My cousin called while I was at work yesterday. Her and another cousin of mine that lives downtown are meeting up for lunch today. But her and her friend’s sleeping arrangements were disturbed last minute, so she called looking for shelter for one night. And I was more than happy to oblige. Quite frankly, I like being able to show off my new furniture.
I told them they must have known I was baking. While they hung out, we put on the Blackhawks game and I went to town in the kitchen. I shaved off the tops of the cake to make it flat. And saved it for later for some cake truffles that I “borrowed” from Bakerella. Then made the fillings for the cake- marshmallow buttercream and chocolate ganache.
The marshmallow buttercream is like crack. It’s addicting and will most likely make your teeth rot. Like I said- crack. And I can’t get enough. Let’s all say it together- CRACK. I am a firm believer marshmallow fluff was given to us from above- it’s like pieces of clouds from heaven all bottled up for us mere mortals to be teased with. Did I mention I have issues with sugar…?Then the layering of the cakes happened. This was not pretty and I seriously started to get nervous that the cake was going to turn out like poo. But after I evened out the sides and promised myself it’d be ok after a layer of buttercream, I trudged on.
Until my handmixer called it quits. Seriously- you can’t handle soft butter? Don’t be such a girly mixer!!! This was actually before my cousin and her friend showed up, so I threw on a jacket and ran out to Walmart to invest in a new Black and Decker. Yeah, I was at Walmart at 9:00 on a Friday night. Jealous? You should be. Who’s got a sassy-pants new mixer? THIS GIRL.
I got home and then started working again. I was finished with the dirty icing (it’s a real term- I didn’t make it up!) and had it ready for the next layer by the time they showed up. I actually liked that they missed the earlier stages- my practice cake was looking ROUGH.
TA-DA! The “sand” is just graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar mixed together. I’ve got a few more things I’m wanting to do for the final product, but hopefully the destination wedding/beach concept goes over well! Jaime reads this blog, so let her know what you think… and be honest! I still have two weeks to change it up a little…
Anyhoo, the three of us gossiped and chatted away all night and then figured we should call it quits and go to bed- the family gossip will definitely be continued at lunch today when Niki joins in on the fun. Don’t want her to miss TOO much, right?
Oh and today I am working out. Because of my little random change in plans, I didn’t last night. I probably could of, but wanted to at least spend some time talking to Joanne and catching up- and not concentrating on the cake the entire time. Totally worth it. But I am working out today. Like as in as soon as I get off of this computer. My cousin and her friend are currently off running and I am heading out to do some weights and hit the elliptical for some serious WORK. Like… right…. NOW.
Later! Have a good weekend!