Wow. Remember that time that I turned 24 almost three weeks ago and was going to post about the cake I made. Whoops.
Here we are, three weeks later, and I'm finally getting around to that post. HBD to me I guess?
Anyway, I don't know why, but I just was not too excited to turn 24. That does not bode well for my 25th birthday. Also, I've never been much of a birthday person. I'd rather be at home with my boyfriend or a friend or two and a glass of wine, than out partying.
Therefore, I decided to make my own cake. (Insert, my mom being disappointed in me that 1. I worked on my birthday and 2. I made my own cake. She is adamant about not working on your birthday. So far I've been successful, but I just started a new job about a month and a half before my birthday and completely forgot to request off. Also, I like baking so why would I pay someone else to make me a cake. However, I am considering taking a baking day off for my 25th because I deserve a break.)
I went through a few different ideas in my head: classic vanilla, funfetti, lemon, but then I decided on chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting and crush pretzels in between the layers. YUM. In hindsight, the pretzels weren't the best idea, just because they absorbed the liquid of the frosting and got a bit soggy, but the flavors were still great. Peanut butter and chocolate will ALWAYS be a classic. Sorry to people who are allergic to peanut butter or chocolate.
It's officially summer and so begins my desire to eat an exorbitant amount of fruit in all sizes and shapes. Hence, this recipe! Once again, I turn to my favorite blog Sally's Baking Addiction. Seriously, if you haven't checked out her blog, DO IT THIS MINUTE. It's perfection.
Anyway, a bit of background why I chose this recipe. I'm going hiking this week (lol) up in Saranac Lake, with my boyfriend and his dad, stepmom, and their kids. However, a few of these are gluten free and cow-milk intolerant, so I wanted to make a tasty treat that everyone would be ale to enjoy, because there is literally nothing worse than watching someone else eat something that you can't partake in, be it because of allergies or an intolerance or whatever. So I found this Grapefruit Loaf/ Cake recipe and decided to use it as a base for my adventure.
Hey there folks! It's been a busy week for me. I just started my summer internship in the classical music department of my local public radio station and finished my spring quarter classes. Next up for school is starting research for my thesis. Eek!
Anyway, onto today's baking adventure! But a little background first. Fun fact about me: I'm 50% Swedish! Jag talar inte svenska. That means: I do not speak Swedish. But, I am trying to learn through Duolingo, which is a pretty awesome website. If you haven't checked it out, I highly recommend it. Anyway, I hail from Scandanavia and one tradition that I love is dala horses. What's a dala horse you say?
So, let's talk about a few things I learned from this cake before delving into the recipe this week: