Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Let Them Eat Cake

On Monday night I baked a cake to enter into the UABSOD (school of dentistry--I use that acronym a lot) Cake-Off For a Cure for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Not only did I feel wife-ly and domestic, but I felt like it was the least I could do to support the fight against breast cancer. My Grandmother McCord had breast cancer, so my cake was in memory of her.  I was excited to have an opportunity to try a cake recipe for Rocky Road Cake I had seen in a magazine a few months back. I used just a simple boxed devil's food cake mix and store bought frosting (I guess I could have made these from scratch, but who really has time for that?). Frosting is my arch-enemy. I LOVE to eat it but was not blessed with the skills to frost anything neatly. Since I had to display this cake, I put 2 gallon sized zip loc bags under it (I centered the cake over the end of each bag so the zipper parts were hanging off the sides of the cake stand) so the cake stand would stay clean while I frosted it. I thought that was a great idea, and all Forrest would have to do was to pull each bag by the zipper ends to remove them and the cake would stay in place and the stand would be frosting free! Also, this cake recipe was PERFECT for me and my lack of frosting skills, because once it was frosted, I covered the entire thing in mini marshmallows, dry roasted peanuts, and chocolate chips! The recipe had me mix a cup and a 1/2 of each ingredient in a bowl and then it said to "press" them into the frosting. By press, my OCD self figured that meant "place individually" so it took me a lot longer than it probably should have, but I had a good time doing it! Next time I probably will just grab handfuls of each ingredient from their individual bags and skip the mixing. On the top of the cake I used marshmallows to make a ribbon for breast cancer awareness. I wish I had the forethought to find PINK marshmallows, but alas, I thought of that at 9pm Monday night, so it did not happen. I think it turned out fairly well!

Doesn't it look yum? You can see my baggies hanging out, protecting my cake stand!

The ribbon on top!
On Monday I was sitting on pins and needles waiting for the results. I did not win one of the prizes (Best Taste, Best Appearance, Best Overall), although I'm pretty sure I probably got 2nd place, but they just didn't award any 2nd prizes. :) Forrest said that my cake got lots of compliments though AND that the slices sold really quickly, thus raising lots of money for breast cancer research! Neither he nor I got to taste it but I guess if people were buying it, it was good! The only disappointing thing was that apparently the people that set up the cakes left the ziploc bags hanging out from under my cake! They set it up instead of Forrest and apparently they didn't understand my ingenious bag idea. I can just imagine my beautiful cake sitting on top of frosting-smeared bags! Oh well, no wonder it didn't win Best Appearance! All in all it was a fun project for me and a great way to contribute to a great cause!

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