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?
This is a dala horse:
They are basically little wooden horses carved and decorated, usually meant as toys for small children! Super cute, and super Swedish.
What does a dala horse have to do with baking, Kari?
A few weeks ago, I was browsing the Ikea website (another Swedish icon) and found baking pans, in the shape of dala horses! I bought them immediately. How could I not?!
So when I was figuring out what to bake this week, I knew I wanted to use these pans and basically make a horse cake. I decided on a simple yellow cake with chocolate frosting originally found on Sally's Baking Addiction (one of my favorite food and baking blogs). We also used one of her recipes for dinner tonight, so it was basically a Sally's Baking Addiction bonanza at the apartment today.
Since it's just me and the boy, I cut the recipe in half and still had enough for a big horse and a lil' baby horse as pictured below:
This cake was so easy to make and is so yummy! Definitely reminds me of cake kids would bring to class for birthdays and parties. I unfortunately did not have any rainbow sprinkles, so I made do with chocolate ones and gave my horse personality!
That's all for today! A sweet simple post for a sweet simple cake. Now, back to binge watching The Sopranos! GABBAGOOL!
Happy baking :)