Our senior year, I nearly fried my brain trying to come up with the most amazing senior quote for our yearbook. In the end, I went with lyrics from a Cracker song.
I have always taken more than I have given back,
As a matter of fact,
I’ve given nothin’ up.
All that work, just to be outdone by Melissa’s.
Life is short, eat dessert first.
She was so right! Life keeps speeding by and I find that I never eat enough dessert. Well, I have came up with a challenge that’s going to nip that shit in the ass.
THE CAKE A WEEK CHALLENGE!
I don’t know if it my Virgo tendencies or what, but I’m not happy unless I am running myself right into the ground. I’m blogging, doing social media, watching every tutorial there is on how to twitter, begging people to review my books, writing my third book, the You Bought It, You Read It Challenge , and an insane amount of overtime at work. Now, I have challenged myself to bake one cake from scratch every Sunday.
It started with the fact that the beau can eat an amazing amount of store bought cookies in one sitting. The workday is over, he comes home, grabs the sleeve of Keebler’s and heads to the couch for a little TV time. Boom! Cookies are gone. After making a cake the other week, my studies found (because this is scientific shit here) that he’d cut a piece of cake, head to the couch and that was it. His cake intake was controlled unlike the cookies. Don’t get me wrong, I think he could very easily just take the whole bake-and-carry container with him in the living room and never look back. So far, so good.
My inner hippie digs this because I don’t know what the hell they are putting in those store bought cookies. Let’s be real, what makes a cookie have a shelf life of two years. I know when I make cookies from scratch, those guys would not survive the that long. Are they dipping them in formaldehyde before shipping them out to the public?
Also, this gives me more time to spend with Buttercup. *blushes* I love you, Buttercup.
On this challenge, I was planning to explore baking blogs galore! I was going to find every delectable recipe ever created! It seems I have developed a bit of a cake crush though. Seriously, this blog is probably going to have to take out a restraining order on me. Yesterday was week three and I have used the same blog for all three cakes! Life’s Ambrosia has recipes of every culinary genre, but I can’t get past her dessert tab!
The Blueberry Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Picture from: lifesambrosia.com
I felt like I had experienced this before, but couldn’t put my finger on it. When I told the beau about it, he was a little wishy-washy. He loves cake, but blueberries aren’t his favorite thing on Earth. Surprise! He loved the cake. The lemon blueberry balance is perfect.
Pumpkin Cake with Amaretto Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Photo from lifesambrosia.com
This one I was a little leery about. Pumpkin in a cake? Should I wait for Thanksgiving, it seems like a Thanksgiving cake. Hmmm. The beau, still on a cake high from the week before, would agree to anything at this point, So I trudged on. I was a little pissy that the liquor store didn’t sell anything smaller than a quart of amaretto. What if I never used that stuff again?
I should have bought a gallon of that stuff. This cake is going to be sticking around in my recipe book.
And that thought on Thanksgiving. As long as there is canned pumpkin on the shelf, I don’t care what time of the year it is. This is a rocking cake.
Photo from: lifesambrosia.com
I can’t give you a review on the prepared version of this one yet. It was still cooling when we went to bed. But… if the raw batter of it says anything, this one is going to be as bitching dessert as well. I know, I know. I’m going to get salmonella. Read the title of this blog entry, for God’s sake.
I love S’mores but rarely have the opportunity to make them. When I saw this recipe I thought, S’mores? In the oven? Fuck yeah! I’ll let you know what we think! That is if I’m not to fat and lazy to make it to the laptop.
*Excuse any typos, I barely had time to write this over coffee this morning. It was a busy, busy weekend. Plus, who the hell can concentrate on words when you are looking at those cake pictures!