Happy Birthday to Me!

Maybe that sounded a bit self-absorbed.

As much as I love celebrating birthdays, and even my own, I actually don’t like being the center of attention when it is my birthday.  Which seems contradictory.

Contradictory like how I like making birthday cakes, but dislike being sung to when it’s time to eat my own.

Strange, huh?  Oh well.  I love a good party, but find it awkward being in the limelight.

Anyhow, what you really want to know about is the cake that I baked for my birthday.

I know I know.  My birthday should be the day that I shouldn’t have to bake a cake.  But, the husband got me the cutest cake cookbook ever for, well, my birthday!  I knew that I had to bake something out of that book and I figured my birthday was a good enough excuse to do so.

Earlier this week I saw a sale for blackberries.  I decided to buy a couple boxes to make blackberry jam.  Not that I really eat jam, but I thought that instead of hiding my fruit inside a baked good, I’d let the fruit itself shine.  But then I saw a recipe for jam cake.. and that original idea went out of the window.  🙂

P1160565P1160568

I don’t particularly like the taste of blackberries.  I find them a bit sour.  But in a jam (with lots of sugar, of course), they taste just wonderful!

Oh yes, I should tell you what I made.  Blackberry Jam Cake with Caramel Chocolate Ganache.

Doesn’t that sound wonderful?  🙂

First off!  Making Caramel Chocolate GanacheP1170579P1170584.

Warm buttery caramel poured over semi-sweet chocolate chips = Amazing ganache.  Lemme tell you.  The kitchen smelled wonderful.  Beautiful glossy and rich ganache.  I could probably eat it drizzled over everything.  🙂

P1170614P1170617

Aren’t those layers wonderful?  I’ve started to notice this 3-layer cake trend.  Or maybe it was always there and I was just oblivious.  I only have 2 8-inch pans.  And then I decide to bake a beautiful cake that is… 3 layers.  This always causes me to shake my fist that I still haven’t gone and gotten that darn 3rd 8-inch cake pan.  SIGH.   But anyways, that’s my pretty blackberry jam cake with ganache fillings.  I was supposed to also put toasted almonds inbetween…but I forgot.  😦

P1180635

Beautiful, right?  Gah.  I painstakingly put every toasted almond on there.  hahaha.  I didn’t want to just like mash/throw the almonds on there.  Yeah, I can be particular like that.  My first batch of almonds burned too.  But that’s okay.  The husband likes to eat burnt things (including my burnt baked goods).

It was a beautiful cake that tasted amazing as well.

And if you were wondering… no one sang happy birthday to me.  🙂

Just the way I like it.

Advertisements

Cherries, My New Favorite Fruits!

Hello! Hello!

I am back!  Well… for the time being.  I’m going to try really hard to start posting again.   And come to think of it.. I haven’t baked for a couple months either.   Wow.  That’s probably the longest I’ve ever gone without baking.  Whew.

Anyways,  I digress.

And the reason why cherries are my new favorite fruit?

Well, a couple months ago I got married in a cherry orchard!  hehe.  And then a few weeks later, I returned to that same orchard to pick cherries!  🙂

Picking cherries was super easy and super fun.  You should all try it some time. I think Mr. Angry Baker and I will make it a yearly event.  Wouldn’t it be so cute to bring our kids (in the far far future) to pick yummy cherries at the place where we got married?!  hehe.

So with the very delicious cherries we picked (about 5 lbs worth!), we ate about 2 lbs of it and I used another 2 lbs to make jam!  😀

It was totally easy, but very messy.  I don’t know what I was thinking, but I wore a white shirt.  VERY bad move.  haha.

All the recipe required was sugar, cherries, and lemon juice!  Pitting the cherries was a pain in the butt, because I didn’t have a pitter.  But overall, it took me under 30 minutes to create 1 pint of cherry jams.

Since making this jam, I’ve eaten it over waffles, on pancakes, and as a filling for a yellow cake with chocolate frosting.  🙂

If it weren’t so hot in my apartment, I would totally make all sorts of jams.  Peach, apple, blueberry!  But the added heat from the stove (or oven, which is why I’ve been baking less and less) is just too much for me.  haha.  But hopefully when the weather cools down.. I’ll be able to bake some more!

So please, stay tuned!  🙂