Sunday, November 15, 2009
From Lowes to a Chocolate Cake
Now how in the world do you go from Lowes Home Improvement Center to buy paint stain, to a chocolate cake? It was Eldon's fault I started this cooking challenge. We were checking out and lo and behold there was a magazine with the most wonderful cake on the cover. I had to have the magazine and make the cake.
Getting the ingredients, which I am known for substituting everything, was an adventure in its self. I need bittersweet chocolate not more than 61% cacao. All I could find is 100%, not much difference. Right? Did I ever find out, there is a difference, I had to put a million cups of sugar to make that stuff so it wouldn't turn your mouth inside out. Peppermint schnapps, easy enough. Went to a store to get it and all they had were giant bottles of it, I didn't want to open a bar, all I needed was 1 tablespoon. They have what they call the strip here so off we went to find peppermint schnapps---small size.
It took me all day from about 10 am to 4 pm to make it and I swore I would never make it again. That was before we tasted it. It had three layers of peppermint meringue, two layers of chocolate cake and a wonderful peppermint syrup and then buttercream frosting. Next time I make it and I do say next time I believe I will make the cake thicker, nothing else Texas size and the meringue thicker and the frosting less . Gotta keep the peppermint syrup the same, basically simple syrup with some schnapps in it. Nothing wrong with that in the cooking world.
What really made my day is when I took some to the neighbors and the little girls saw it and said------Mom it's Mrs. Graves and she cooked!!!!! What better response could you ask for.