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What’s the deal?

Cupcakes are a huge deal lately.
There are mini cupcakes, jumbo cupcakes, the classic cupcake, and baby cakes. From cupcakes for weddings, to cupcakes for first birthdays- The options are endless.
Everybody is in love with The Cupcake.
It is a raging fashion trend.
It is Vogue.

What ever happened to the good old fashioned layer cake?
You know, the ones that you frost with a butter knife?
I can do those kind of cakes.
They are enjoyable. They are cute. They are tasty.

This cupcakes trend? I cannot do.
Seriously. Take a look at these.
This is todays failed attempt at chocolate brownie cupcakes.

No really. Did you see those? They are single serving crater lakes!
I don’t know why I even tried. They never turn out for me. I literally can only remember two or maybe three occasions where I baked tolerable cupcakes on my own.
Maybe I will devote an entire day to cupcake baking. Someday I will bake a nice cupcake. One day I will figure out what the deal is with my hideous cupcakes!

Alas!
I tried to save them with frosting.

You never would have known what faults my cupcakes had if I hadn’t told you…
…right?

[In all honesty, I have nothing against cupcakes. It’s only the ones that come out of my oven that I have problems with. ]

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Twenty-four.

Tonight I am baking a vanilla cake and making lemon buttercream frosting.
Tomorrow I am going to be assembling them together to create a summer birthday cake. I have visions of  this delicious cloud-like masterpiece that will melt in my mouth after all my efforts are expelled.
Yes, I know, I have high hopes.

My sister, Alyssa, is turning twenty-four tomorrow.
She loves lemon.
I love her.
There will be lemon tomorrow.

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     Today I tried to get back into the swing of creativity.  I started sewing.  I didn’t really feel like it, but I did.  And I liked it.  I’m hoping to sew up lots of little stuffed animals for the second annual ♥ Lovely Heart Project ♥ Click Here to check that out and see what it’s all about.  We could always use more volunteers.  I would like to find a simple pattern for some knit children’s toys as well.  For now I’ll just keep sewing farm animals.  The pig is my favourite.

    I have been thinking of Marble Cake lately.  Good old-fashioned marble cake.  As I imagine my great grandma would have made for some special occasion . (I wish I could have known her.)  I have contemplated marble cake,  with those vanilla and chocolate batters swirled to perfection,  all week.  Today was the day.  Yes, there is a three layer marble cake covered with fluffy chocolate frosting in the fridge.  I am looking forward to a cold glass of milk and a chilled slice of cake later tonight.  You should come share the joy with me.  Because really, food is a joy to share.

     This recipe will have to be good enough for now, friend.

Marble Cake

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoon Dutch-process cocoa powder

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter cake pans; set aside.(I used three 8 inch pans, two would probably work as well though.) Whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Mix in vanilla. Add flour mixture, alternating with the buttermilk and beginning and ending with the flour. Set aside 1/3 of the batter.
  3. In a bowl, mix cocoa and 3/4 cup boiling water with a rubber spatula until smooth. Add the cocoa mixture to the reserved cake batter; stir until well combined.
  4. Spoon batters into the prepared pans in 2 layers, alternating spoonfuls of vanilla and chocolate to simulate a checkerboard. To create marbling, run a table knife (or wooden skewer) through the batters in a swirling motion.
  5. Bake, rotating the pan halfway through, until a cake tester comes out clean, about 30 minutes.  Turn out cake from pan and cool completely on wire rack. Cake can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

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     I really want to start on Christmas presents now.  I have a few ideas.  I haven’t knit something for a while now and feel like knitting so much.  I’m hoping to start knitting a sweater for my nephew, Jason.  Looking for a handsome pattern is not easy.  There are a lot of ugly sweaters out there.  I finally found one that is a vintage pattern. It has ships and dots on it but…I’m going to change mine to stripes.  Just little stripes. Anyways, the site had some really neat patterns that truly are vintage.  It’s called Free Vintage Knitting.  It was pretty cute.

     Yesterday I worked an espresso machine!  I’m so excited to learn the ins-n-outs of making good coffee. There is a difference between coffee and good coffee. I definitely need practice in the steaming area. I think I was told I made Starbucks foam a few times (not good).  Dear Me. It is really fun to hear Starbucks being made out as the epitome of ‘bad coffee’.  It is different, as most people adore beloved Starbucks.  Anyways, back at it this Sunday. We’ll see what sort of foam I’ll make this time.

     I received one of the best gifts ever for my birthday this year.  Mom and Dad got me a down comforter.  O how wonderful it is!  I went to work on Monday and dreamed all day about being under my comforter.  I love my new blanket.  I can’t stop thinking about it.  I think it’s an addiction!

     I made a Pumpkin Spice Cake with cream cheese frosting and it turned out SO good. I believe I’ll share it with you.~
    

 For the cake~

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice (or 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon each allspice and cloves)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin puree

For the frosting~

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, very soft
  • 1 bar (8 ounces) cream cheese, very soft
  • 1/4 cup honey or enough powdered sugar to make it sweet enough for you
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin-pie spice. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, butter, and pumpkin puree until combined (I added a tad bit of cream as it seemed rather thick for a cake batter) . Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture, and mix gently until smooth.
  3. Turn batter into prepared pan, and smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool cake 10 minutes in pan, then turn out of pan, and cool completely, right side up, on a rack.
  4. Make Honey Frosting: In a medium bowl, whisk butter, cream cheese, and honey until smooth.
  5. Spread top of cooled cake with honey frosting. Cut cake into squares to serve.

     I hope you enjoy it! I absolutely LOVE it.

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Cake….for whose birthday?

Cake.
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The birthday cake.
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     Yes, I finally baked that cake I had been meaning to. I baked it here this morning and decorated it at at Alyssas’ house. I put candles on it and let the (closer than not) birthday girl blow them out. We ate cake for lunch.
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     I think it was the first cake I had ever really decorated. It wasn’t even anyones birthday either. It was Alyssas’ un-birthday, I guess.

     The Z is not my friend anymore. Yesterday was the first time I had ever considered selling him. So sad. Mama is making stuffing for our roast chicken dinner. It smells so good! I believe it is one of my favourite things.

     ♥ Go bake a cake! ♥

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grey sky

     I woke up this morning and I was cold!  Compared to last Wednesday it is freezing.  Last Wednesday at the zoo was the hottest day I can remember.  The zoo was fun though.  The ice cream cones melted…very fast.  Today is pretty chilly.  I don’t know why I am drinking a ‘creamsicle’ on ice.  They are quite delicious- Orange Juice, Cream, and a splash of Vanilla – Yummo!

     Saturday we went to The Village Theatre and saw Showboat.  I got shivers when ‘Joe’ sang Old Man River.  It was wonderful.  And for days I was singing ” …fish gonna swim, birds gonna fly…can’t help lovin’ that man of mine…” .  I love going to the plays.  Meet Me In St. Louis is coming up next season at The Village and White Christmas is going to be at The 5th Avenue this winter.  I kinda doubt I’ll get to see them but they sound fun.

     I’m trying to learn French… it’s not coming so well.  I’ve wanted to learn for so long and I’m finally setting down to it.  We’ll see how it goes.  I’m sure it’ll take quite some time.

     My sisters’ birthday was July 29th and I really wanted to bake her a birthday cake.  It was too hot to turn the ovens on and I never did it.  Now I really want to bake one…and decorate one.  I don’t want to have to eat the whole thing myself though.  Oh dear… such a dilemma.

     A votre santé!

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