6/6/10

Gourmet's yellow cake with chocolate frosting circa 1987

Matt's birthday cake is a case of what should never have been--as in, this cake should not have existed after what I put it through.

Here is a brief list of things I did wrong:
1. undercooked all three layers of cake.
2. tore two of the layers trying to get them out of pans.
3. completely finished making the frosting and even put it in the refrigerator to cool only to then spy 9 oz. of chocolate I had left out entirely.
4. didn't give frosting long enough to come to room temperature so that when I began spreading it, I further mangled the cake layers.

Gourmet's version:

 our version:
This cake is like that lucky person that walks away from a horrible car accident without a scratch. Well, let's be honest. There were a few scratches.
Icing a layer cake reminded me of the crappy first draft in writing. You kind of just need to to get the cake covered with frosting no matter how messy it is and even though crumbs will be everywhere and you will start to doubt why you even thought you could do this in the first place.
But eventually you'll get there.
Ten days after the actual date, this should finally close the chapter on Matt's birthday meal. Let's not close the chapter on Matt though. Because there's still so much more to share.
 
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12 comments:

Megan Taylor said...

Wow, what a post! First of all, the cake all smothered in chocolate like that...give it to me! I also love that you correlated layering a cake to the writing process. I totally agree. It's all about going forward. Also, like the picture of Matt's hand in the pumpkin, classic! xoxoxo

Anonymous said...

dude. the photos at the end of this post are totally making me crave a long hang-out session with you guys. preferably complete with matt picking up bags off the floor with his teeth.

teresacooks said...

Oh how often things like this happen with cakes. Thanks for posting about it, I feel less alone;)

Megan Taylor said...

Thanks so much for the article, Amelia. I forwarded it onto my SF friends. That was very thoughtful :) xoxo

amelia said...

teresa: no problem! it was my absolute pleasure. :)

megan: thanks! and so glad you liked the little SF piece. I'm into The Rumpus.

Marsha and Mark said...

Matt's birthday cake looks delicious! The birthday card looks familiar....

dulci said...

haha - did it at least taste good?

http://ladulcivida.blogspot.com/

amelia said...

dulci: can't believe we forgot to mention. We ate the entire cake between the two of us in three days. SOOO, YES. it was delicious after all!

dulci said...

p.s.
Don't think I mentioned that I luv ur blag.

but i do.

http://ladulcivida.blogspot.com/

amelia said...

thanks, dulcii!!

Anonymous said...

Lol that was a good post thanks for the smile

Jennifer said...

still love this post!!