Happy Monday! Before I explain what "full disclosure" I speak of, I just want to remind everyone about the great Giveaway I have going on RIGHT NOW! Blogger was randomly angry last week and deleted a bunch of comments, so if you commented, it might be gone!
Now, on to full disclosure. When you start a blog, you basically agree to put yourself out there for (hopefully) a lot of people to see. Perhaps you can inspire some people, show people what you can do and have an online journal for your thoughts and projects. This post will not inspire you. But it will make you laugh...at me. I love my readers (and I love myself enough to laugh at myself), so here is full disclosure - cake style.
In the past year plus that I have had this blog, I have improved my baking skills. I can pipe icing on cupcakes with beautiful swirls, flood cookies with royal icing, and kill some chocolate chip cookies. People have actually paid me for cupcakes and cookies to bring to their events! Apparently, the one thing I can't do? Make a pretty layer cake. Oh...and spell. I apparently can't spell.
This past weekend we celebrated my good friend Hillary's birthday, and my job was to make a cake. I decided to make a delicious carrot cake. This recipe was given to me by friend Ginger several years ago, and it should be called "Carrot Cake on Crack." It's that good.
So, I think I'm hot stuff, and decide to whip up a layer cake for the first time. Here's the outcome....the ugliest cake in the world, and keeping with the full disclosure, I am not even going to edit the pictures.
I make my carrot cake with love and dedication, and decide to pipe on some orange frosting to go with the "carrot" theme. I write the word "Surprise" on the cake, since it was supposed to be a surprise party but got ruined. A little irony, if you will. I know the cake isn't pretty, but whatev. Picture this scene: I bring in my biggest supporter, Mr. Fo.
Me: "It's not that ugly, right Stu? Is it the ugliest cake in the world? Should I destroy it?"
Mr. Fo: " Umm, you spelled Surprise wrong."
Me: "No I didn't you idiot!"
Mr. Fo: "Sooo-Prise?" (Picture this for the rest of the night)
I'm going to defend myself briefly and say that I am typically a good speller, which is what makes this unfortunate. Oh, and the fact that frosting a crumbly layer cake with homemade cream cheese frosting is near impossible. Kudos to all you cake folks. Just when you think the cake can't get any worse, Mr. Fo says: "You should add a "little r" so that people know that YOU KNOW that you spelled it wrong." So, I add a correction, but I had used all the orange icing and all I had was a leftover tube of black in the pantry. So, now it's an ugly, misspelled, Halloween cake. You know, black and orange. Halloween colors.
After getting a few good belly laughs out of the way, my friends and I tried the cake. It may have been ugly, but man it was delicious.Maybe the uglier it is the better it tastes?
Apologies to the following: My parents, who spent god knows how much on my education to have me misspell a simple world and then feature it on my blog and my father-in-law and sister-in-law who pride themselves on their grammatical and spelling skills.
I hope you have a "SURPRISINGLY" good Monday.