Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wednesday Baking Returns: Veggie Tales

Yesterday, to celebrate my last day of summer vacation, I pretty much had sushi for lunch and baked. The perfect day, no? So, I made cakelets! With my new pan! And my obscenely overpriced new food coloring (rainbow things are my weakness, ok?)!

I started out by cheating (translation: using boxed cake mix). I figured that my focus for this endeavor would be getting to know the pan, and more importantly, succeeding at my first time decorating anything other than sugar cookies when I was 7. That, and boxed yellow cake mix makes me think of my daddy, it's his favorite. I don't think he reads this, but Hi daddy!

I swear I didn't do this on purpose. This ranks right up there with the woman who saw the virgin mary on her toast.

I'm going to spare you all the nitty-gritty details of the batter and the baking and all that. Nothing unusual happened, how's that? The cakes came out well overall (despite lots of air bubbles). Moist, flavorful, and veggie-like: just like cake should be.

The challenging part was decorating. I soon realized there was no way in hell that I was going t
o end up with these:


I had a bit of difficulty with the royal icing, too. I started out using a recipe from The Joy of Cooking, but it didn't really work. It tasted really eggy, which I'm pretty sure isn't desirable. I tossed that batch and wound up using Williams Sonoma's recipe, halved, which worked out great. I colored and painted and trimmed, and here's what I got!

I wish you could see them better, but my photography skills seem to be getting worse instead of better. Bah. I was feeling sicky last night so Andy brought these little guys to TV night without me. I heard they were a huge hit though, which is awesome! Such a fun way to ring out the summer. Another item crossed off the Foodie To-Do list. Check!


(wife.) said...

I'm so glad they turned out so well!!! :-D The egg thing is hilarious... so glad you took a picture. Next week you'll be seen Julia Child in your honey cake batter.

Anonymous said...

I think this is such a fun idea!
I love your happy face egg yolks!

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