El and Lo Bake. Together! And Get a Little Drunkity. Mostly Drunkity. But There’s Some Baking. Really.

7 07 2009

Sorry for the hiatus. I had a vacation, and then had to sit shiva for the deaths of Farrah and the King of Pop. Then it was the 4th of July weekend which meant something awesome: I had a 4 day work week after my vacation! Oh, and El was coming down to the RVA to see off our good friend as she moved across the world. And to get a wee bit waste-y. With me! Jealous?? You should be. After some debate as to what we should bake for said friend’s send-off, we drank. And then I let El look at my Dorie Greenspan book. HOO-BOY, did she ever get a baking boner! We finally decided on Dorie’s Perfect Party Cake because El had a hankerin’ for some lemon and berries and I’m easy like Sunday mornin’ when it comes to baked goods. We used blackberry preserves and blackberries because Kroger is a den of lies and SAID it had raspberries but CLEARLY did not. I was stoked because I love to zest lemons and squeeze the life out of them, and because I’d never made Swiss Meringue Buttercream before. It’s not that hard. And pretty tasty. Delicious, in fact. SO DELICIOUS that El was ready to leave her single life and settle down with that cake.  They would make little cake babies and then, I suppose, El would eat those too. That’s a little weird… So without further ado, here is our dramatic pictorial of how we spent our summer vacation: Wait, no. How we spent our weekend while being the teensiest little bit hungover. Ahem:

Lo's kitchen before the storm.

Lo's kitchen before the storm.

Mmm! Egg yolks! There were 8 of these leftover, so I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies and I'm going to make pastry cream for BOSTON CREAM PIE CUPCAKES. Jealous??

Mmm! Egg yolks! There were 8 of these leftover, so I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies and I'm going to make pastry cream for BOSTON CREAM PIE CUPCAKES. Jealous??

Action shot! El adds....extract. Of some sort. Caught on film!

Action shot! El adds....extract. Of some sort. Caught on film!

Pretty much our mantra all the time. But especially when we're together! (Thanks to Kona for the awesome apron!)

Pretty much our mantra all the time. But especially when we're together! (Thanks to Kona for the awesome apron!)

What do you do with leftover batter? Cupcakes, of course! We used less than 8" x 2" round cake pans, so we had leftover batter. We put coconut on these since the guest of honor isn't a fan. LOVE the coconut. Just pop 'em in the oven for 15 minutes or so.

What do you do with leftover batter? Cupcakes, of course! We used less than 8" x 2" round cake pans, so we had leftover batter. We put coconut on these since the guest of honor isn't a fan. LOVE the coconut. Just pop 'em in the oven for 15 minutes or so.

Making the purty layers. This was all El. Because I am a bad decorator. And I was asleep at this point.

Making the purty layers. This was all El. Because I am a bad decorator. And I was asleep at this point.

The almost-finished product....

The almost-finished product....

And TA-DA! It's all finished! Way to be, El!

And TA-DA! It's all finished! Way to be, El!

Mexican Thumb Wrestlers say: "Dos pulgares arriba!"

Mexican Thumb Wrestlers say: "Dos pulgares arriba!"

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10 01 2010
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