Continuing from the cake last week…
You might notice there haven’t been too many desserts lately. I’ve either been making the same old stuff, or having not great luck with new recipes. We’ve also been eating fewer desserts so I haven’t needed to make as many because they last longer. (We have also been buying tons of Oreos since it is an easy small treat post-dinner for the kids).
But here we are with a coconut cake.
About a year ago I attempted to make fudge from this same cookbook and I had the worst luck with it. The fudge was completely…well, nothing. It wasn’t edible, fudgelike, or anything salvageable. It was one of the biggest fails I have had in a long time. And particularly disheartening when your blog name is Fudging Ahead. Oh well. I decided to give it one more go and figured if it didn’t work, then I would make a different chocolate frosting instead.
In case you’re wondering about the size of this cake and the shape, I made it for the Fudgelet’s half birthday. He liked it…but said he wants his next cake to be a sheet cake because he didn’t like having frosting inside the cake…I have no words.
More pictures will be shared Wednesday when I share the frosting, but this cake was for the Fudgelet turning 4.5! I actually made it as a surprise for him. I baked the cake while he was at school, and then hid it (kind of…it was still on the counter cooling when he came home, and then I managed to wrap it up without him seeing it later). I made the frosting and frosted it while he was sleeping, so when I revealed the cake in the morning he was quite confused! He did appreciate the sprinkles.
I was super excited to try this recipe because I’ve been searching for my ultimate pound cake. But I was more excited because I realized it was a vanilla cake that the Chiplet could have. It has butter and sour cream, but the quantities are small enough that he can have it! I made this (mostly) as directed and plan to try it in a non-loaf pan to see if I could turn it into cupcakes. If I do, I will report back.
I’ve been wanting to make a jellyroll cake for a long time. I’ve found so many recipes for them that look good, and I’ve watched videos, read about them…I’ve even made one. I made it back in college when I was still learning how to cook different recipes. When I tried making one then, it turned out like a big cracker. I realized that I had forgotten the sugar, and I’m not sure if anything else was wrong, but yeah. It was an epic failure. I couldn’t even practice the rolling part. Well, I finally got the courage up and I made one. It turned out better and was easier than I thought. But I still learned some tricks.
A little while ago I shared that I had made a vanilla cake recipe from my favorite cake book to make cupcakes for the Fudgelet. I also used the same recipe to try out my new number/letter cake pan. Maybe not the best idea to use a new recipe and a new pan, but it worked pretty well. The cake pan had a little bit of a learning curve but nothing crazy and we liked the cakes we got. Basically, the letter pan is about the same amount of batter as an 8 inch cake, so I ended up having some batter left that I used for a round cake.