Sunday, November 21, 2010

another birthday cake

lanterns drying on the "lantern drying racks" AKA bowls
 I am preparing for Thanksgiving, my big holiday, my thing, and this year I am making paper lanterns for the table.  They are simple to make, with tissue paper and glue. 
I forced Mark and Maxwell to help me one evening, and Mark's came out the best.  
Who knew?
the finished product with candles

 I had to do a birthday party for a friend last week.  I made a very fancy complicated dinner, and a very fancy complicated layer cake, with a Bavarian cream filling. 
 It was all going well, until about 30 minutes before dinner, when I peeked in the fridge to check on the cake, only to discover that it has split down the center and had started to list to one side, rather pronouncedly. EEEK! 
A baker's worst nightmare! 
 I whipped a lot of cream, added some chocolate powder, used it to spackle the crack, then had Rolf hold the cake together, while I tied a grossgrain ribbon around it, to anchor the top layer, and make it look as though I had intended it to be that way... pretty freaking BRILLIANT if I do say so myself.  AND I do.
chocolate Bavarian torte with raspberry sauce

1 comment:

  1. you totally have more class than i do. i would have been all, hey look! i made you a delicious mess. happy birthday!