that the cover cake from Dorie Greenspan's book:
From My Home to Yours looked absolutely delicious. I really
didn't know how much trouble I would be getting myself
into. I started off with the cake.. which was pretty easy
I just needed to gather up a few missing ingredients but
that was ok. So.. my cake was baking and about 8 min. till
it was done I started making the frosting. NOW that's
where the adventure starts.
So I started with the sugars and water and I got them
to the boiling point so I started with the egg whites.
To be totally honest I didn't have a candy thermometer,
I had a meat thermometer so I was guiding myself with
that but some how the candy didn't reach the desired
temperature and only reached about 216 degrees F. I
was like.. wellI'm sure it will still work so I added to my
already at the moment whisking egg whites andwished
for the best of the best of the best. Well.. bad decision.
I whisked and whisked or maybe needed to whisk some
more but it came out very frothy and I just didn't know
what to do after that point so I just decided to use the
"frosting" as is. So I began to assemble my cake and
frosting it. It just didn't hold the shape that I wanted
for it but I guess it tasted pretty good. It is totally
chocolaty and let me tell you chocolate isn't my favorite
on the list.. but I'll eat it whenever I have a craving for it.
The cake is super delicious and although unfortunately
the frosting didn't get to the desired point its still ok.
After I was done with the cake I had a lot of left over frosting...
frothy frosting so I started to figure out what to do to make it
better. I decided to add a few table spoonsof Light Corn Syrup.
CHA CHING!! I started whisking again for about 3 min and it
totallychanged the consistency of it. It became the marshmallow
frosting that I should have ended up with in the first place..
but unfortunately was too late to add to the cake.
LIVE AND LEARN right!
Well.. that's why I'm here and that's why baking is an
adventure. It not only creates delicious recipes but also
lets you grow in the process. For next time... this cake
will be the best of the best. I still have other cakes in mind
that are in the book... but I think I'll rest for a bit. My next
adventure I think will be the LINZER Sable cookies with
the jam in the middle. I don't think they'll be too hard
to make.. but HEY... one never knows how its gonna go till its goin'.
Feel free to ask any questions!