Friday, August 20, 2010

Let them eat cake and a layout

For our anniversary I wanted to make a special dessert. One of my favorite blogs for dessert ideas is Picky-Palate, recently she shared a recipe for ice cream sundae layer cake, so this past weekend I gave it a try.  In an earlier recipe she did ice cream sundae brownies and used the Ben and Jerry's Phish Food ice cream so I used that instead. 

I like to prepare my pans with Wilton's Cake Release. I picked it up in the baking section at Michael's. I don't have any issues with the cake sticking with this.  I just brush it on the ban with a pastry brush.

The cake recipe is easy, dump it all in to the bowl and mix. The recipe calls for 4 layers, but I only have 3 pans, so I figured my layers would be a bit thicker, and I adjusted my cooking time by a few minutes longer.

While the cake was cooking I made my chocolate curls. I didn't know until now that it could be done with a vegetable peeler. 

I found this Creamy Chocolate Frosting recipe at With the layers I doubled it, which made more than enough frosting for my cake.

But that was a lot of chocolate and sugar to sift.

I had a little help in the frosting department. Nicholas also learned he liked to lick the spoon, (he had never wanted to before), Must have been the chocolate.  Because after less than a minute of helping, all he wanted was more frosting on a spoon. I was on my own to frost the cake.

Layering the cake...

Frosted and chocolate curls applied, and it was as delicious and rich as it looks.  

This was probably one of the more involved recipes I have made from Picky Palate, but that was because I made my own frosting and did the chocolate curls. Most of her recipes are pretty easy and very yummy. She also has some great family friendly meals.

And here is a layout using Studio Calico's May Granny's Cupboard, Trinkets and Knick Knack Add On kit's and the Addy alpha stamps from the Sugar Woods August's Add On kit. 

Maybe it is because I am turning 40 in a couple months, or maybe it is because there are some things going on in my life, but this was a bit of a soul searching layout. I have been at a bit of a cross road lately. I have worked towards one goal or another my whole life, and recently I have felt like I don't have something I am working towards. Kind of feeling like the hamster in the wheel. So I have been questioning what is next.  I don't hide my journaling too often, but this one I did, because it was just for me. I did this layout on Tuesday, and funny enough I learned a few things yesterday, that get to the heart of what I was thinking about. 

Hope you have a fantastic Friday and relaxing weekend!


Jackie said...

That looks yummy! I love you LO too, great combo of the different mgs.

Rebecca said...

mmmm, that cake looks so may find me at your doorstep lol! Your layout is beautiful--I havent done a "me at this moment" layout in a while--thanks for the inspiration :)

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

What a delicious looking cake! It's so satisfying to go all out in baking something really special every once in a while. Love the layout, too! I turned 50 last month, so I know what you mean about using a milestone to contemplate life.

Katie said...

came here looking for a layout to comment on and bam! there is that awesome chocolate cake. yummo!
your layout is pretty fabulous, too. :)

Kristina H said...

Boy does that cake look devine! It reminds me of a beautiful chocolate cake that Costco sells.

The layout is great, I hope it helps you figure out what's next!