A Winter Wonderland
The snow we’ve had this year… whew! I was inspired by what I’ve been looking at for months now. The mountains are simply amazing and the evergreens have been covered in snow. The challenge for me has been the short days of sunshine… but the snow has made it better.
Baking has been going well – even at elevation. Developing confidence has taken some time, and the results are assuring me that progress is real. I feel as though I’m struggling with getting the photographs just right. And, I hope to have the set-up dialed in soon.
I’ve had the vision for this cake design but hadn’t decided what the inside would be until just last night. I was happy to have all the ingredients for the cheesecake on hand (no crust required). It’s best to bake the Cheesecake beforehand so it can sit in the fridge over night.
With the cheesecake in the fridge, I started the Chocolate Cake early the following morning. Since there was a cheesecake for the center, I decided to bake two small 6″ rounds for a petite cake with the remaining batter. As of now, I’m thinking a peanut butter filling.
Give yourself permission to take a few minutes to cut parchment paper rounds for the bottom of each pan – this makes a huge difference in just knowing the sponge will release completely.
Time to get serious about the construction of the cake and see if I could bring to life what I imagined in my mind.
Final construction was good times. I gave the cake base a side-sweeping design with an above-the-rim edging around the top of the cake. I hadn’t factored in the space necessary for the trees plus limbs and needed to scale back the size of the forest.
A little bit of powdered sugar in a screen sifter provides the snow. Then is was trying to find the best light in the house. I already knew I wanted a minimal presentation.
And that’s that. I really love this cake and the yummy flavors.
Everything wonderful in my life is the result of an amazing life partner and the life we’ve built together.
It’s a blessing to enjoy all that we have together.
It’s a blessing to have our people so near.
It’s a miracle to be sober one day at a time