge frosting, which came out yummy on the first try.
I also bought some sugar letters. I'm debating what to spell out on the cake - please vote for your choice:
1. "Happy 39th Again."
2. "39 and Holding."
3. "Oh fuck! Another birthday!"
Just kidding about #3. I don't have enough letters :)