Oven ready

In pharmacy school, I excelled in lab work, especially compounding.  Come to think about it, that’s the only thing I excelled in.  Oh well,  the end goal was met – I graduated.  Now as an adult, I excel in culinary skills. Compounding and cooking/baking are similar in concept. So, it’s only natural I can hold my own in the kitchen.  Come to think about it, that’s the only thing I excel in.  But let’s not go there.  This is a happy post about cake.  Besides, I’m still working on THAT end goal. Okay?

This past weekend, Traverse City had a welcome break from the heat.  No, it didn’t snow, but we did get shit loads of rain.  And, when I say heat, I am being a bit dramatic – mid 90’s in August is expected.  Still, the temps dropped twenty five degrees.  Since the summer average highs aren’t conducive to quality kitchen time, I took advantage of this un-heatwave and turned up a different kind of heat  to bake a cake – the oven.  A few months back, I posted that I often use the grill as an oven for dinner items. (#billowing smoke 06-03-2016)  But, baking a cake on the grill … .  #not going to happen.

 random cake crumbs

  • yellow cake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles remains my cake of choice
  • raspberry filling totally rocks my palate
  • fuck that whole ‘red food dye is bad for you’ shit – a good red velvet cake can put me in a dessert coma any time, baby
  • I usually only have ice cream with chocolate cake
  • never understood that lava cake craze a few years back

‘the recipe’

  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoonful baking soda
  • 1 teaspoonful salt
  • 1 cup brewed coffee

Combine first 4 wet ingredients;  whisk 5 dry ingredients together.  Beat wet ingredients into dry; slowly incorporate coffee.  Mixture will be thin.  Grease 13×9 pan, then dust with cocoa powder.  Bake at 350 for approximately 33 minutes.

Finish with frosting of choice – chocolate, vanilla buttercream, and cream cheese all work well.  I usually alternate my kids, asking their frosting preference. A local coffee shop makes an espresso frosting that is just fucking amazing.

When I was thinking about cake and the post, this song immediately came to mind.  Truthfully, I think it’ the dumbest song ever.  The dude goes from singing about cake anxiety to cotton dresses.  It was 1968.  So, … .  I’m sure there’s some deep metaphorical shit going down in the lyrics, but I ain’t that deep.  I just like cake.

someone left the cake out in the rain

 Last slice

If you are at a party and  someone asks the question, “What kind of cake is it?”  Think of my friend Paul and politely respond “it’s good, you should have some.”  ( The Cake Test   05-27-2013 )

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