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2014 So Far

Welcome to 2014!! Somehow it is already 4 days into the new year! I wanted to give a quick recap of what I have done so far this year. Also, for anyone who regularly was reading my blog, I apologize for the lack of posting in the last few months of 2013. I hope to get a few recaps written up about what I did, but if not, I would like to say I hope to be back to blogging on a more regular basis. 

New Year’s Day was my 3rd wedding anniversary! Woohoo! It has just flown by, which I would like to attribute the fact of my husband being in law school, taking the bar and myself being a baker. Talk about crazy schedules that don’t mesh up!! But we have done lots of fun things together in the last 3 years and I am looking forward to all the adventures that will come in 2014!

Also, I made myself get up and go for a run on New Year’s day. I believe I ran about 5 or 5.5 miles. I stopped at mile 2 or so to do a few push-ups and dips on a bench, proceeded to sit down and facebook  message a friend, and while sitting there I saw a group of 8 or so ladies running by me. I got up and quickly fell in with them, thinking they would be a good motivator to keep me running! I met a new friend, S, who is a Texas transplant from Iowa originally. We had fun talking about our farm families and new city lives in Texas. 

Oh, I forgot to mention, this post is coming from Dallas because we are up visiting my in-laws for Mimi’s 85th birthday party today. All the brothers and their families are in town and we are having a big old party tonight to celebrate her birthday. I have to go finish decorating her cake as soon as I’m done writing this post! We also celebrated Christmas again, so all the kids could open their presents, and I was supremely spoiled a second time by all of my husbands family!

Yesterday, I took Pearl for a 4 mile run because she was bouncing off the walls! Finally, last night she conked out and was calm. It was a chilly run for me, maybe only 40 degrees and windy! I’m feeling good about my runs, although they are slow, it is nice to get out and get moving after the month of December, in which I only ran and handful of times.

What have you done so far in 2014??

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Posted by on January 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Oreo Chocolate Mousse Cake

Oreo Chocolate Mousse Cake

I tried to write this post a few weeks ago, but when it was almost finished, the whole thing got deleted. Here is the shortener, mainly picture version!

I had the chance to make another birthday cake this week, and it came with a great opportunity to use my creativity skills and create a cake I’ve never made before. Luckily, I got some help from The Crumb Boss and her YouTube site for recipes and how-to’s. The videos had a little more chatting than I prefer, but great to watch for technique and recipes. Before I get into making this great creation of a cake, check out what came in that big box:

I got a Kitchen-Aid Mixer!! Woo-hoo. This cake really made good use of my new mixer. I am learning to get all of my ingredients prepared before beginning the baking process. Making sure eggs, milk and butter are at room temperature will ensure your cakes and icing bind together well. If you add cold milk to your butter and sugar mixture, it can cause it to seize up and get lumpy.

Also, prepare your pans before you start mixing anything, that way you can immediately pour batter into pans and put them in the oven. Some cakes will not rise correctly if they sit after mixing or before being put into the oven.

While my chocolate cakes were baking, I began making chocolate mousse with help from the Cake Boss videos and website. First off, whip heavy cream.

Next, melt chocolate. Make sure you have as much as the recipe calls for, I only had half and ended up adding a few different chocolate bars I had around the house!

Whip egg whites until they have soft peaks.

Slowly fold half egg whites into chocolate. Add whipped cream and other half egg whites until smooth.

At some point, use food processor to chop up oreos. Begin layering process: chocolate cake, chocolate mousse and oreo crumbs.

Remember to add oreos BEFORE placing middle layer on cake. Or you will have to attempt to pull the middle layer off like I did – very nerve-racking! Lesson learned.

Finish layering cake. Figure out how to ice cake. I ended up having a lot of the chocolate sauce left that wasn’t made into mousse, so I decided to pour it over the cake kind of like a ganache.

I was very happy with the end result, even though, per usual, things didn’t go exactly as planned.

Happy Birthday M! She is demonstrating the Mexican tradition of taking a bite out of your cake before it is served. They were telling me that someone will usually push your face into the cake, so she was pretty worried about that. All of the girls restrained our men, and she came away with a cake-free face!

I love living in San Antonio and the new friends I have met here. I am getting the chance to learn about another culture and they are challenging me to bake new and interesting things! What do you love about where you live?

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2012 in Baking, Cakes, When in Texas...

 

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