Hi! I'm not really ready to come back, but I will be baking for a least the next two weeks. Maybe a few things will end up here for you to see.
Thought I would start out with something simple since I have a very good excuse for my four month absence. "Mr. Man" has been keeping me very busy since his arrival on June 18th and so has BabyGirl. However, I am going to pat myself on the back for making 2, count them, 2 cherry pies when he was only 3 weeks old for a family event that I did not get to attend. I'm not bitter and I hope my pies were not either!
Moving on. So, Sister-In-Law needed a cake this week for a Cake Walk. Can you believe I have never been to one? Crazy. I thought it would be a good opportunity to use my new pan I got for my birthday. Oh yes, I celebrated a birthday during my maternity leave. Too tired to bake myself a cake this year, but I did enjoy some Key Lime Pie Cheesecake along with a few other tasty treats. Anywho, I pulled out my new cookie cake pan today and got busy.
I read reviews and tips on this pan until late in the night and decided that either it was going to be a disaster or just fine. I decided to throw caution to the wind this morning and spray the thing with a tremendous amount of Baker's Joy and hope for the best. Worked great. I don't know why all those reviewers had such a problem. I decided just to use a box cake mix and a simple buttercream frosting, 2 cups. When the cake came out of the oven I put the pans on the cooling rack for ten minutes and flipped them over. Said a short prayer and lifted the pans carefully. I looked over at Mr. Man, who was sitting next to me in his seat, hoping for a smile of encouragement, but instead he stuck out his tongue and made a raspberry sound. So no encouragement from my little helper. However, the pan lifted fine and I moved on to the icing. It took about 2 cups and I did scoop out a bit of cake from both layers to make sure that I got a good amount in between. If I had not been making this cake to package up I would have put the icing closer to the edge to look more like an Oreo. The final thing is taste. I'm not exactly sure, but who could go wrong with a cake mix.