Wednesday, 15 October 2008

It's My Birthday and I'll Overeat if I Want To

I think we might be behind a post or two...Maybe there will be a weekend post to make up for it. My google reader is totally overloaded with all the Mofoing going on, I think I'll have to wait to catch up on all that. Glad we've been finding some new readers to our blog. Hope you are enjoying it. And I've also begun enjoying some great, new blogs.

Well, first off, Sarah and I had birthdays this weekend. Sarah's is the 11th and mine's the 13th. We had a big party for Sarah's that I'll blog about next, but first I want to brag about the cake I made for her.

Check this baby out!

I used the Raspberry Blackout Cake recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance and the Chocolate frosting from The Joy of Vegan Baking. I doubled the cake recipe since we were serving 16 people. Now, I know that making a layer cake doesn't seem like such a challenge, but let me explain. Japanese ovens are about the size of an American microwave. So you can only fit one pan in the oven at a time (like I even own more than that). On top of that, the heat source is some strange convection type thing, but not quite. I don't really understand how it works, but the heat source is concentrated at the top. Anyway, I had to take the cake out of the springform pan, flip it over, put it back in the pan, and continue to bake it for another 15 minutes. Then do the same with the other layer. It took me like 3 hours.

But man, was it worth it, this cake was delicious if not sugar coma inducing.

Here's some more food porn for you all.

Sarah's boy bringing out the cake. The first time, a ceiling fan in the hallway blew out all the candles and we had to sing twice.

Sarah wishing I would finally agree to marry her so we can have this cake for every anniversary to come.

Oh yeah....

Ok, I'll stop...but seriously it was good! And I was so proud I didn't totally fuck it up.

So Happy Birthday to Us! Happy Birthday to Us! Happy Birthday to Us!


Haha! I totally lied one more...


Neta said...

The cake looks awesome!
I had the Raspberry Blackout Cake for my birthday too, so I know it was also very tasty :)
Happy birthday!

tara said...

aghghghhgh that cake looks amazing!!!

Jeni Treehugger said...

I am drooling onto my keyboard!
That looks sooo good.
I have a counter top electric oven and it is complete pants, but somehow, through a lot of trial and error, I can knock out some alright cakes.
Happy Birthday to you both!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Happy Birthday! I'm glad the cake turned out, despite the funny cooking issues.