I would love nothing more than to say this birthday has been epically stellar. It’s been good…..maybe even great! I’ve made it another year. So there’s that. And I did get to see Rob Thomas in concert last night (front row no less). But alas, I now have a cold. On my birthday. I still need to drag my butt to the gym. (update: that never happened ). My diet has been really off today (not eating nearly enough nor the correct balance). My palate is off. And by “off” I mean, it’s practically non existent.
Hey, here’s a great idea……I’ll bake a cake and since I’m at it, it’ll be a new recipe too!!! Not a wise choice people.
But its my birthday darn it and I’m making my cake!! Yes, I wanted to make my own birthday cake. Yes, I’m now second guessing that decision. However, I had a vision and I dug in. Take that cold!!
Ok, so if any of you have ever seen some of Sweetapolita’s cakes, you’ve feasted your eyes on some really gorgeous confections. If you’ve ever been so inclined to make one of her cakes, you know they are delicious. You also probably know they aren’t something you just whip up in 20 minutes. Oh no. These take time, patience and dedication. Especially todays cake.
Her version of this cake is absolutely gorgeous…..all pink, contrasted by dark chocolate ganache. Mine, was, well my own creation with the inspiration coming from her. All I can say is, I’ll keep trying.
I jumped in and made a chocolate cake with raspberry buttercream and a marshmallow buttercream filling. Great balance of flavors. Chocolate and raspberry are always a classic flavor combination. Plus the marshmallow filling balances it all out. The easiest part of this chocolate cake is making the cake portion of it. Chocolate cakes are, without a doubt, the easiest cakes to make. You can measure your dry ingredients in one bowl, combine your wet ingredients in another, stir the two together and bake. SO easy!! In a pinch this is what I will make for cupcakes, as it goes super fast and makes a lot of cupcakes quickly.
The cake that inspired this creation was Rosie’s Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Buttercream Cake. One thing that I love about her recipes, is she gives you both the scoop measure and the weighted measure. I prefer the weighted measure for the dry ingredients especially. Try it someday. Not all flours are created equal! You won’t ever scoop the same amount of flour each time either. The only way to know exactly how much of each ingredient you are using is to weigh it. I found that for cakes this make all the difference. I found that when weighing and measuring my food for meal prep days this makes all the difference. Takes all the guess work out, I know how much I’m eating. I love my scale!!
I did change it up a little bit today. I ended up making a traditional buttercream instead of a Swiss meringue buttercream. Swiss meringue is a little laborious. If you’re not accustomed to making them and don’t have 10 eggs on hand, then skip it all together and go with a traditional buttercream. Once you have your vanilla base, adding in whatever flavor you want is exactly the same either way. Easy enough to change and adapt. The marshmallow filling was really easy as well. So tasty too! Not an overwhelming marshmallow flavor, but it added a really nice touch to the cake.
Today’s epic journey through cake making helped me realize a few things:
- If you can, avoid baking when you cannot properly taste test
- New recipes take time and should be prepared only at optimum health levels
- I love pink cakes
- I go through more butter than my thighs actually show….so I’ll mark that in the “win” category today.
Today my persistence paid off. I had to re think almost every part of this cake today. I stuck with it and in the end I got a birthday cake out of it. According to my taste testers it was “the best cake ever!” I wouldn’t know. Maybe tomorrow I will actually be able to taste it.
All in all it was a really great day. I got to do what I love. Happy Birthday to me!! Tomorrow will be a day of meal prep, fire water (aka my cold remedy), and maybe some gym time. I suppose I should show you what I eat the other 80% of the time. For now……tea, water, food, bed.