I’m not sure if I mentioned it in my birthday post but I MADE that beautiful extravaganza* of a cake. Honestly, I made it for 2 main reasons, neither of which involve eating it. First, I had envisioned the birthday photo for a number of weeks. I knew that my birthday was going to be the start of my 365 and I wanted the “42” in candles. It wouldn’t have fit on a cupcake. Also, I wanted to see if I could make a four layer cake. This is actually the second four layer cake that I’ve attempted. The first was a vision in pink — red velvet cake with pink cream cheese frosting — for a friend’s baby shower. That first cake was ok. It tasted amazing but was a little lopsided. I thought that I would try again for my birthday. This time I made the cakes in 6-inch (instead of 9-inch) pans. Not only was the height/circumference ratio easier to deal with in the layering, I think it also made for a more impressive cake.
The cake itself is one of my favourite chocolate cakes from Orangette. The frosting, which I also used between the layers, is a simple buttercream. I thought about doing some fancy frosting like this but I wasn’t sure how much I would have to wrestle with the cake so I decided not to get too fancy all in one go. Then I saw this, which made me think of the shaved coconut I have at home for granola.
Speaking of the Life List, thanks to Lesley (who I’m now calling the Life List Whisperer) I crossed off another item earlier this spring. I went to my first roller derby match. It was an exhibition by the Rideau Valley Rollergirls. It was awesome! I loved it as much as I thought I would. Women in hot pants and mouth guards? Hot. It was a really cool experience. I have not been in a room with that many tatooed people since Lolapalooza in the ’90s. Dudes, there was a beer garden. I so want to go to another bout.
* If I do say so myself.