Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Cakes of all sorts

I happen to love cake of all kinds. It's funny though, I think I actually enjoy making cake more than I like eating it. The truth is, if you gave me a choice over cake or ice cream, I would hands down chose ice cream *gasp* But that being said I still do love cake, and instead of my usual cupcakes, I tried out different types of cake this week.

First is actually a savory cake. Black bean cakes. Well "burgers" really, but for the sake of this post, I'm calling them cakes. I am getting tired of the same old veggie burgers and patties that I buy all the time at the grocery. Sure they are great, but there is no variation and lets be honest, they are pretty expensive. So I started looking around for some quick veggie burgers, or cakes, to make and keep in the fridge so I can throw them in the microwave after a long day of class, work, and rehearsal.
I adapted this recipe for black bean cakes from here.

It is really a simple recipe. Just mashed black beans mixed with chopped onions and bell pepper then bound together with a couple eggs and some bread crumbs. I didn't have any hot sauce to throw in like the original recipe called for, but I did sprinkle some Tony's on after baking and the added spice was nice.I added some cheese to the top of a couple and they turned out delicious, and so much cheaper than buying veggie burgers in the freezer section!
Then I wanted to make a birthday cake for Tara, and her favorite cake is carrot cake! I enlisted Virginia as my little carrot grater. lots and lots of grated carrots.A pretty simple batter
but with the added carrots and nuts (I used walnuts instead of pecans because that's what I had around the house) it is a delicious carrot cake!Then whip up a simple cream cheese frosting...
look at all that cream cheese and butter, Paula would be proud.I usually stick to cupcakes because layer cakes make me nervous, but I decided to give it a try. I am no expert cake carver, so the sides were a little uneven, but that just shows the homemade love right?Instead of the normal piped carrots on top of the cake, I decided to roll some shredded carrots in sugar and decorate the cake with actual carrots! And it helped me camouflage the unevenness of the cake...Then I just used a little melted chocolate to pipe a birthday wish on top!After kidnapping Tara for breakfast out I finished up the cake to take to our dinner that night!

Happy birthday Tara!

1 comment:

  1. the cake looks awesome!! next time don't frost the sides- just load up the top and middle- looks rustic and embraces the errors :) next time you come to atlanta or i visit athens you will have to experience the Cake Hag- best cake EVER