Hey everyone! Kristina here. My honey is a big fan of all things Japanese and always mentiones how in Japan the women make fancy chocolate cakes for their men at Valentines and the men don’t have to do anything till March (doesn’t work, he still has to do something for me for Valentine’s day). This year I thought I’d humor him a little bit and found:
Great looking cake, great recipe, one problem… I’ve never made a cake from scratch!
Can you believe it? So here I went:
Step 1: grease the pan and the parchment paper. 2 Problems, I didn’t have a cake pan and I didn’t have parchment paper! So I went and got both. Honey grabbed the pan for me, we will discover the issue with that later.
Chocolate I had, chopped it up no problem. I had no sifter for the cocoa powder! A fork and some careful mixing made it okay. Next problem was the unsalted butter. Butter is butter, right? Well actually it turns out I use margarine and it is not unsalted! So…. the melted chocolate was a little salty, but don’t worry, it balanced out in the end.
Next issue (you see what I went through, this baking is hard!) I don’t own a whisk…… What?! No whisk? You see I never use one. I owned one, my son thought it would be fun to take it apart (I guess it was) and I never needed one so I didn’t repurchase. I tried beating the egg whites for the meringue with just one beater, in theory it was like the whisk attachment, but that didn’t work. I ended up using two beaters, it worked but it took forever!
Here is the cake, finally done! It seemed a little flat. I was actually quite upset! I complained to my honey that I did it right and it was too thin. Turns out he had bought a 10″ pan! Worst part was that I didn’t even notice. Well if you don’t follow the directions it doesn’t turn out the same. The cake is still good, just thin.
Turns out I did have powdered sugar on hand but the raspberries didn’t work out for me. Instead I took some conversation hearts and placed them around the outside. Like it?
All in all the cake was good. It wasn’t as sweet as I am used to but it was very good dipped in coffee! Honey agrees too. Of course since it is so early I guess I will have to do something else for his actual Valentine’s present, pooh.
Thanks for hanging out with me while I tried out this baking thing. Maybe next time it won’t be so hard!
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