Yep, I'm ready for a cake. But let's ease into cake making again with this Sunday Night Cake. Just a one layer cake and it's square. Wait a minute! No layers? Square? What the?
This seems like a cake my mom would have whipped up for a Sunday night dinner. No layers, just served in the cake pan with a simple frosting. Yes, this takes me back.... This cake is making me feel old timey. (or should I say child like) Memories of being a kid and seeing that cake being baked and stealing licks of the frosting. Or even better, getting to lick the beaters after the cake batter was made. (simple pleasures of childhood) :o) And it was generally just a boxed cake mix. But that didn't matter as a kid. Cake is cake after all.
I'm not sure why, but I really feel odd about making a square cake. I know, it is only a different shape of pan. But it just seems so alien to me. (and not just because my cake pan cabinet is overflowing with round cake pans) Do I even have a square cake pan? I know I have glass ones, but I don't think I actually own a metal 9 inch square cake pan. Does this mean I have to go out and buy one? Hold the phone....I got some cute mini spring form pans and mini bundt pans from the hubbie for Christmas...idea forming......the need to buy something new going on back burner.....
So I started writing this post last Sunday, after I posted the lemon pistachio cornmeal muffin post. I was feeling pumped to get right into another recipe. But I still had an Apple Tart to make for Tuesdays with Dorie. And the whole pan dilemma was still weighing on me. So I put it off.
Yes, square versus round is a serious thing
Okay, it wasn't so much a ponder as it was a weather thing. I was going to go out and buy a square pan....'cause you spin me right round baby right round?.....it's hip to be square? <what??> No. It was the weather. It was so freakin' cold (wind chill is not my friend). So I stayed in the office during my lunch hour on both Monday and Tuesday.
I should probably mention that there is this cold/flu/demon illness floating around our office/city/country. And I should also mention that some people still feel the need to come into work everyday when they're sick. Really? Really?
Guess I should also mention that I have asthma. Now that doesn't mean I'm more susceptible to getting a cold, rather that when I get a cold chances are it's going to mess with my asthma.
Wow, pretty long winded for someone who can't breathe through her nose.
All this to say that I'm sick and have been at home for the past three days from work. And there has been no activity in the kitchen.....or anywhere else for that matter......
My hubbie has been making all the meals and taking care of me. Oh sure I'm a treat, and who wouldn't want to be around a mouth breathing, mucous producing, lung hacking up person like me?! Love you honey. I'm going to be honest.....it isn't pretty....and by 'it' I mean me. And I know everyone who knows me will find this hard to believe, but I'm kinda whiny when I'm sick.
It is now Saturday and each day I have been feeling worse than the last. (today being no different)
So I can't bake this cake......
Yep, we gotta keep this contagion within this house.
Okay, so I am going to talk the hubbie through this recipe. And I'll take some photos from a distance.
Parchment paper being cut for bottom of pan. Huh, he folded it in half and then cut a circle.....that seems like a smart thing to do....huh....
First you add the flour....
Hubbie is doing such a good job! I wonder if I'll be able to talk him into this again.
Okay, it has been 35 minutes and it is still way jiggly in the middle. Another 8 minutes added on.
And another 5 minutes added after that. I always seem to need more time when it comes to baking....why is that? And another 8 minutes added. sheesh.
Looks like somebody likes my chocolate chopper thingy.
Now lets get this frosting on the cake!!!
Sorry, I have to live vicariously through my hubbie as I am not able to touch anything.
The cake looks great! My guy did a fantastic job. Unfortunately I can't taste it. Oh I ate a piece, I just literally can't taste anything due to this cold/flu/demon illness. But it looks good and I've been told it tastes good and that the frosting is very chocolatey. Sigh....I sure do wish I could taste it.
Saturday night's alright for a Sunday Night Cake.