a simple cake

July 3, 2008 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts life


We made this small, 9″ chocolate cake for a friend last night and decided to leave most of the surface undecorated except for a shell border at the base. We really liked how smooth the cake looked. This morning I snipped a few purple johnny jump-ups (which are edible by the way) from our balcony for simple adornment. Mark’s been telling me that I’ve been eating a lot of buttercream lately. Um, thanks, Captain Obvious, but what else are we going to do with leftover buttercream?

Thanks for all your comments to the last post. I feel better today (actually, I don’t really feel like such a great mom today, but that’s a whole ‘nother long post). I think part of my problem, and one that I’ve always struggled with, is that I’m super goal oriented and I’m a bit scattered in my interests. For some reason I have a strong need to do everything, and so I don’t ever focus on just one thing, and what often ends up happening is that I don’t get anything done. Mark’s the opposite of me. He can be quite content with the situation on hand, whereas I start pacing around looking for the next challenge. I suppose that’s why it works for the most part. I would probably KILL another me!

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  • alicia July 4, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    I’m a huge fan of your beautiful blog (as well as your yummy treats!) …

    I think you do an amazing job of balancing work, kids, dreams, and goals. Basically, life in general.

    I can relate to your “need to do everything” on so many levels– but try not to be so hard on yourself because you really are doing such a great job in terms of living your dream.

    You’ve already accomplished so much…
    Marriage ?, children?, career?, entrepreneur ??…
    Trust me, you have absolutely “gotten things done!”

    Awaiting the next challenge is healthy. But never loose sight of all the wonderful accomplishments you’ve succeeded along the way.

    Btw, that cake looks AMAZING!! (and, I hear ya with the leftover buttercream….yum!)?

    Have a safe and happy 4th!

  • Bronwyn July 8, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    I hear you on the buttercream…we have three flavours in our fridge right now and I spent half the morning eating coconut buttercream out of a kitchen Aid mixer! The cake is beautiful and I love the flowers…I have been using carnations on some of mine(which are edible too) but do you have to use organic seeds when planting?

  • Jenna July 8, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    I doubt you have to use organic seeds for edible flowers, unless you were very particular. I imagine that growing without pesticides would be quite safe enough. yay for buttercream! We just made lemon today. And thank you Alicia for such a nice comment!