Sinking Our Teeth In
A few weeks ago, as “Dazzle Me This” was swiftly approaching 10,000 page views, we vowed that we would celebrate the happy occasion. Perhaps by baking a cake. But 10,000 page views came and went, and we just were never in the same place long enough to embark upon a baking adventure together. So, we’re a little late. But, when it comes to fluffy chocolate-y goodness, it’s always better late than never.
We decided we’d celebrate 10,000 (now over 12,500) page views and our wonderful readers in style — with a Devil’s Food Cake with raspberry filling and fun quote frosting.
But this cake knew it was going to be a mockery…
While the image gallery below doesn’t show it, this anti-Twilight cake was anything but cooperative. First off, we planned to use strawberries in the center. But we couldn’t find fresh strawberries, and strawberry pie filling wasn’t going to cut it. So we decided to substitute raspberries. Then the cakes overflowed in the oven and set off all the smoke alarms in the house, causing panic for a few minutes. Thennn we didn’t have enough heavy cream, and the filling wasn’t fluffing up enough so we had to improvise and use a pudding filling instead. And, of course, the layers pretty much fell apart when we went to take them out of the pans. Silly cakes. Frosting the cakes at the end was an adventure in and of itself, too. It required knives, spatulas, and a couple of fingers to keep the frosting from tearing the fragile cake apart. We finally gave up and moved on to the decorating. It was always destined to be a very “speshul” cake anyway.
We decided to have fun with the decorations. We found an appropriate quote (from Chapter 24 of “Twilight”): “Don’t I taste as good as I smell?” … “Even better…” Are you amused? We thought it quite witty.
Lastly, we topped our cake off with sugar bats and moons that we stumbled upon in Wal-mart. And a few icing doodles of our own that didn’t turn out too well, but made us laugh anyway. (The one was always MEANT to look like a cactus… we swear…)
In the end, however, despite everything, the cake tasted amazing.
We documented this baking adventure for you, so enjoy!