Monday, October 26, 2009

Baby Shower Cake + Chocolate Chip Cookies

I received an email last week with the subject title “DIRE NEED”. At first I thought It was spam so I was a little leery of opening it, but when I saw the email address was it sparked my interest. It was a legitimate email from someone who needed a baby shower cake by Sunday. I was up for the challenge, and was given the basic info of Chocolate cake for a Halloween Themed Baby shower. I also found out that the mother-to-be was a huge fan of the Sanrio character Badtz Maru. Now, I myself am an insanely huge fan of Hello Kitty, so I was super excited to be commissioned to do this cake.

The cake was our All-American Chocolate Cake with a Ganache Filling and Vanilla Bean Buttercream. I felt that all of the requests were incorporated in the final requests of the cake. They were super happy with the end result and so was I.

Also, I was flipping through Cooks Illustrated and came across their chocolate chip recipe. It promised a chewy cookie with crunchy edges and a nice toffee taste. Now, I have my own secret chocolate chip cookie recipe, but thought I would go out of my element and try something new. I was highly disappointed. I really want to like this recipe, but to start it was soooooooo time-consuming. There is a process of adding the melted butter and sugar and mixing it for 3 mins, letting it rest for 30 mins and then doing this process 3 more times.

Are you Crazy…who has time for all of that?

When the cookie was baked I didn’t like the way it looked. None of the chocolate chips rose to the top they were all sunken in, and who wants a flat cookie.

Now my taste testers said the cookie was good, but when it comes to baking good is not good enough for me. I want WOWZA,YIPEE or DYNIMATE, so yesterday I went back to my standard recipe and threw in some almonds and pecans and was happy again (along with being stuffed with warm chocolate chip cookies)...

If you would like us to create a baby shower cake or bake you some warm cookies, feel free to send us an email at


Clau! said...

the cake is so cute ;)

Miss Dot said...

WOOOOO pecans! Excellent addition to your cookies! Sweet cake, too! I loved me some Badtz Maru when I was a kid :) I just made some cupcakes with chocolate ganache filling the other day (my first attempt ever) and have decided that I'm madly in love with all things ganache. Nicely done.

Peptogirl said...

That cake is terrific! I hate it when you try a new recipe and it's not as good as your old one. At least now you know ;)

Holly Noelle @ Domestic Dork said...

Gah! Your blog is making me HUNGRY!