On that note, here is some entertainment for you all, especially my faithful peeps who came back to visit me after a long unannounced and unintended absence.
Ever since I found out one of my favorite talented bloggers, Carol of Mix, Mix, Stir, Stir (an appropriate description for this week's recipe) chose this week's TWD challenge of The Perfect Party cake. I have been so excited to try it, not only because she is awesome, but because I have envisioned it as being my baby girl's 1rst birthday cake. Her milestone birthday is just around the corner, so I thought how perfect it was that I get to practice making it first before the big day.
Well, knowing how difficult it can be do do a layered jam-filled cake, I decided to start the cake early. Uh, yeah, right. I started this cake around 9:00 p.m. last night and finished it a little before midnight! Yes, that is the way I like to do it around here, sleep-deprived and with plenty of interruptions!
- Next time, I will chill cake layers with frosting, then jam, and then again with frosting for a cleaner look. Timely, but look should be way better.
- I should have pinned down the layers. They slid upon cutting.
- May hybrid this cake. Yes, I will try to use cake mix with added powdered lemonade or lemonade, and lemon extract. Instead of using the lengthy from scratch cake steps (Sorry, Dorie).
- I will double the frosting recipe. It is a great recipe, but I did not have enough to pipe a border for the preserve filling and complete frost the top and sides. I had some bald spots!
I thought I was being clever by adding Blueberry Preserves to the layers. I wanted a Red, White, and Blue theme to celebrate the 4th of July! You can hardly notice. Oh, well. I tried. And because I am not perfect ( I know you are shocked, aren't you? So, is my hubby who is still under the illusion that I am!), I WILL make this cake-again, using several variations. So what if half my family is not crazy about coconut.
I have a vision. And it will be fulfilled on July 12 th when my baby girl celebrates her 1rst year of life in this wacky, but wonderful world!
Now go check out what the other wacky TWD'ers created, perfect or not!
It is good to be back!
FYI: My new guilty pleasure, Ice Road Truckers, the t.v. show, not real truckers(seriously).