I won't bore you with the details, but my Tarot reader* intuited that I should carve out more time for cooking and this blog. How she does it, I don't know, but I couldn't argue with her. It's true; I've been dying to work on more kitchen projects. To me, there are few things in life more satisfying than creating a dish with my hands and feeding them to my loved ones.
The reading was especially timely, since it was only a few days before my boyfriend's birthday. He had planned a BBQ/pool party at his apartment, and I decided to bring a homemade cake. My boyfriend has been a very enthusiastic taste tester since the beginning, so baking a cake only makes sense. After a very easy investigative work (e.g. I asked him what kind of desserts he likes and he didn't suspect a thing), I settled on the carrot cake. Bon Appetit's April 2016 issue featured its Best Carrot Cake recipe, and this was the perfect time to break it out.
One of my best qualities in the kitchen is also one of my worst downfalls: blind overestimation of my own skills. I hardly test out a recipe before serving it to people. This birthday cake represents a lot of first. It was my first layer cake, my first carrot cake, and my first ever attempt at cake decorating all rolled into one. How hard could it be? I foolishly thought.Read More