I baked again and you get to hear about it.

IMG_0987Today, I baked again. I actually made a real chocolate cake. I am so impressed with myself I can hardly stand it. Yes I had a baby and that was hard but there is something about the combination of flour, sugar, butter and eggs that freaked me out to no end. The Kitchen-aid Mixer gave me chills.

In any case I worked up the courage as I was on a tight budget for my husbands 33rd, yes 33rd birthday. Normally, I would have just gone to the baking aisle, grabbed a Duncan Heinz box and had at it, but this time was different. I purchased coca powder and butter. Real butter. Not half fat, organic , vegan or any other, real store brand butter. My son looked at me as if to say, ‘ Get ready mom, I’m going to have a ton of birthdays.’

I searched online for the perfect recipe and decided on the Hershey’s recipe. The only mistake I made was not melting the butter before I made the frosting. It called specifically for melted butter, and I being me thought, ‘who the heck are they to tell me to melt my butter. ‘ Well, I guess I should have as it was a little chunky… I nuked it.. then had to recongeal it in the freezer. BUT, it came out wonderfully. I am actually enjoying a piece as I type.

I think the fear of baking comes from my dad. He was infact a wonderful baker, professional baker who made all sorts of pies, cakes, breads etc. He used to make me these apple turnovers that I devoured until I reached childhood obesity. I kid I kid. No really. But in any case, baking was always his thing. I have fond memories of him letting me and a friend cut lose in the kitchen by making ‘everthing’ pizzas with everything on them. Sprinkles, chocolate chips, pizza cheese, cherries, apple filling, pumpkin. You name it, it was on it. Absolutely disgusting, but  I had the time of my life.

As I have spent the past 5 and a half months at home I have had the privilege to explore the domestic arts. I am loving every minute of it.

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