Nah, How Yoo Doin??
I hope you're doing well. I'm pretty sure I'm doing well, but I'm in the middle of a sugar coma right now, and there's not much that I'm certain of at this point. Example: I spelled "of" wrong, three different ways. You might not think it possible, but I found a way. It's my own fault. Since breaking the sweets fast at 1AM on Easter Sunday with a slice (or two) of Grapefruit Cheesecake, I've had
- 2 more slices of cheesecake
- 1 doughnut
- 2 1/2 cinnamon rolls
- 1 jelly bean
- 2 York Peppermint patties
- 1 heaping helping of chocolate cake
- thin mint icecream
- 2 chocolate bars
- 8 left-in-the-freezer-for-a-month chewy chocolate meringues
And that was just yesterday. I'm eating carrots right now, trying to find some sort of balance. It's not working.
Today, I bring you the Bird Cake (adapted from blissfully domestic), of which I've had a few nibbles, on top of my morning cinnamon roll and smoothie.
I'm going to try and do a food-bloggy thing, where you get some pictures, and a nice recipe to follow at the bottom. I don't know if it will work, I'm not really sure of what I'm doing. But by golly, it's Cake Week, and I'm going to give it my best shot!
|Laying everything out, measured and ready, is called Mis en Place.|
The pro's do it, because they're cool like that.
I do it so I only have to think at the beginning of the recipe.
The batter for this cake is actually cooked on the stove, which makes it pretty unique. I've never cooked cake batter before. Because it has
espresso powder instant coffee in it, and you do the whole chocolate part first, I nearly convinced myself to just drink it and disappear from bloggydom. That way you'd never know.
In case you get that feeling too, just move quickly to step 3. Pouring 2 cups of flour in something makes it look much less like something you'd enjoy drinking.
|This recipe only used a large saucepan, and a whisk.|
I don't count the spoon, because I only used it to lick the bowl.
I also don't count the calories, because this was done before breakfast.
Once the cake was baked & cooled, it was time for the extras. The filling is just a white icing, with chopped up chocolate chips in it. The topping is a chocolate ganache. I had a little trouble with the consistency of the ganache, but I was riding a wave of research-motivation, and was rushing to get to my office before said wave crashed.
NOTE: DO NOT USE COFFEE CREAMER. I thought it might be nice since the batter was all coffee-smelling. It's not. It's a bad choice. Don't be like me. Make good choices.
|The top, meh.|
It's not too bad.
|The sides are an entirely different matter.|
Whether your Monday is the cakewreck kind or not, I hope you find a way to enjoy it! Anything exciting happening for you?
(happily) Shaking from the sugar,