Thursday, August 25, 2016
Friday, August 12, 2016
The rare but beautiful bird, the Atlantic Puffin, was spotted in Rye, NH on August 2. This is highly unusual as puffins breed in Iceland, Newfoundland, Norway, New Zealand, and at times, as far south as the islands in Maine.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
I made a Black Forest Cake for Jon's parents' birthdays. Black Forest Cake is a classic with chocolate cake layers, Kirsch (cherry liqueur), whipped cream frosting, fresh cherries, and the ultimate garnish - chocolate shavings. The chocolate shavings not only add a visual element, but add texture and flavor. The cake is a series of contrasts. The cake is rich, chocolatey and sweet. The Kirsch adds a cherry flavor and a bit of a kick, while the whipped cream adds a creamy, airy element. The chocolate shavings cling to the frosting and the cherries add fruity sweetness.
Just before I boxed it up, I sprinkled some chocolate on the top of the cake. It looked lovely.
Here's the cake with a few slices removed.
And my piece!
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
What makes a cake a classic? There doesn't seem to be any specific definition, yet classics are ones that have stood the test of time and have been for generations. While there are lots of varieties of each cake, there are basics that define each cake. Here are a list of classic cakes as I see it. What do you think? Am I missing any?
Red Velvet Cake
Black Forest Cake
Chocolate Layer Cake
Boston Cream Pie
Angel Food Cake
White Layer Cake
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Tres Leches Cake
Lemon Layer Cake
Rum Bundt Cake
Monday, August 08, 2016
It's that time of year again. The time when our friend Mark celebrates his birthday and I make him a German Chocolate Cake. I've made ones in the past here, here, and here, but this year wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to stay true to the German's Chocolate Cake: chocolate cake made with German's chocolate, coconut caramel filling, chocolate buttercream. I also wanted to add something to keep it fresh. So, I decided to make a drip cake with German's Chocolate Bark shards on top.
After I found out that there were 18 people expected at the party, I wound up making 13x9 layers of cake, following recipes from previous years.
After the crumb coat set, I added a thicker coat of frosting and tried to make it fairly smooth. I set that back in the fridge to chill while I made the ganache.
Lastly, but not pictured, I added a few borders of frosting along the bottom of the cake. I set it in the fridge for 6 hours before the party to set and gain some structure. We had to transport it about 20 minutes away on a hot summer evening.
The cake was a success! Mark loved it. He blew out all the candles and ate the leftovers for breakfast!
Here's Lori, Mark's beautiful wife, myself and Jon in the background.
Sunday, August 07, 2016
There are so many things for which I am grateful.
found a local chocolatier. We picked up a small box of these "jewels" for her grandmother's birthday. This is a gorgeous gift.
Tennis has been lovely. I've been playing with my favorite people and it's been so much fun!