|The frosting on this is…pitiful. Instead, let’s focus on the tacos because the icing is just too embarassing.|
A short while back, our youngest and her friends declared they neededanother Taco Night at our house. This happens about once every three or four months – a bunch of high school kids crowd our living room to watch a movie and make some tacos, burritos, and/or nachos. Since the kids attending the international high school are from all over the world, my greatest hope is to not cause an international incident somewhere in the kitchen between the crumbled beef and the shredded cheddar. We’re often pressed into an impromptu taco tutorial for the new kids who recently transferred into the school.
Stepping out of my comfort zone, I decided to take a run at a triple-layer rectangle cake. I used my new jelly roll pan and turned the cake out on a cooling rack just a few minutes after taking it from the oven. Hot tip: Don’t be afraid to use non-traditional tools in the kitchen – I frequently use measuring devices and straight edge rulers (typically used in quilting) when marking cakes for cutting, trimming, and building.
As evidenced in the photos, I have yet to conquer smooth corners with buttercream. Still working on it now, as before.
The lettuce was fun! I melted some more white chocolate candy bars, added green food coloring gel, and poured it thinly over crumpled tin foil. This went in the fridge overnight. The next day, it didn’t come off the foil in one piece, but broke apart in my fingers. Perfect, all the better to dress the taco. To gauge the size of this “lettuce,” the foil is sitting on a dinner plate.
The “tomato” bits are julienned red Twizzlers cut on the bias. I popped on some green icing for guacamole – next time I’ll take greater caution with getting the color right and adding some bits of color (I was pressed for time at this point). And, there is a bit of white buttercream standing in for the “sour cream.”
This was a fun cake to think about, explore, and construct. The Red Velvet cake underneath the tacos was delicious despite its appearance. The tacos, while fun, were more for WOW! factor than devouring. Certainly it’s a metaphor. And a life lesson.
My default character defects are selfish and self-centered. Judgmental is right up there, too. This is a good lesson for me … I need to take more time with other people and allow their stories to unfold instead of me writing it for them.
Sounds like work to me.