Sunday, April 16, 2006

"It's Not Dessert If It's Not Chocolate"

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In my world, it's not dessert if it's not chocolate. For the most part, those are the words by which I live and bake. Given that fact, I had been already thinking about dessert for Easter dinner when my SIL called. We decided that it was high time we revisit the Lemon-Lattice White Chocolate Cake that I had made for her birthday a couple years ago. I got the recipe from my Aunt Heather (who is known for her incredible desserts). Bless you, Auntie Heather!

Since, I had made this cake before I knew that I wouldn't have time to make it this morning. Last night, at 11pm, I started making the dessert for our family dinner today. I won't tell you what time I went to bed, but I will say that I heard the cabs and cars going by when the bars closed down. Recipes should come with a disclaimer. Perhaps if it said something like this:

"Caution: This cake will take a sizeable chunk of time to make. You will need 4 hours to make all the components, several hours of cooling time and about an hour to assemble the whole thing. It is a pain in the arse, but the result is a cake that presents well, is delicious and totally worth it. But we just wanted you to know."

I asked Andrew to take some photos of the cake assembly this morning. He agreed to take them but then asked, "When is it that you start doing things just so you can blog them?"

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.... maybe now?

Easter cake 2006

Making the Frosting

Layer #1

Still Layer #1

All stacked up

Lattice work

Lemon-Lattice White Chocolate Cake

You don't want to know what it looks like now.


  1. That looks pretty damn GOOD! I am a chocoholic too, and used to be of the "it's not dessert if it's not chocolate" school, but have recently (in the last year or so) often chosen non-chocolate desserts, especially if they're not prepared by me or my sister. It seems that so many of the ones in bake shops or restaurants LOOK so much better than they taste and are disappointments. So I find that something lemony or spicy or fruity are often my new favorites when I'm out. Lemon can be so great!

  2. *drool*

    That looks too good!!!

  3. A mini Martha moment she would be so proud. It look yummy!

  4. amazing-- what a beautiful cake! you're right about the caveats that recipes should have. and some cookbook authors are such LIARS! 30 minutes to prepare, my aunt fanny!

  5. Anonymous7:11 a.m.

    You STARTED this at 11pm!?! I don't start anything after 8 pm. I would have gotten my fingers ripped off handling the mixer (though either fatigue or tipsiness, depending on the night).

    (gasp) It looks bee-yoo-tee-ful!

    But you are insane.

  6. God, that's gorgeous. I'm suitably impressed.

    Hey, the gauntlets look pretty good too. I have a birthday coming up and I could use a pair of those....ok, it's in July, but there's always next winter, right?

    Oops, they're not for me? Drat, I guess I'll have to knit some then.

  7. frecklegirl jess6:02 p.m.

    That cake looks SOOO GOOD. I am obsessed with lemond desserts right now.


  8. The apron is pretty stylin' I must say. I love lemon desserts too, and that looks super yummy.

  9. And I thought it was safe to surf *knitting* blogs AFTER the dentist - when I haven't had anything to eat since early this morning. Moan and drool.

    So much for my thought that your blog always cheers me up.
    And I can't even gnash my teeth, not being able to feel anything yet.
    Tomato soup - although not for a while - is NOT going to taste like that beautiful cake!

  10. Thought of your "cankles" when I saw this sock pattern -

    Maybe you can add something else to your list - an unstarted UFO.

  11. Anonymous9:27 a.m.

    As an eye witness to Steph's below the knee anatomy - I can with great authority say that she has vastly over-exaggerated the existence of cankles for comic relief.

    Signed, a defender of Steph's overall petiteness.

  12. You are so0o0o0o talented!!!! Just reading your blog I have developed a huge craving for chocolate, would love to be adorned in your beautiful wears....and, and, love, LOVE your sense of humour!!!
    Great to see you in the gallery.
    cheers, Lala