The truth as I know it:

We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life. But those who make their journey home across time & miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us by God's very own hands. ~~~ Kristi Larson

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

This is why I don't bake... among other things!

I watch alot of cooking shows.  I love the food network.  Love Giada.  Love Rachel.  Love Emeril.  Love Iron Chef.  Once in a while when I watch Giada (for some reason, she always inspires me to believe I can actually do this...) I will get the bright idea that I can come up with some fabulously tasty culinary creation. Remember the Butternut Squash Debacle?  Well I do!

So for those of you who wanted to know what  Santa cake is, I think you better read this first.  I can share the recipe if you promise to keep it in the family! :)

This is our Santa cake.  I know he looks a little messy.  Believe me, it's an issue I struggle with.  I didn't actually want to let the kids help me decorate him because I wanted him to look perfect.  But I thought that would be really really ridiculous.  So Connor did all the red parts! Which also meant that some of the white got a little messed up too.  But that's not the reason I don't bake.

 See this big crack between the two halves of my Santa.  See all the frosting that is supposed to be holding him together?  See how it has all poured out onto the tray instead of holding him together like it was supposed to?  Yeah, that's because I always take the shortcut.  I decided frosting would surely hold him together as well as Chocolate Ganache (like the recipe called for.)  Right?  Wrong!

This is our elf attacking the cake overnight.  Just thought I'd share that SOMEONE got some joy from the cake.

This is how we found the cake this morning.... you can't tell very well, but there are alot of sections of the cake that are missing their frosting... because Vince... the dog..... stood on his hind legs and licked him clean this morning.  At least all the parts Vince could reach.  Remind me again why I didn't get a teacup poodle?

Anyway, I just wanted you all to know that every time I enter the kitchen, I am reminded again why it's been six months since I last attempted anything closely related to homemaking.  Remember the exploded baked potatoes incident?  Seriously!

Oh yeah... as for the recipe for the Santa.  You have to run down to Willi@ms S0n0m@ and get a santa pan.  The recipe is on the back of the cover.  Or if you're like me and you like to take shortcuts, you can use two boxed cake mixes.  I will take both boxes, by the way.  And icing cannot be substituted for chocolate ganache.  Just in case you were wondering!


Anonymous said...

I may or may not have just snorted a little when laughing. The elf made me do it. That's hysterical!

Heather & Jason said...

Ha! I love it! I think the elf totally makes the cake.

Lindsay said...

On the bright side, Elf and Vince enjoyed it :)

Amy said...

This gave me quite the chuckle!
I agree with the others, the elf shot made me grin the biggest. Love his leg bent up.

Tracy said...

Oh I love him! Nothing better than a chocolate Santa!--is he chocolate? The messy ones always taste better anyway!

we have a dog who scarfs anything left on the counter, too!! no telling how many times we've eaten after him! :) love you sister!

Kristine said...

I'm in tears...naughty elf.

Ours tp'd our cookie jar the other night. He is looking down from a bookshelf right now...I think I am going to go and get the scrabble letters out and spell something...don't know what yet..but something.

Thank you for the laugh. I needed it. Sarah threw up all night. I woke up to a puppy dog with a huge sore on her patoot that was oozing???!!! TMI.

Maria poured coffee down the front of her from my MIL's mug that she left down too low...fortunately it wasn't hot.

Dog to vet...144.00, 2 shots and 2 bottles of pills later...she is going to be fine. You don't want to know.

Husband is out of town...

Again, thank you for the laugh. I would still totally eat the cake.

mommaof4wife2r said...

i'd eat the dog licked cake...i'd cut the edge off and eat old santa right up, just saying! and i think you did a great job of "not" touching up the icing...i totally would have. you are a better mom.

Barb said...

That's just too funny. Thanks for the laugh. I needed it!

findingourdaughter said...

Hilarious!!! Thanks, I needed a good laugh today!
God Bless!

carolinagirl said...

i am right there with you...

love the elf and the cake shot.

the night that the boys decorated their gingerbread men, we posed our elf on his belly staring at the cookies longingly. too funny!