My kids have been sick for more than a month. Since school resumed after winter break, my kids have yet to go to school for a full week. This means that I am behind, having had to miss days of work myself, and tired.
My daughter's 8th birthday was this week. She wasn't at school a full hour before I received a call from the school nurse saying my daughter had a fever, and I had to come pick her up. She was home the rest of the week, which means we had to cancel her birthday plans.
I have already made cake twice this week - red velvet Oreo cupcakes for her party, and a banana cake with chocolate frosting for her actual birthday. I was up early this morning for a five-mile run, followed by grocery shopping. To be honest, all I wanted to do was relax, not bake. Moreover, I was not enthused by any of the cake options for this month. We continue to bake from Roger Pizey's World Class Cakes. The choices for this month:
1. Victoria Sponge Cake - the cake looked lovely but had a jam and Chantilly filling - not my cup of tea.
2. Almond Tart with Honey - I really don't care for the taste of honey except for in things like Honey Nut Cheerios and honey mustard dressing. (I understand how lame that is.)
3. Chocolate Cheesecake - This sounded great to me until I read the recipe. It was basically a mix of gelatin, chocolate, and cream cheese that didn't get baked. Yuck.
4. Red Velvet Cake - by default, this is what I made. I already have a go-to red velvet recipe from Southern Cakes, a former Cake Slice Bakers selection, but I decided to give this one a go.
Because I didn't feel like baking today, I decided that a Bundt cake with a cream cheese glaze would be more manageable than a layer cake. The batter looked good - a really pretty shade of red.
Unfortunately, the cake came out horribly. It stuck to the pan despite adequate greasing (I've never had a cake stick to this pan), and the cake was dry. I am not even going to bother to make any sort of glaze for it, as it's probably going in the trash.
The moral of the story is one that applies to both cakes and hair stylists: if you have a good one, there's no reason to try out another one.