Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Box cake is so last year

Part of mother's day was spent making a cake, FROM SCRATCH. I had been watching The Rachael Ray show, not to be confused with 30 minutes meals or $40 a day, but her actually day time show. Her guest was the one and only Miss Paula Dean. She made a Banana Nut Cake that originated from her current mother-in-law. It looked somewhat feasible and damn tasty. That combination got my wheels a turning, so I made plans right then and there to make one for our Sunday M.D. bbq.

What the hell was I thinking? It was mother's day and I was going to whip out a REAL cake for the FIRST TIME EVER? I have made 4 whole cakes in my life and those started out from a box. (They did turn out just fabulous, but for some reason I thought I would challenge myself.) I had to be careful though. This wasn't the first time I went out on a limb during a big to do. I made my very first brisket for my very first dinner for my future in-laws back in the day. The recipe I had was my grandmother's and called for a beef brisket. The only brisket I found at the Safeway in San Fran was a Corned Beef brisket. Do you know the difference? I clearly didn't. Let's just say Corned Beef is naturally one salty piece of meat.

My mother was planning on coming to our bbq and hubs parents would probably be making an appearance as well. They had just flown back in town from a family wedding in Ohio and arrived at our door just as the meat was being taken off the grill. Luckily, we had planned for a full house.

Dinner went off without a hitch. Half pint went down without much of a fight, the dinner was yuuuuuuuuum and the wine flowed at a nice pace. I did have a fair amount to do with preparing the dinner as well, but it wasn't that hard, so I won't bore you with those details.

It was then time for cake. I think it was the first time I was able to actually cut a piece of anything and it stay intack all the way from the knife to the plate. The first bites came and went and the applause was overwhelming. Actually, there was no applause, but the consensus was: the cake was spectacular!

If I had as much time on my hands as you do Betty Crocker, you would have some stiff competition.


p.s. thanks coco on my grammer question...


cocodrie said...

Yum! So proud.

(ps: it's "intact".)

LVGurl said...

I've been tempted to try the Magnolia Bakery cupcake recipe that Metalia posted a few months ago. But then I'd be left with all those cupcakes. Not such a bad thing... except the excess poundage.

180/360 said...

Homemade cakes are INFINITELY better than boxes. They are time consuming, though. Milk, mix. Dry ingredients, mix. Milk, Dry, Spatter, Eggs, AHHH!

Now I want some cake. :)

Jane is Dating said...

that's awesome girl! J and I are making homemade from scratch cake and even making frosting from scratch on Saturday. We're making spanish rum cake which is so freaking good. good for you. I do love a good corned beef- is brisket like a roast beef?

Angella said...

Way to go! I LOVE baking from scratch and taking pride in the accomplishment. If only there was more time, hey?

BeachMama said...

Mmmmm... I love, love, love baking. But... we all put on too much weight when I pull out the cookbooks, so recently I have been picking up a few treats from the bakery. Just hearing you talk of making something from scratch makes me want to get up and bake something, perhaps today is the day.