Alternatively titled: “You Know Those Recipe Posts With Pretty Photos of Food Being Prepared Interspersed Throughout the Post? This Isn’t That Post.”
It was my friend ALW‘s birthday last week and she and her kids were coming over for a playdate so I decided to throw her a mini-birthday party. Naturally that means I had to bake her a cake.
For instance, it turns out that I only have one layer cake pan, which means that I had a couple of options. I could have made one layer, then made the other, but that seemed like a whole lot of extra work and, if you know me, you may guess that this is not the route I took. Instead I baked one layer in a cake pan and the other layer in a pie pan. What could go wrong with that plan, I asked myself.
Actually, the pie plate layer didn’t turn out too badly. It didn’t come out of the plate too well, but it was mostly okay. Definitely salvageable.
The real problem was with the cake that came out of the cake pan. It looked kind of like the picture above, except it came out of the pan in about three pieces. I put them all together and placed it on a wire rack to cool. When I came back later, this is what I found:
I was pretty sure who the culprit was, so I found Alex and asked him exactly what the hell he was thinking. So he said, “Well, it already looked sort of nibbled at and weird, so I thought it was okay to eat it.”
My response, of course, was, “So, not only did you eat a big ol’ chunk of my cake, but you told me it looked like crap as well?
Later, ALW told me she thought this was hysterical. I was all, “Who does that? Who sees an obviously in-progress cake and assumes it’s okay to just eat it?” And she responded with, “Every single man I know.”
But since I still had to make this cake and there was no way I was going to make another cake, with potentially more disastrous results, I forged ahead with the frosting. Layer one went well. But then when I put the second layer on it, there was something left to be desired.
Okay then. So how about if I put a little more frosting on it and then let Quinn put some green sprinkles on it?
I’m not generally a person who gives my friends gifts for their birthdays because then there’s the whole thing about they feel obligated to reciprocate with gifts for my birthday (which is in June by the way… oh, I kid) and I don’t want that. But every once in a while, I happen across something that is SO perfect for someone that I just can’t help myself.
ALW is a knitter, and she occasionally sends me to knitting blogs for me to look at cool things. Recently she sent me to French Press Knits for me to look at some slippers (you can see them in the FPK header), which she later made and gave to me, and they are AWESOME! (Thanks, ALW!!!!!) But while I was there, I saw a knitter’s rule that caught my eye.
I immediately contacted the maker of said knitter’s rule, KaratStix, and within two days, she had custom decorated ALW a rule of her very own and sent it to me.
ALW loved it. AND the cake was delicious too. Sam snuck into the kitchen after ALW and her kids left and ate all the extra crumbs off the plates.
That pretty much encapsulates “Stimey Style.” It may not always go as planned, and it often doesn’t look good, but it usually turns out okay. And sometimes even great.