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Friday, October 06, 2006

Steady as a Coffee Addict

As you all know, my favourite infertility distraction is cake decorating and if you have to dump a lot of time and money into classes to stop yourself from sitting at home and poking your sore ovaries, then I suggest taking up something that you can utilize down the line. And what better skill to have than cake decorating? Everyone loves a cake. Everyone. Except for the people who don't. But they don't count.

Yesterday, I made a vanilla cake stuffed with raspberry buttercream and covered in vanilla buttercream. And painted pale pink cherry blossoms over it for a couple in my husband's office who had just gotten engaged. Really--I'm that nice. I bake cakes for my husband's coworkers.

Last night, we were watching Ace of Cakes on the Food Network and I couldn't help but notice how steady Duff Goldman's hands were as he painted an outline on the side of a cake. I enviously pointed this out to my husband who replied, "you never see a cup of coffee in his store, do you?"

At that moment, we both looked down at our shaking hands and I thought, "whatever. I am not trading coffee for cake decorating." I've given up quite enough, thank you. Including that second 16-ounce cup. Great--leave it to me to choose a skill that sucks away all the joy from life...

I mean, except for the joy of eating homemade cake.















Photos as per Tara's request... (damn I wish I hadn't taken them against my dining room table cloth)

14 comments:

Tara said...

Picture, please? :)

The Town Criers said...

You know I took a picture--I'm such a whore.

Loading it onto the computer right now. We'll see if it turned out okay. It looked too bright when I took it last night.

Tara said...

Gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Hey! Do you ship to NJ??? Looks YUMMY!!!

Piccinigirl said...

oh that looks good enough to eat...wait you're going to eat it aren't you...can you get some to PA ...FAST???

I love cake, your's is perfect !!!!

Anonymous said...

That looks really good.

Kay/Hanazono said...

Beautiful!! YUM :)

Murray said...

Very pretty cake!

I was just recently going to sign up for a cake decorating class that a friend gives and then I found out you have to bake a cake and make icing each week.... I'm not much of a baker. I think I prefer the decorating to the baking.


Eating cake on the other hand. That I can do!

My Reality said...

Your cake is beautiful. I decorate cakes sometimes. I realized pretty quickly that cake decorating isn't a cheap hobby, though. All of my piping tips/bags/stuff cost me at least $500. I have fun doing it, and I loved the classes so that makes it worth it, right?

mandolyn said...

It does look beautiful, although I got lost in the repetitive use of the word "buttercream." Pure heaven.

Carlynn said...

That cake is beautiful, wow, I would be so proud if I made something like that. How long did it take you to learn how to do that?

The Town Criers said...

I took 3 classes over the course of a year and a half. And then practiced a lot, passing along the cakes to my husband's office. Because no one can eat that much cake.

Rebecca said...

That's a beautiful cake! I took cake decorating lessons many years ago, and it was a lot of fun. I still have all the stuff. I'd be up to my ears in cakes if I baked as much as I would like to, but unfortunately it's a hobby that isn't very compatible with PCOS... :(

Katie said...

Coffee or not, heck, that is GORGEOUS! And the tablecloth only serves to set off the cake's loveliness.

DELISH!

(Am taking a hip hop dancing class to avoid your aforementioned staying home and poking ovaries, although I don't think I'll be taking any pictures.)