What I Have Been Up To

It is a sticky, uncomfortably hot Sunday in June…Our heroine is lying on her couch, exhausted from her belated birthday weekend, writing an entry in her blog.  It seems that she hasn’t written in a while and wishes to address the lack of posting — apparently, people actually notice when she hasn’t written in a while.  Our heroine also will now stop referring to herself in the third person…

My 30th birthday came, my 30th birthday went.  The theme of this year’s presents was none other than…baking!  Everyone gave me presents related to either baking, coffee (in the form of Starbucks gift cards), or books (in the form of Barnes & Noble gift cards), but the predominant theme was baking.  My sister said that it means I’m truly a nerd when the first thing people think when they think of presents for me is, “She likes to read…” — though probably the first thought was “She likes to bake…”  I wonder — if I really stress my love of yoga to everyone — maybe my next set of presents, be it Christmas or birthday, will all be yoga related.  If you’re one of my friends and you’re reading this, just let me tell you now that I could really use a yoga retreat…you know, just something to keep in mind.

As I was saying, it is a hot day in June (though anyone time traveling who happens to land on this day would probably mistake it for a July or August day) and I am recovering from my belated birthday festivities, doing none other than what else — baking.  I need to bring samples to work tomorrow for the bride and groom whose wedding cake I will be making in August.  This means a dozen red velvet cupcakes (they’ve decided on red velvet with cream cheese frosting for their cake), chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodles (oh there will be a post on these later), oatmeal raisin cookies and Mexican wedding cookies (which I thought funny because I was making the dough for these while watching the Mexico/Argentina World Cup match…Mexico lost though).  Fortunately I made the dough for the chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin way ahead of time, which saves some labor.

I have two very generous friends who must be mentioned here, because they are letting me use their kitchen for baking the cakes and possibly cookies in August.  This is a big favor to me because baking in August makes for a very hot kitchen and they are willing to let me heat up their kitchen, all in the name of being supportive of little ol’ me.  So here’s to good, supportive friends…

I should also mention that during my birthday dinner last Friday, my sister surprised me with a cake from Black Hound Bakery.  She got me their signature cake, the Busy Bee cake, which was, and I quote from the description — “Three layers of chocolate butter cake, two layers of almond butter cake, two layers of bittersweet chocolate mousse, and one layer of marzipan…all covered in marzipan and bittersweet chocolate and decorated with marzipan and almond petal bees.”  In a word — mmmmmm….Incredibly dense and moist, heavy and very sinfully rich.  Love in the form of a cake.  I took home what slices weren’t eaten and now I want to see if I can make something similar.  Chocolate butter cake…that’s something new to my baking vocabulary…I’m jealous and now must possess the skill to make this cake!

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